Juneau Lighthouse Tours FAQ

If you have another tour scheduled that ends within an hour before your pick-up time or beginning within an hour after your scheduled drop-off time of our tour, you will need to let us know as soon as possible. We do not want to compromise our tour because of scheduling conflicts. This is not fair to the other passengers. We will call a taxi to take you to where you need to go and payment is your responsibility. We try to schedule our tours with ample time between to ensure there is time to allow for any unforeseen delays. Contact the Reservation Team if you are considering multiple tours, so we can help maximize your limited time.
Unfortunately, in order to extend the discount for ANY tour, the payment must be made by one person (exception: a deposit and final payment, if applicable, can be made by two different people).
Humpback and orca whales. We have seen humpback whales on 100% of our trips since 2004. We see orca whales about 20% of the time.
The best months are May through September for humpback whales.
No/Yes. After seeing whales on 100% of the trips, we decided not to use this as a means to get customers. We promise to do the best we can to locate whales on each and every trip. If you do not see a whale on your tour, you will receive a 50% refund.
From the time we depart from your pick-up location until the time we return you, it will be about 4.5 hours which includes roundtrip transportation from your pick-up location. Most tours will include a stop at the Brotherhood Bridge for a photo opportunity of the Mendenhall Glacier. TOUR TIMELINE EXAMPLE: If your tour meeting time is 9:20 a.m., we plan for transportation to leave by 9:30 a.m. and arrive at the harbor where our boats depart by 10 a.m. When you arrive at the harbor, you will be met by your captain or guide and have an opportunity to use the restroom on land (there is one on the boat, it's just not as roomy) and then you will head down the dock to board our vessel for your whale watching adventure! You will start heading back to the harbor at approximately 12:35 p.m. (depending on where you are) so that you can be disembarking by about 12:55 p.m. to meet your returning transport at 1 p.m. The shuttle will head to the Brotherhood Bridge for a look at the Mendenhall Glacier* on your return to town. This stop will be 10 to 15 minutes in duration, you will then be returned back to your pick-up location by 1:45 p.m. *Mendenhall Glacier sighting is weather dependent.
Yes. Humpback whales surface + or - every 15 minutes to breathe.
History has taught us that it makes no difference. We have seen whales on 100% of our tours for the last 11 years. Being the wild animals that they are, you just cannot predict when they will be more active! They have no set time for breaching, tail lobbing, peck slapping, etc. If you happen to witness this behavior, you know you are seeing something special. 🙂
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) states that boats may not approach Humpback Whales closer than 100 yards (300 ft).
Yes, click HERE to read an article by Sven & Anja (2014 guests). They are also happy to help translate if needed!
Yes. We will pick you up in our courtesy shuttle near your cruise ship or hotel and drive you out to the boat and return you to your ship/hotel when we are done with the tour.
Yes, flushing toilet and locking door.
Yes. The boats have enclosed cabins with large windows and heaters if the weather is cold.

ChartJuneau is located in the inside passage; there is no open ocean water near Juneau. You are within sight of land at all times. Between May and the end of August, the water is usually pretty calm. The wind is usually 15 mph or less, although an occasional storm can blow through. In September expect it to be rainy, windy, and chilly on the water.

Click HERE for the current weather in Juneau.

68% chance of clouds and rain. We are located in a rainforest and it is usually cooler on the water. In 2011, the average temperature on the water was around 55 degrees. A good combination to wear is an outer layer that is wind/rainproof with a fleece coat underneath, this will keep you warm and dry. If you are from a warmer climate, you might want a hat and gloves. May and September can be windier and colder. A comfortable passenger is a happy passenger!

Almost never. 15 passengers in the last 13 years.
Yes, a full 100% refund. Refunds are generally processed immediately, however, it gets very busy during the season and may take up to 14 days.
Since we are such a small operation, we have two people (Kayla and Colleen) handling all of the reservations, payments, follow-ups, scheduling, and phone calls. Once the season begins, they do not have time to re-invoice everyone who has a balance due.
Your tour is 100% refundable if you cancel at least 30 days before the tour date. A refund may be subject to a 3% administrative fee if you request a check refund and your original payment was via credit card. Cancellations 15-29 days prior to your tour date will receive a 50% refund*. No refunds for no-shows or cancellations within 14 days of the tour date. Refunds are generally processed immediately, however, it gets very busy during the season and may take up to 14 days. *No additional administrative fees for partial refunds.

First, we have never had anybody miss their cruise ship. We guarantee we will get you back to your cruise ship before it departs.

If we fail:

1. You will receive a full refund for the whale watching tour.

2. Each passenger on board will receive $100.

3. We will pay the boat or plane fare to get you to your next port of call.

4. If needed, we will provide food and lodging.

Eagles, sea lions, seals, lighthouses, mountain glaciers, remote islands, and beautiful mountains.
For the safety and enjoyment of all passengers, smoking and drinking are not allowed.
Unfortunately, due to changes in permitting and regulations by the US Forest Service, we can no longer pick-up or drop-off at the Mendenhall Glacier. You can schedule a taxi ahead of time or call when you arrive, the two main companies that service the glacier are Evergreen Taxi – 907-586-2121 / www.evergreentaxi.com and Juneau Taxi & Tours – 907-789-1111 / www.juneau.cab
Our smallest boats take 6 guests. For guests who would like a bit of a discount, we offer tours with up to 18 guests. For private groups, we can accommodate up to 18 guests. Children and infants regardless of age are included in the total.
We have several boat options. We can run 6 passenger boats in tandem or we can accommodate groups of up to 18 on a single boat depending on availability for that day.
Our tours are designed to help maximize passenger’s limited time in port and it is important to be on time so we can leave on time. Passengers often have other tours or plans for the day where we drop them off at their next location. We feel this is not fair for the other passengers who are on time. WE WILL WAIT 10 MINUTES and then leave for the tour. You will NOT receive a refund. Please be on time. If there is space on a later tour, we will try to reschedule, but we cannot guarantee that the later tours will have space.
Because of our limited seating capacity, we are unable to offer any discounts.
We have adjusted our child policy. If you would like to guarantee that there are no children on your tour you will need to book a private tour.
We have seen as many as 25 in one day, but we are happy if we get to see 2 to 3 different humpback whales per trip.
By far, most of the time we just watch the whales swimming through the water, coming up to breathe every 7 to 15 minutes. We always enjoy seeing the fluke or tail, but they don’t always show their tail when they dive. We see a whale breach on about 14% of our trips. In 2011 we saw bubble feeding on 16% of the tours. Each trip and each day is different.
YES! We have been observing the demand over that past few years and have come to realize that we can still offer the same fantastic personalized tour with up to 14 guests – and with the weather being unpredictable – we have increased our capacity. We are still operating 6-passenger boats for guests who have smaller private groups or would like that experience.

The custom-built M/V Alaskan (12 guests), has sailed very successfully since 2010. We added another custom-built boat in 2012, the M/V Riptide (14 guests), and brand new in 2015, the M/V Chilkat (18 guests – for larger private groups).

You can wait as long as you like, (we need about one-hour notice if you are in town and we have space), however, it is best to make the reservation as soon as you can to get the dates and times you want, some dates are filling up already. If you have been e-mailing and asking questions for a while, you may lose the spot you are interested in because someone else called or emailed and booked for that date and time.

Go to our contact page and send an email or call Kayla or Colleen. If you are making a reservation through our online system, you will be required to pay the balance in full at the time of booking.

If you would like the option to pay a 50% deposit, you will need to contact us directly via email – [email protected] – or call 866-909-7288. To confirm a reservation by phone, we require a 50% deposit at the time of booking if paying by credit card. If paying by check, payment in full is required 30 days prior to your tour.

Please make checks payable to Alaska Galore Tours and mail to P.O. Box 32825, Juneau, AK 99803

Deposit is 100%* refundable if you cancel 30 days before the tour date.

*If you pay by check we will issue your refund in full by check = 100% refund.

Credit card refunds may be assessed an additional 3% fee.

Your payment is fully refundable (fewer fees stated above) up to 30 days prior to your tour date. If you cancel 15-29 days prior to your tour date you will receive a 50% refund, if you cancel within 14 days, or do not show up for your tour, there is no refund.

Click HERE to see pictures of the boats.
We recommend Alaska Galore Tours (our sister company with the same customer service and tour quality). If you would like to do more research, check the official Juneau travel website. Most of our competitors are listed here along with everything else there is to do in Juneau. Look through them and pick the one that works best for you.

Juneau Lighthouse Tours, LLC

P.O. Box 32825

Juneau, AK 99803



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