Duration: 4.5 hours; $169. Keeping the fun fluid is pretty simple when it comes to Mendenhall Lake. Well, other than the rivers of ice - and the icebergs. Luckily you'll be in the hands of an experienced guide as you paddle around these obstacles in your very own kayak! Just a few miles from downtown Juneau, the Mendenhall Glacier has created a stunning playground for outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to the aforementioned ice, you'll find yourself surrounded by sweeping vistas of rainforest-covered mountain peaks with powerful waterfalls plunging downward from atop them. While embodying the "real Alaskan" experience, this incredible adventure is open to paddlers of all experience levels. As you paddle, your guide will teach you everything you need to know, in addition to enhancing the experience with stories of intrepid naturalists. Roundtrip shuttle transportation from the cruiseship dock and local hotels is provided. Your adventure will take approximately 4.5 hours round trip and will include five to six miles of paddling. A snack and water are also provided. And ice. Lots of ice.
Get away with a kayak adventure across majestic Mendenhall Lake just outside of Juneau
Paddle around icebergs that broke off of the nearby Mendenhall Glacier
Take in remarkable views of mountain peaks and temperate rainforest
Hear stories of the area and get kayaking pointers from a friendly local guide
Note: Minimum age required is 8 years old.
Minimum Fitness Requirements: Fit enough to paddle 5-6 miles roundtrip. Strong and agile enough to re-enter a kayak with assistance from a professional guide.
Channel Islands Marine Park Kayaking
Duration: 6.5 hours; $249. Juneau what the best park around is? Alask-ya again; well, do ya? It's Channel Islands Marine Park of course! This trip combines a boat transport to an uninhabited island, sea kayaking, and wildlife viewing for the ultimate eco-adventure! You will be picked up near your cruise ship or hotel and taken to the six passenger vessel. From there you will head out of the harbor into the waters of the Inside Passage to one of the Channel Islands, where you will trade in the boat for some kayaks. The next two hours will be spent paddling along the forested shore-line, searching for whales and other wildlife and enjoying the scenery. While on the water you may see humpback whales, harbor seals, steller sea lions, dall's porpoise, harbor porpoise, orca, numerous bird species (including bald eagles), and deer or river otters along the shore. Throughout this trip your expert guides and boat captain will share their local knowledge of the area, plus interesting information about the wildlife and their behavior.
Explore the wilderness of Channel Islands Marine Park in a kayak
Paddle along the forested shoreline in search of whales and other wildlife
Enjoy the local knowledge and information provided by an expert guide
Bring along your camera to snap photos of seals, porpoise, bald eagles, and more
Note: There is a 2-person booking minimum with a maximum of 6 people.
Kayaks can accommodate a maximum torso (waist-chest) diameter of 55 inches (132cm). Maximum weight limits including gear are 300lbs (136kg) for single kayaks and 600lbs (272kg) for double kayaks. People taller than 6'2" (188cm) have a hard time operating the rudder because the pedals only adjust to a certain maximum distance. Please provide your hotel information for pick up in the "Special Requests" field upon checking out.
Cancellation Policy: All sales are final; there are no refunds.