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Paddle with Whales! Kayak Adventure provided by Above & Beyond Alaska

Paddle with Whales! Kayak Adventure

Recommended by 84% of travellers
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2 adults
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  • You'll start at
    Mount Roberts Tramway
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    Above & Beyond Alaska
    Stop: 60 minutes
    This is the first stop on the tour where guests will be fitted in their gear and have a chance to use restrooms. After the tour will return to de-gear and use restrooms before returning to pick up location.
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  • You'll end at
    Mount Roberts Tramway
    490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
    Find the "C" Sign for pick up.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Mount Roberts Tramway, 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • All paddling and rain gear
  • Forest Service Permits
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • All passenger shoe sizes MUST be advised at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • All passenger rain gear sizes MUST be advised at time of booking
  • If there are any medical/diet restrictions must be advised at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Marie B wrote a review Sep. 2019
3 contributions
Not only did we get lucky with a very clear weather but the whales and sea lions were there to greet us! The guide was great and the landscape amazing (even without the whales it would at be worth it!). The snack was good, just remember it is a snack, not a lunch. Just do it!
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Response from ElizabethBarlow, Manager at Paddle with Whales! Kayak Adventure
Responded 23 Sep. 2019
Thank you for your review! So glad to hear you had such a great time and thank you for making us a part of your Alaskan vacation! Come back and see us again.
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amycenters wrote a review Sep. 2019
San Diego, California65 contributions36 helpful votes
We went whale watching and then kayaked near them with Auri. It was SO FUN! There were SO MANY WHALE PODS OUT - it was crazy. Auri (and our boat driver - I unfortunately for his name) were great; very friendly, informative, and helpful. The trip was really well-organized (with a
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Date of experience: August 2019
Response from ElizabethBarlow, Manager at Paddle with Whales! Kayak Adventure
Responded 15 Sep. 2019
Wow; what a truly amazing experience!! Thank you for taking the time to share this. I will pass this along to Auri and Wade (the captain). Thank you for letting us be a part of your Alaskan vacation and come back to see us again!
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gilaanma wrote a review Sep. 2019
Grignasco, Italy380 contributions128 helpful votes
the tour " paddle with whales" was less exciting than expected , and too expensive for what it offres . we should have paddled for 2 hours but was not the case . we really paddled very little , moving very little , despite having 4 adults . we than had stop for lunch on the
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Date of experience: August 2019
Response from Caitlin M, Manager at Paddle with Whales! Kayak Adventure
Responded 6 Sep. 2019
We are so sorry to hear about your experience! That is the exact opposite of our goal for every customer. We are reviewing this situation as a management team and brainstorming solutions to ensure it does not occur again. I have emailed you directly to gain additional feedback and to discuss reimbursement options. Thank you for sharing about your experience and providing us the opportunity to learn from it and correct it for all future clients. We greatly value you choosing to join us for your vacation and hope you will work with us to find a solution. All the best regards to you and your family!
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forego wrote a review Aug. 2019
Cold Spring, New York53 contributions32 helpful votes
We did the tour with Arya our guide and Captain Wade and both were terrific hosts. We first stopped several times to catch views of the humpback whales and then beached with a whale about 50 yards off shore. We proceeded to jump onto the two person kayaks and padded out and
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Date of experience: August 2019
Response from Caitlin M, Manager at Paddle with Whales! Kayak Adventure
Responded 21 Aug. 2019
Great to hear it! Thank you for sharing your experience and so cool to hear about your up close whale encounter. Everyday is different out there but sounds like it was the perfect day for it!
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golfgolfgolfdad wrote a review Aug. 2019
Bettendorf, United States13 contributions
We did enjoy this excursion but we never actually "Paddled with Whales". Unfortunately we caught an unusually windy day and the water was very rough so we couldn't paddle out where the whales normally are. But we still had a good time with an informative guide. We did get
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Date of experience: July 2019
Response from Caitlin M, Manager at Paddle with Whales! Kayak Adventure
Responded 7 Aug. 2019
Awww bummer! We are sorry that the weather and wind didn't cooperate with us on that particular day. That can absolutely happen and can affect the exact plan for the day. But we adapt, roll with it, and make the best of it! In Alaska, that is all we can do sometimes. So glad you still had a great day out there and we appreciate you joining us! For all clients - we can never provide any guarantees that the whales will be in a safe paddling zone. We visit the prime feeding ground within the State Marine Park and actively seek out the whales. But weather, wind, and wildlife locations can all affect our ability to paddle near the whales. This is an eco-adventure tour that we hope to provide an intimate and close up look at wildlife and their environment. But be ready for anything Alaska could throw at us! :)
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Above & Beyond Alaska
This was not our first choice tour however we had a great time! Tour guide was nice and pleasant - they did what t
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Coolest and most fun tour ever
While on an Inside Passage cruise my son picked out the Paddle and Trek tour on Mendenhall Glacier as the excursion
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Mendenhall Trek
Hey, This review is long overdue, but we finally got to sit down and organize the pictures from our trip to AK. T
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Our family of 4, including 2 teenagers will remember this for the rest of our lives. The paddle was more of a worko
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Best Tour Ever!!!
Want to give a shout out to Boy Casey. We had a wonderful tour. He went out of his way, was very safe minded and ma
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Great glacier & ice climbing experience !
Above & Beyond Alaska are a really great company - professional, friendly, helpful, locally owned by guides (with a
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Kayak and gourmet tour
Absolutely lovely. Our tour guide Miles was very informative, very friendly, and very helpful. Our group had young
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It was an incredible and amazing experience!
We went on the Mendenhall glacier paddling and trek and it was amazing! We were a group of 7 and all of us enjoy i
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Incredible Tour - Such a Unique & Fun Trip!
We had an incredible trip paddling Mendenhall Lake and trekking on Mendenhall Glacier! It was our first time settin
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Jeff S
wonderful experience!
This was by far one of the best things we did while in Alaska. Our guides were the best and very knowledgable about
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Great active, educational, safe...and unique...experience
Even though we were on a cruise we made our reservations directly with ABAK; it saved money and most of the others
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Beautiful and Amazing!!!
Thank you, Jacob, for making this one of our favorite excursions!!! It was a little intimidating climbing at diffe
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Mother Nature at her finest
Amazing! Breathtaking!! An experience you must take to witness Mother Nature and her beauty from the air and in t
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Unique and amazing adventure
I’ll start by saying I hope this is not just a once in a lifetime adventure, but with the rate of glacial melt, I’m
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Edward P
Really nice experience
Great views, great encounter with nature. Beautiful colors in the glacier. The blue was amazing. A cool small gropu
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Key Details
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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