Juneau's top attractions and abundant marine wildlife are yours to discover during this half-day photo safari via land and water.
This tour has been recommended by Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society based on its philosophy that guided experiences in nature should inspire people, young and old, to act responsibly for the protection of our planet's vital ecosystems.
Depart the pier in a media-equipped van with your naturalist photography guide for the drive to some of Juneau's most photogenic locales. En route, your guide will share handy tips and techniques to enhance your images, along with personal stories and insights about the area's cultural and natural history. You will also view a slideshow depicting personal images and illustrated photography techniques.
Upon arrival at the Mendenhall Glacier, you will witness the effects of the last Ice Age on this picturesque valley. During your guided walking tour along the Trail of Time, you will take in splendid vistas and photo opportunities of your surroundings, including wildflowers, beaver dams, cascading waterfalls and spawning salmon (in season).
Next, you will explore the channels and islets of the infamous Stephen's Passage during a memorable 2-hour cruise aboard a covered exploration vessel. The vessel's large panel windows open wide, and offer unrestricted panoramic views that will enhance your photography and viewing experience. Photo opportunities along the way may include blue-hued glacial ice, foggy channels, eagles, humpback whales, sea lions, killer whales, black bears, and more. Your guide will provide you with photo assistance throughout the tour. (Rain ponchos or jackets, umbrellas, binoculars, camera towels, bottled water, and a light snack are included).
Following your cruise, you will reboard the shuttle for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a 3/4 mile of walking on a gentle improved trail. To ensure a comfortable and interactive atmosphere for all participants, a maximum of 14 guests will be permitted on this tour. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras, and plenty of film or memory. This tour operates in all weather conditions. Dress warmly in layers and wear comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes, as temperatures may vary. Children ages 12 years old and younger will receive a complimentary digital camera. Although common, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.