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Alaska Whale Watching. The company offers small-group excursions (up to 20 guests) aboard a luxury yacht with an onboard naturalist, as well as a combination whale watch and flightseeing tour over the Juneau icefield. Juneau, AK, 99801. 907/321–5859 or 888/432–6722. www.akwhalewatching.com. From $159.
Juneau Sportfishing & Sightseeing. With boats that carry a maximum of six passengers, this outfit provides a personalized whale-watching trip. 2 Marine Way, Juneau, AK, 99801. 907/586–1887. www.juneausportfishing.com. From $125.
Orca Enterprises (with Captain Larry). The operator of these tours via jet boats designed for comfort and speed boasts a whale-sighting success rate of 99.9% between May and mid-October. 495 S. Franklin St., Juneau, AK, 99801. 907/789–6801 or 888/733–6722. www.alaskawhalewatching.com. From $129.
Weather Permitting Alaska. The small-boat luxury whale-watching trips of Weather Permitting last four hours, including van travel. Visitors get plenty of time to view whales, bears, sea lions, eagles, porpoises, and other animals, all the while enjoying dramatic scenery. With only 10 customers on a trip (excepting single groups of up to 12), this is among the most intimate and comprehensive whale-watches anywhere. For a truly unique experience, schedule a customized trip with an "Alaskan celebrity" such as the famous whale photographer and marine biologist Flip Nicklin (if he's available). 19400 Beardsley Way, Juneau, AK, 99801. 907/789–5843. www.weatherpermittingalaska.com. From $189.