so for our juneau shore excursion i really want to do sea kayaking and my cruise partner really wants to go on a whale watching trip... has anyone done sea kayaking in auke bay? what do you think are the chances that we might spot whales?
I've got to disagree with you, but only partially. Depending on what time of year the cruiser is coming, both Orcas and Humpbacks are often found in Fritz Cove - just inside Spuhn Island where many of the Kayak tours work.
There are several all-day kayak tours that get quite far from Auke Bay as well... so it really depends on the circumstances and time of year.
To the OP... I too would recommend splitting up whenever the interests are truly different.
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