Back in Juneau, a walk around showed that the city had little to offer in terms of coffee shops or restaurants, at least ones that were obvious to the visitor: this was a surprise as it’s the capital city of Alaska. The day had started early, and by midday it was hot, so lunch back on the ship followed by an afternoon nap seemed the best option.
The ship left Juneau as the sun set over the city and the channel.
Today the ship was docked in Juneau. In the town there were plenty of tours on offer. A three hour whale watching tour was selected, but this included forty minute bus ride each way to a small harbour at Auke Bay, to the North of Juneau. At Auke Bay the boat Big Blue was waiting, together with its Captain and a naturalist (actually a student posted here for the season) who would be explaining the area and the wildlife we were seeing. The boat was a twenty four seater and was comfortable at about half full. After a high speed run into a remote bay, the boat slowed and we started waiting and watching. It wasn't long before we were looking at Orca (which we learned were not often seen as they travel widely in search of food, on a circuit of perhaps 250 miles), Humpback Whales, Sea Eagles, Sea Lions, and Harbour Seals. Altogether, the sightseeing lasted about an hour, but it seemed to be only minutes, both because there was so much to see and because the naturalist made it all so interesting.