Paddle With Whales!

Private Island Basecamp

Spend the Night with the Whales

2 days/1 night

Kayak, Sightseeing, Boat Ride, Camping, Fine Dining

Paddle Up Close with Wildlife

Currently not available in 2020 and 2021


We pick you up.

Experience The Trip


he City of Juneau is an island of civilization surrounded by wilderness and located just a short distance away from this civilization is the Channel Islands State Marine Park, also known as one of the richest feeding grounds for humpback whales in the world. This area is composed of over a dozen uninhabited islands that provide unique recreational opportunities as well as a refuge for marine, terrestrial, and bird life. In addition to the wildlife, the islands are part of the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world and are covered by the thick and varied vegetation.

These islands are best explored by boats and their close proximity to the mainland make them ideal for participants of all ages and abilities to discover the nature of wild Alaska and the world of sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and overnight camping. With our local knowledge and experienced guides we will choose a camping/paddling location based on your group’s ability and the best wildlife viewing opportunities, providing a stress free wilderness experience.

The Trip Itinerary

2 days /1 night

Pre Trip

Prior to your scheduled departure

Your guide will contact you by phone or meet with you in person to introduce themselves, answer any last minute questions, and ensure that you have all the necessary equipment.

Day 1

Early in the morning

Our van will pick you up from your local accommodations and transport you to our warehouse for a trip orientation, gear outfitting, and safety briefing. Once packed we will drive to our launch point, load our kayaks, and get out onto the water. Our destination will depend on the time of year, the weather, and your desires. From the launch we will paddle along the shore looking for both marine and terrestrial wildlife in the two primary environments of Southeast Alaska: ocean and old growth temperate rain forest. Upon arriving at our camping destination use the opportunity to explore the islands beach and forest while the guide sets up the tents and cooks a delicious meal. After enjoying dinner allow the sounds of nature to lull you so sleep, cozy in a warm and dry sleeping bag and tent.

Day 2

Following a hearty breakfast, we will pack up and head back out along the coast in the kayak or try out a stand up paddle board. The beauty of this trip is that you determine your pace, as this trip is designed for you! Take a break and enjoy a couple hours of beachcombing, or paddle further to experience more of the rugged coastline and to increase the likelihood for wildlife encounters. At the end of the day our van or water taxi will pick us up and transport you back to your local accommodations.

Practical Info

Client Pickup Information

The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers.

Passengers Arriving At AJ Dock
Special Note:

Because the AJ Dock is about a 20 minute walk away from the “C” Sign, clients off cruise ships docking at the AJ Dock with 30 minutes or less between their ship’s arrival time and ABAK’s trip departure time will be picked up directly from the AJ Dock.

Hotel Guests

Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel. Clients with their own transportation may meet their guides directly at the ABAK Office at 2767 Sherwood Lane Juneau AK 99801

This is the "C" sign. Right by the tram.


2 days/1 night

Currently not available in 2020 and 2021

Group Size: Minimum of 4, Maximum of 12

Minimum Age: 8 years old

Included In The Price

  • Professional guides and boat captain
  • Roundtrip van transportation & private boat charter
  • State Marine Park permits
  • All Necessary Camping equipment
  • All Necessary Kayaking and Paddling equipment
  • Rain gear (hooded jacket, rubber boots and pants)
  • Full lunch and beverages included – Please note any dietary restriction
  • Dry bags for personal gear

Not Included In Price

  • A spirit for adventure
  • Personal clothing: We recommend you prepare for rain and hope for sunshine in regards to the weather.  Due to the cool, damp climate it is best NOT to wear cotton and instead, wear clothing made of polyester, wool, fleece, nylon, polypropylene, and/or capilene.
  • Toiletries and personal items (only the essentials, see the Recommended Gear List)
  • Camera with extra batteries and extra memory card
  • Your lodging for the nights before and after your trip
  • The ability to spend up to 2-3 hours in a kayak at a time and paddle 10+ miles in day

Important Notes

  • Kayak Restrictions: Our kayaks can accommodate a maximum torso (waist-chest) diameter of 55 inches (140cm). Maximum weight limit is 600lbs (272kg) for double kayaks. People taller than 6’2″ (188cm) find operating the rudder challenging, as the pedals only adjust to a certain maximum distance; however, people as tall as 6’8″ have been able to paddle our kayaks.
  • Peak months to have a chance to see whales by kayak: July-September
  • Peak months to have a chance to see sea lions by kayak: May-June
  • The best chance to see whales from a kayak are July, August, and September during the prime humpback whale feeding season. Although we can see whales from our private boat charter during the months of May and June, we don’t typically see them from a kayak.
  • PLEASE NOTE, we cannot guarantee whale or wildlife sightings by kayak. This is Wild Alaska! Please do not book this trip if you want guaranteed whales or wildlife by kayak. Our goal on this trip is to guarantee you an awesome time packed with adventure, great guides, and fantastic food.
  • The Marine Mammal regulations require us to remain at least a 100 yards from wildlife.
  • All clients will be outfitted in double kayaks. Clients interested in single kayaks need to book a private trip.
  • This trip operates in all weather conditions (barring unsafe conditions, to be determined by ABAK) – We cannot stress how important it is to dress appropriately.
  • WAIVER FORM: Every participant must sign a waiver form at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to the waiver are not permitted.

Private Departures: Please inquire.

Departure Times: Daily departures available on Thursday and Friday.

Dates of Operation: May 31st – August 25th, 2018

Group Size: Minimum of 4, Maximum of 12

Minimum Age: 8 years old. Children must be in good enough physical condition to paddle a tandem kayak with an adult.

Activity Level: Moderate with No Experience Necessary – Family friendly tour

Documentation Needed:

  • Name of client(s)
  • Cell phone contact number of client
  • Desired trip date and departure time
  • Name of cruise ship or hotel
  • Participants’ ages, especially anyone under the age of 18
  • Rain gear & shoe sizes (please specify male or female)
  • Any pertinent medical issues, allergies or dietary restrictions
  • Primary language spoken, if other than English

Please note: Clients must disclose information regarding pertinent medical conditions/history, allergies and any type of restriction or limitation that might introduce a higher degree of challenge on this trip. ABAK strives to accommodate various conditions, restrictions and/or limitations and can better do so with prior knowledge of such. Women who are pregnant are welcome to participate in this trip with a doctor’s note confirming the safety of their participation in the activities of the tour.

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