Travel in comfort aboard our state-of-the-art 48-passenger jet boat, and set off exploring the waters around Juneau, surrounded by magnificent scenery, in search of humpback and orca whales that are actively feeding in the southeast Alaskan waters. You will savor wild Alaska salmon amidst amazing scenery at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake. This tour combines a thrilling whale-watching cruise with a relaxing Alaska Salmon Bake for the best of picturesque Juneau!
Auke Bay, with its pristine marine habitat and dazzling mountain and glacier views, is the ideal place to commence your wildlife cruise. Join your captain and naturalist aboard our jet boat, custom built for whale watching in Juneau waters. Remember to keep your camera handy as you slip your mooring and the famous Mendenhall Glacier comes into view (on clear days).
Juneau has a healthy humpback whale population with some 65 whales returning each season to feed in the nutrient-rich waters. Your captain will let you know when whales are spotted, so get ready to join in the collective chorus of "Oohs!" and "Aahs!" These waters are so rich, whale sightings are guaranteed! In fact, if a whale is not spotted you’ll receive a $100 refund ($50 for children).
Binoculars are available for your use onboard. Venture out on the deck to enjoy a panoramic view of your surroundings and snap a photo or, stay inside the warm and comfortable interior to enjoy the scenery and wildlife sightings through the oversized windows.
Immediately following your cruise, head to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake, featured on Bravo Television’s Top Chef, an event that’s been grilled to perfection for 38 years. Savor the aroma of wild Alaska salmon, grilling over a fragrant alder wood fire—the signature entrée of this all-you-can-eat adventure. This sumptuous spread has something for everyone with a variety of Alaskan dishes, sides, and blueberry cake for dessert.
Relax listening to live folk music in a truly unique, lush rainforest environment under heated, translucent domes. Take a short stroll along a natural salmon-spawning creek to the entrance of the Wagner Mine at beautiful Salmon Creek Falls where you can pan for gold, see mining relics, and look for salmon during spawning season. Have fun roasting marshmallows over a campfire and taking photos at our interactive, gold rush mural. The food, entertainment, activities, and ambiance make Gold Creek Salmon Bake an Alaskan experience that is much more than a meal. Take your time! With frequent courtesy bus service, you can return at your leisure.
Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port