30 years of adventure! Rum Runner Charters has been offering charters for whale watching and fishing in Southeast Alaska for 30 years.


Welcome to the port of Rum Runner Charters

Juneau Whale Watching, Sport Fishing & Photo Tours

We specialize in premier private and small group charters. We offer superior half day and full day Alaska fishing trips for Salmon, Halibut, or Rockfish. Our Whale Watching and Photo Safari Charters are second to none. We offer a two and a half hour Whale Watching tour, our Captain's Choice Whales Wildlife excursion and our deluxe all day Alaska Fishing and Wildlife Safari. On all our Whale Watching and Wildlife trips we offer our exclusive 100% money back guarantee. Cruise ship passengers are welcome. Come and join us, the water is great and the scenery is magnificent!

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We have earned a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence every year since 2012 when it started!



Welcome to our 30th year! Well, we made it through 2020 and 2021 and are looking forward to a busy season for 2022 as the cruise ships return. Here in Juneau, we already have a good portion of our population vaccinated and with the precautions cruise ships are taking; Juneau and Alaska are very safe places to visit. If you are uncertain of cruising this season bear in mind that Juneau is just over a 2-hour flight from Seattle. We have many great places to stay (major hotels, extended hotels, cozy BnBs and a multitude of AirBnBs). There is lots to do in Juneau and in the surrounding areas. Give us a call and we can help you get started on your Alaskan Vacation.

Luna, Boone, and Brandi on deck

Luna, Boone, and Brandi

On these pages you will find answers to many of your questions and a wealth of other information, so take a moment and browse. Current prices are listed after each trip description. When you are ready to book, head over to our reservation page. Please note that all our trips include your transportation if needed. Cruise ship passengers: we can pick you up at your ship. If you would like to visit the Mendenhall Glacier, Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, or Alaskan Brewing Company, after your trip, we can help you to arrange that. Please check our FAQ page for more information on these side trips. Please reserve early.

Covid may still be lingering on so we have a series of precautions that Rum Runner has instituted to keep our guests safe, for more information check our FAQ page.

Rockfish May!

Female fishing with a Rock Fish on deck, Juneau Alaska fishing charterGreat Rock Fish catch on Alaska fishing adventure

While salmon fishing might be a bit slow in May and early June as they start to show up, the Rockfish are fat and still hungry after a long winter. The Alaska Rockfish is on the upswing and we are seeing some great catches early in the season. I highly recommend fishing for these guys. Alaska Rockfish is a tasty, mild white meat fish. Fantastic as fillets or in fish tacos. Try this Rockfish Taco recipe.


Which ever trip you choose, it will be the highlight of your vacation!
Book your Juneau Whale Watching Tour with Rum Runner Charters
Whale Watching

Juneau Whale Watching

Because of the abundance of wildlife in our area, we offer our exclusive 100% money back guarantee if we don't find you a whale on your tour! Also watch for Bald Eagles, Stellar Sea Lions, Killer Whales, sea otters, seals, and more.

See wildlife like this soaring bald eagle while fishing on a photo safari in Juneau Alaska
Fishing & Photo Safari

Deluxe Salmon Fishing and Photo Safari

This deluxe all day trip allows you to go much further in the waters of Southeast Alaska to seek out some of the more elusive marine mammals. Fish in some of the most breath-taking scenic areas that visitors rarely see.


5-star vessels for wildlife viewing and fishing.

The charter vessels Rum Runner and Buccaneer are both 31-foot cabin cruisers designed to comfortably take up to six passengers*, captain and a crew member. Each has large windows and a fly bridge for maximum viewing of our wildlife. Both come equipped with electric downriggers for Salmon fishing. They are gas powered (no diesel fumes) with twin 350s, have heated cabins, self-contained flush toilets, and state of the art electronics, including HD color depth sounder/fishfinders, GPS mapping systems and Hydrophones (for listening to the whales). Each vessel has been inspected by the USCG and both have earned the top award as a 5-Star vessel for safety.

*We can handle groups of up to 12 with both vessels or even larger groups with other excellent associated charter boats.

The Rum Runner 31-ft cabin cruiser for Juneau Whale Watching and Sport Fishing Tours

The Rum Runner

31ft Cabin Cruiser
The Buccaneer 31-ft cabin cruiser for Juneau Whale Watching and Sport Fishing Tours

The Buccaneer

31ft Cabin Cruiser
Brandi Dog says What are you waiting for? Book a tour!

Brandi Dog



Your Guides

The Charter Vessel Rum Runner is piloted by her Captain and your guide Chris Conder. Chris has been in or on the water for most of his life. He came to Alaska straight out of high school back in '75 and earned his way through the University working the commercial fishing and diving boats in the gulf of Alaska. Captain Chris has worked, dove, and done research from the Arctic Ice Pack to the fjords of Southeast Alaska. With Chris's education in Marine Biology, he has a unique insight to the fish and wildlife that abounds around the Juneau area. He settled in Juneau in '85 and started operating the Rum Runner in '93. Since then the Rum Runner Charters has grown into one of the busiest and most requested charter boats in Southeast Alaska.

The Buccaneer is captained by Capt. Troy Hoff. Capt. Troy is a veteran who has sailed and piloted both up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. He is intimately familiar with Southeast Alaska and the Inside Passage. He has years of charter fishing experience and this will be his 7th year with us. He gets some stunning reviews on TripAdvisor.

Captains Luke and Adrianne have been part of the Rum Runner family for the last few years. Both are avid outdoorsmen and have consistently caught some of the biggest fish landed in our area on their excursions. In the off season, both can be found in roughest wilderness seeking big game. When not out on the water or in the wilds, Captain Luke continues after his medical degree and Captain Adrianne (who already has a degree in Chemical Engineering) is working her advanced EMT certifications.

Guide and Captain Chris Conder

Chris Conder

Guide and Captain Derek Oliver

Troy Hoff

Admiral Moon, feb 18 2004 - Feb 28 2014

Admiral Moon

Guide and Captain Luke Giesey

Luke Giesey

Guide and Captain Derek Oliver

Adrianne Swan