Snorkel Alaska
Snorkel Alaska
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Snorkel Alaska operates the Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure in Ketchikan, Alaska. The tour is an all inclusive Shore Excursion available to anyone visiting Ketchikan, Alaska. We provide everything you need to snorkel safely and comfortably in our waters. Included in the tour is state of the art equipment, roundtrip transportation and PADI Professional Divemasters and SCUBA Instructors in the water with you to provide an entertaining and informative guided marine life tour. Opened in 2001 by a former Norwegian Cruise Line Dive In Instructor, rest assured you will be provided the highest level of customer service. Why sit on a bus when you can jump in the water in Alaska!
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Gina S
4 contributions
Jun 2021
Yes, there is a lot to see in the Alaskan ocean. Yes, the wet suits keep you comfortable enough. We've snorkeled before and this was like none other. So many sea stars, and crab, and schools of fish! And so much more. We even saw humpback whales feeding close by. Our guide was phenomenal, and the little extras (like a hot shower back at the shop to rinse off) that this company offers as part of the tour make it all the better.
Written June 22, 2021
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Thanks for coming snorkeling with us!
Written June 28, 2021
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Dave M
University Place, WA24 contributions
Aug 2019
August of 2019, we had our boy scout troop from Washington state join for a tour. (I think our 4th of 5th time) What an excellent time. Even our most shy scouts came back with big smiles and great stories.
Saw lots of sea life,fantastic people to work with.
The sea snorkel was our first of many adventures we had in Southeast Alaska, for many this was there #1 activity.
Hope to come back in a few years with a new group of scouts.
Written June 20, 2020
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NM2
Loveland, CO5 contributions
Jun 2021
Snorkeling was so much fun! Our guide Kurt was great and was easy to follow around. My kids loved seeing the sea creatures up close and holding them. They had some floats which was helpful for my younger son. Kurt and the other guides also gave us good tips as far as getting the wet suit on.
Written June 20, 2021
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Hooray for Kurt! Thanks for coming out with us!
Written June 28, 2021
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ms_tinkerbell1
Glen Burnie, MD342 contributions
Sep 2011 • Solo
I went snorkeliing in Ketchikan in September. what a disappointment. Not only was it rainy(which really did not matter since I was going in the water anyway); but the path to get into the water was extremely rocky and slippery. There was actually nowhere to comfortably attempt to put on your fins. The divemaster seemed to have done this so many times, that it was quite boring. Maybe because I am a scuba diver, I found that a sea star, a sea cucumber, and a starfish were just not enough to keep my interest for over an hour. The visibility was about one foot and I kept getting tangled in the kelp forest below me. a All in all, it was something I could definitely lived without. At one point, the current changed and a few of the folks in the group had a hard time swimming back to the area where we were. Not a real good experience.
Written September 23, 2011
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As the owner of Snorkel Alaska I was dismayed to read ms_tinkerbell's review of my tour. She is correct that we had some challenging conditions in September due to excessive rain and run off. That's snorkeling in Alaska for you! Rather than disappoint everyone and cancel the tour we choose to run unless the conditions are unsafe. Just read our many favorable reviews and you'll see that snorkeling in Ketchikan is not a "waste of your time". In fact we are the most awarded tour in Ketchikan. We have been voted Shore Excursion of the Year 7 out of 11 seasons by Princess Cruises. One of my staff has also received Tour Guide of the Year 7 out of 11 seasons. Most recently Annie B. in 2011. Our staff love this job and snorkeling in Alaska is never boring! Snorkeling in Ketchikan is often times the highlight of one's entire cruise experience.
Written October 3, 2011
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terryw66
Port Charlotte, FL25 contributions
May 2018
They picked us up from the cruise ship, we had a short drive through town, and stopped at the dive shop. We got fitted for wetsuits and masks and had a short orientation. We loaded back up and had a short walk down a flight of stairs to the shore entry. The view was breath-taking, the rocky area very beautiful. The water temp was only 47F in May, but the heavy wetsuits kept us plenty warm for an hour in the water. We snorkeled in calm water. The guides showed us some of the local sealife including purple stars, pink urchins, sea cucumbers, crabs and many types of shell fish. Most of the time we were only in about 4ft of water, the deep part was not much more than 10ft. We also saw an eagle and sea lion on the site. When we finished there were hot showers, and hot chocolate which was nice, but again, surprisingly we weren't really cold. Really enjoyed this adventure, I would do it again.
Written November 19, 2018
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your experience!
Written May 31, 2019
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trouble1964
Mississippi127 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
I was so anxious for this excursion, that I think it was the only thing I told people that I was doing on the cruise! I was not disappointed!!

You are transported by bus to their headquarters, where the guide will explain to you the easiest way to get into the wetsuit. Once at the building, men and women are sent to separate changing rooms (I can't speak for the men, but the women's room is not divided into single rooms). Some curtains would have been nice, but that is an individual preference and may not be important to all. The wet suit is supposed to be snug, and even though I am a larger person, it was not a problem for the company to accommodate my size. Booties, hoods and gloves round out the suit equipment. Masks and snorkels are provided, but I did see some people who brought their own. Personal items and clothing are collected into waterproof bags and locked into the back of a box truck that is driven separately to the snorkeling location.

A short bus ride to the snorkeling site includes further safety information and discussion of weight belts, if you want to get beneath the water completely. Because the suit is so thick, you can't go under. Trust me, I tried! A little downhill walk on a trail led us to the water's edge where the staff explains signals used, and just like that, it's time to get in! The water was cold and I'm not going to tell you that I didn't get cold, but I didn't get cold enough to make me want to get out! NO one in our group got out until we had to. It's not like you would believe when you think of snorkeling in Alaska. More of a cool feeling rather than "cold".

The tour representatives would dive down to bring up marine life for us to see, and touch if we wished. We saw all kinds of fish swimming around, jellyfish, different kinds of starfish---from tiny ones to gigantic ones--sea cucumbers, sea urchins, crabs, some little crabs in shells---probably everything that you would expect to see along the shoreline. I WISH that I had an underwater camera, or that the company would put together a DVD to sell of pictures of things that are usually found on this outing.

Afterwards, warm drinks and showers were available before returning to the port. Time went by way too fast because it was so much fun.
Written September 18, 2013
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RJ-EM
London, UK62 contributions
May 2011
Normally I only write reviews for the hotels we stay in, but this tour was so good that I felt it deserved a review as well.

I have done a lot of scuba diving and snorkeling over the years, but I have to say in terms of explanation, guidance and safety this has been the best tour I have been on by far.

The water is chilly - it is Alaska after all - but not as cold as you would think. The equipment provided is state of the art and will keep you warm. The tour itself is excellent and the guides will go out of their way to point out interesting sea-life and explain everything to you.

All in all an excellent tour and a fantastic experience. You don't need to be an experienced snorkeler to do this and I have to say it was a lot of fun. I can highly recommend this tour.
Written May 8, 2011
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Soonersports
Edmond, OK68 contributions
May 2019 • Family
If you have the chance to take this snorkeling tour...,TAKE IT!!! In my opinion, this was hands down the best snorkeling experience ever. I saw more colorful sea life here than I did in any tropical destination. Plus, we were paid a passing visit by a curious sea lion.

The crew was outstanding and there was not a lot of wasted time before getting in the water. Please don’t fret for a minute about the water temperature. You’ll feel a minor chill for just a few seconds until your wetsuit and your own body heat do their job. I was plenty warm throughout our time in the water and frankly forgot I was snorkeling in Alaska.

Just know that putting on a wetsuit is a pain. You can’t help but laugh at each other doing the wetsuit shuffle. They’ll be a little binding till you get in the water. Also, bring a change of socks and a towel. Socks make getting the booties on much easier.

After you’re done, there are hot showers, coffee, & cocoa waiting on you back at their headquarters. Go enjoy! Not many can say they went snorkeling in Alaska.
Written June 7, 2019
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Thank you Soonersports for taking the time to share your recent experience with us!
Written June 10, 2019
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Rebecca L
Chicago, IL2 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
What an amazing experience! The staff is absolutely amazing and really take the time to make sure that you have a great excursion. The wetsuits are difficult to get into but if you listen and follow the instructions of the staff and use the wetsuit lube it really isn't that bad. I went with novice snorkelers who this was their 1st time snorkeling and they were absolutely fine. The wetsuits are also very buoyant and just to put into perspective how buoyant they are I wanted to free dive (dive below the water surface) and they put 16 pound weights on it still was difficult to dive down. So if you're nervous about that aspect of the excursion breathe easily because there's really nothing to worry about. They also have floatation devices for the people that are still nervous. Now what I was most nervous for was the water temperature and that I was going to be cold the whole time, but that wasn't the case at all. They deck you out in a 7 mm wetsuit, booties, hood, and gloves. The only part of your body that is exposed is a little bit of your face. The staff brings up starfish and different animals for you to hold and feel. I would definitely recommend bringing a waterproof camera because this is an experience you're definitely going to want to share (and brag about) with your friends. Seriously if you're trying to decide between this excursion and another, pick this one, you will not be disappointed!
Written June 22, 2014
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thomas B
Anchorage, AK243 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
We stayed warm in our wetsuits as we explored the rocky coast south of Ketchikan with the excellent guides. We saw a lot of marine life. It was like being inside a big tide pool. We handles sea stars and sea cucumbers and sea urchins and other marine life. The water was super clear. This is a good trip if you are on a cruise. You should be able to swim well, but it was not particularly exhausting. A good workout, and the guides were superb.
Written December 15, 2013
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