Some of the Best Whale Watching Tours in Alaska

Is whale watching in Alaska on your bucket list? If so, you’re in luck! Whales begin their annual migration from the warm waters of Mexico in February and arrive in Alaska in April. Various species can be seen throughout the year, including gray whales, beluga whales, humpbacks, blue whales, and killer whales. While it’s not uncommon for cruise passengers to see them right from the deck of the ship, the best chance you have of spotting a whale is to take a whale watching tour. You’ll get a closer view of these magnificent mammals and will learn plenty of interesting facts along the way! Here are some of our favorite whale watching tours in Alaska.

Top Whale Watching Tours in Alaska

Kenai Fjords Tours

Established in 1974, Kenai Fjords Tours is the original tour operator of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, AK. The Kenai Peninsula is known as “Alaska’s Playground.” It features outdoor recreational opportunities of all kinds and is a mecca for sportsmen and women. Many different types of whales have been spotted here, as have Arctic birdlife, seals, sea lions, and porpoises. Kenai Fjords’ top tours include:

  • Gray Whale Watch: This 4-hour cruise is the perfect way to witness the annual whale migration. You’ll see grays, humpbacks, orcas, and more! The tour comes with a free lunch and is available March through May.
  • Resurrection Bay Wildlife Tour: The Resurrection Bay Tour offers views of the jagged cliffs, wildlife, and alpine glaciers of Resurrection Bay. It even features an exclusive wild Alaska salmon and prime rib lunch at Fox Island Lodge. Bring your camera and snap a photo of the magnificent Bear Glacier during your trip.
  • National Park Tour: Known as Alaska’s most popular wildlife and glacier cruise, this tour provides an in-depth experience of Kenai Fjords National Park. Tours are fully narrated and include lunch as well as a visit to the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

Phillips Cruises

Phillips Cruises and Tours near Anchorage, AK offers award-winning glacier cruises to Alaska residents and visitors from around the world. The cruises depart from Whittier and explore Prince William Sound – a wonderland of massive glaciers, dense spruce forests, and abundant wildlife. Each tour includes a complimentary hot meal, full-service bar, restrooms, and narration by U.S. Forest Service Rangers. Phillips Cruises even boasts an exclusive “No Seasickness Guarantee”! Some of their most popular cruises include:

  • 26 Glacier Cruise: On this all-day tour, guests will experience the serenity of Esther Passage. View the majestic alpine and tidewater glaciers in College and Harriman Fjord while traveling in luxurious comfort aboard the M/V Klondike Express, the fastest catamaran in Alaska.
  • Glacier Quest Cruise: The Glacier Quest Cruise is a great choice for families with children. You’ll cruise into Blackstone Bay (home to seven glaciers and Yosemite-scale waterfalls) and watch for playful sea otters, harbor seals, kittiwakes, bears, whales, and mountain goats.
  • Sunset Glacier Cruise: Whale watching is spectacular any time of the day, but sunset is truly a magical time. Alaska’s long hours of daylight cast a special light on the glaciers of Blackstone Bay during this unforgettable evening tour.

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Now that you know all about the best whale watching tours in Alaska, it’s time to start planning your trip! Our comfortable cottages, apartments, and bed and breakfast rooms are just a short drive from Seward and Whittier and have everything you need for a wonderful stay. We even offer vacation packages and specials to help you save on your trip! Visit our accommodations page to see what’s available and contact us today to make your reservations. We look forward to hearing from you!

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