Your personalized whale watching excursion begins in beautiful Auke Bay, original winter home of local Tlingit Indians (15 minutes north of Juneau). Auke Bay positions us within 30 minutes of some of the best feeding grounds for the endangered Humpback Whales in our area. We have occasionally seen whales and orca from the dock.
Our Auke Bay departure point allows us to cruise along the shorelines of Admiralty Island, known as the "home of the bears". It boasts the largest concentration of Alaskan Brown Bears and nesting Bald Eagles in the world. While cruising around islands in Stephens Passage we encounter and photograph the endangered Humpback Whales and Stellar Sea Lions, along with Harbor Seals, Dalls Porpoise, regular sightings of Orcas (Killer Whales), an occasional Otter, and a variety of sea and shore birds.
Our location on the "Inside Passage" of Southeast Alaska offers well-protected and usually quite calm waters. Marine mammals, the majestic Chilkat Mountains and several glaciers provide our guests the photo opportunities of a lifetime.
Our personalized tour-style and high speed boat allows us to stop, observe and photograph marine mammals in their natural environment, while safely and comfortably enjoying the rugged Alaskan scenery.
We self restrict the seating on our boats to maximize your comfort and photo opportunities. We operate three tours daily, approximately 2 1/2 hours on the water, total duration 3 1/2 hours. Custom tours are available year round.
WHALE SIGHTINGS GUARANTEED
Experience and enjoy whale watching with Juneau Alaska’s most experienced whale watch Captain. Capt. Larry started watching whales in 1987. He has been working with several whale research groups, including National Marine Fisheries, studying and documenting Humpback Whale identification, Orca identification and whale behaviors since 1994. He is known as “The whale man of Juneau Alaska” and is regularly accompanied by several of the professional naturalists on the cruise ships for photos, research and fun. His knowledge, experience and expertise will guide you to the best whale activities of the day.
Our whale sighting success rate has been 99.9% between May 1 and October 15. If we do not sight either a Humpback Whale or an Orca you will be entitled to a complimentary seat (space available) on another Orca Enterprises whale watching trip, or a 50% refund for purchase of a full fare ticket.(Discounted tickets do not qualify for guarantee.)
Summers are very busy in Southeast Alaska and this is a very popular tour. Juneau welcomes as many as 8,000 visitors a day during the summer, only a few of these will have the opportunity to enjoy a whale watching tour with Captain Larry. Book your trip early to assure seating on the trip of your choice.
We can not be booked on any of the cruise ships. You or your travel agent must contact us directly.
Captain Larry Dupler is US Coast Guard licensed and is an internationally renowned whale watch captain with over 35 years experience on the water. During this time he has served as captain and engineer on commercial and charter fishing boats, commercial diving boats, and tug boats along with his own pleasure boats. He is educated in wildlife management and marine biology and has been recognized for his work in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.
Captain Larry's love and admiration for whales originated in Washington's Puget Sound while observing Orcas as a child. It developed into an obsession while observing these awesome animals during boat trips around Southeast Alaska. For many years he has been dedicated to operating whale watching and wildlife tour boats in Southeast Alaska. He is considered the most experienced and professional whale watching captains in Southeast Alaska.
Captain Larry has been vice president of Marine Education and Research of Southeast Alaska (MERSEA), a non-profit whale support group based in Juneau, since it's inception in 1996. He works with the National Marine Mammal Laboratory, the Alaska Whale Foundation and other research organizations to identify the whales that visit the Juneau area.
Carol Pitts is the proud owner of Orca Enterprises. She has a degree in business, a Master's degree in administration, an extensive background in budget and finance, customer relations, and tourism, and is the cornerstone of Orca Enterprises. "I Love it here in Juneau, this is home." Carol says, "After many years of civilian service with the Federal government in Colorado and Alaska, they wanted to transfer me out of Juneau, so I stole Capt. Larry from another company, built a boat, and started growing the most recommended whale watching tour in Southeast Alaska." Carol is the Juneau wish coordinator for the "Make A Wish Foundation", and has received numerous awards from various agencies for her efforts and accomplishments including "Woman of the Year 2000" for personal and business accomplishments and "International Woman of the Year 2001" for national and international research support. She is a founder of Marine Education and Research of South East Alaska (MERSEA), President of Alaska Women in Travel and a member of the International Federation of Women in Travel. Carol is an invitational motivational speaker on a variety of subjects, and enthusiastically supports and encourages women in small business. Carol believes that every person who spends time with us is very special and "we are proud to show them some of our Alaska."
Our fully customized, one of a kind, mammal-safe jet boat, the "AWESOME ORCA", was designed and built specifically for whale watching tours and the comfort of our guests. It is 42 feet long and 12 feet wide, and is one of the fastest excursion vessels in Southeast Alaska. It features a fully enclosed, heated cabin with fantastic viewing from every seat. It is handicap accessible with a restroom and full galley. The rear open deck and upper level observation areas are perfect if you prefer to be outside. The "AWESOME ORCA's" design offers an opportunity for our guests to be up close and personal with the whales and wildlife we encounter.
The "ORCA ODYSEA" is the Awesome Orca's big sister and is even more awesome. She is our new boat, and was placed in service July 4, 2005. The Orca Odysea is larger in order to accommodate the handicapped and is fully ADA compliant. There is a nice loading ramp suitable for scooters and wheelcairs, even the restroom is handicap accessible. She is 51 feet long and 16 feet wide. A "state of the art" boat that incorporates a few improvements to the AwesomeOrca's design offering increased stability, smoother ride, and easier access. The Orca Odysea is the fastest tour boat in our area, allowing us to venture further from Auke Bay. This allows us opportunities to see more whales and wildlife than before, and spend more time with the animals we encounter. Our leave the crowds behind philosophy is now even better.
Many say it is a compliment to be imitated, just don’t be fooled by the imitators.
For Your Safety
Our boats are US documented vessels and undergo annual US Coast Guard safety and operational inspections. They are operated by USCG licensed captains, and have a professionally trained tour guide/naturalist on board for all tours. All of our crew members enrolled in a random drug test program and comply with our zero tolerance program. The “ORCA ODYSEA”, "AWESOME ORCA", and the “ORCA EXPRESS” all feature state of the art electronics and communication equipment, and meets USCG 100% life saving equipment requirements (flotation vests and rafts).
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Juneau, Alaska 99803
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