My wife and I signed up for this excursion through Norwegian Cruise Line on our recent trip to Alaska. We have been snorkeling in the Caribbean and Hawaii over the years, and when we saw this excursion listed for our port stop in Ketchikan, figured, "Why not?".
Erin, Kristi, Kurt, and one other gentleman (who's name escapes me) were our guides for our outing which had 17 people on it. A good guide/tourist ratio, better than I have had on other dives.
We were taken by bus from the dock to their business which was about a 10 minute ride. There, we were all fitted for wet suits which covered you from head to toe, literally. One nice feature that they had, which I have not seen at other snorkel outings before, is that they have prescription goggles available for you at no additional cost. If you have a standard near-sighted prescription, this may be something that you want to take advantage of.
Once we were all geared up, we got back on the bus for a 2 minute ride down to the water where we walked down to our entry point. Please note that in order to get to the water, you have to walk down a slight hill with some rocks on it. Not difficult to do, but you have to be careful with the footing. It can be a little tricky making the trek back up the hill after being in the water for a while, but it is not dangerous. However, you should be aware of this. The guides were all there with us to make sure we all were safe going up and down the hill.
Once we got in to the water and got our fins and goggles on, off we went. The guides took us around the Ketchikan shoreline and found various starfish, urchins, plant life, etc... for us to investigate and look at. The water and visibility is not crystal clear like in the Caribbean, but you can see fish (several rock fish and other smaller ones), but I felt that seeing the various types of starfish and plants, etc... more than made up for the lack of fish.
Each of the guides would bring up various things for us to look at and pass around, and spoke to us about the various items they would show us. We were in the water for a good 45 minutes and with the wetsuit, I never felt cold or chilled. Got some good photos too which I have uploaded.
Once we were done, they brought us back to office where we could take a warm shower and have hot chocolate or tea if desired. The entire staff was extremely friendly and polite and a joy to talk with. If you have the chance to do this, by all means, DO IT!!!!
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