Whales are majestic and mighty, being some of the largest animals on earth. Although these incredible creatures may be seen in zoos, aquariums, or other facilities, there is no comparison to seeing their majesty in their original, happy habitats.
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There are some lucky folks able to see whales from shore, but by far the most reliable way to get a good view is from a boat. Tourists and locals alike partake in whale–watching via boat, ferry, or kayak.
Types of Whales and Where to See Them in Alaska
April through September are best for getting a preview of whales in Alaska. During this time, you have the opportunity to see:
- Humpback whales, which can weigh up to 79k pounds. Found in Juneau and Icy Strait, Juneau offers some of the best opportunities for humpback whale sightings in the entire world.
- Gray whales, measuring from 15-45ft, can be found near Kenai Fjords National Park among humpback, orcas, and fin whales.
- Orcas (killer whales), present in Alaska’s bay’s year-round and can be seen in all the world’s oceans. They are most common over the continental shelf from southeast Alaska through the Aleutian Islands as well as north in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas.
- Beluga whales, critically endangered. From July through August, they can be found south of Anchorage along Turnagain Arm feeding on salmon. You may be able to see some from the shores of the Seward Peninsula.
- And of course, smaller whales, dolphins and other sea animals
If you’re lucky to travel to Alaska, you are bound to take in some of the most beautiful scenery no matter where you go. For whale-watching and other sea-life viewing, a professional tour experience is the way to do it. The Channel Islands State Marine Park is home to humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, porpoises, a variety of different bird species, and seals. Located Northwest of Juneau, it offers a chance to view a rich and diverse ecosystem.
Paddle with Whales!
Above and Beyond Alaska offers Kayaking with Whales as an opportunity for you and your friends or family to see the overwhelming beauty of Juneau’s natural landscape and wildlife. Your captain will guide you through the most active humpback whale feeding grounds in Alaska. First you’ll travel to a remote beach and get acquainted with your kayaks and gear. Soon after, you’ll be able to hit the water for an up-close view of southeast Alaska.
You can look at pictures but if you want to truly capture the wonders of Alaska’s natural landscape and spectacular wildlife, immerse yourself with a guided experience with Above and Beyond Alaska. Whatever your interests – glaciers, bears, and whales – we have something to offer you.