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Whale Watching, Juneau: 7 reviews and 11 photos

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Update: Have heard that Allen Marine bought 4 Seasons early in 2008. So that makes this tip more of a memoir than a useful tip, but will give you a feel of what a whale watching tour is like.

Took a whale watching / salmon bake tour on Four Season's vessel, The Baranof Wind, out of Auke Bay. Left at 10 AM and back to shore by 3PM. A great trip on a good sized vessel with plenty of room to roam around on deck or inside. The Baranof Wind is a 72' steel hulled catamaran that cruises at 22 knots. The ship holds 212 passengers, but there were only about 50 people onboard the day we went.

Four Seasons isn't owned or committed to cruise companies only, although you can book them through most cruiselines, so tend to be less crowded and more laid back. We can talk about vertical integration some other time :)

Saw many Humpback Whales and Steller Sealions, Bald Eagles, and the hind end of a Black Bear diving into the bushes to get away from us. We stopped at Orca Point Lodge for a great BBQ salmon lunch. The salmon was so good, I got the recipie from the cooks and use it all the time at home. They gave us time to walk around this remote area - never felt hurried. On the way back to Auke Bay, just as we were turning the corner into the harbor, an Orca came up right next to the boat - an outstanding experience!

Directions: Auke Bay next to the Ferry Terminal
Phone: 877-774-8687
Website: http://www.4seasonsmarine.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 15, 2010
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