SNORKELING IN ALASKA
SNORKELING IN ALASKA
Join us, and discover why snorkeling in Alaska is unlike anywhere else in the world. Thanks to long
summer days and a lack of glaciers in this area water temperatures reach a surprising 65 degrees in mid-summer.
MOUNTAIN POINT FROM THE AIR
MOUNTAIN POINT FROM THE AIR
Mountain Point is Ketchikan’s premier snorkeling destination. The site has shallow tide
pools teaming with marine life and steep underwater rock walls for freediving all just 5 miles from town.
WELCOME TO KETCHIKAN, ALASKA
WELCOME TO KETCHIKAN, ALASKA
The Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure is available May through September.
MEET YOUR DOCK REPRESENTATIVE
MEET YOUR DOCK REPRESENTATIVE
All tours depart right from your cruise ship and roundtrip transportation is included.
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
We provide complete and thorough instructions on the way to the shop and while in the water.
SNORKEL ALASKA SHOP
SNORKEL ALASKA SHOP
You'll stay toasty warm in one of our state of the art 7mm wetsuits complete with hood, boots and gloves.
SHOP BRIEFING
SHOP BRIEFING
You are outfitted with your wetsuit in the comfort of our heated changing rooms.
We also provide dry bags and secure storage for all your belongings while snorkeling.
SCUBAPRO TWN JET FINS
SCUBAPRO TWN JET FINS
All of our equipment is top of the line. We use SCUBAPRO, Harvey's and TUSA.
MASKS AND SNORKELS
MASKS AND SNORKELS
We also have prescriptions masks available in 8 different strengths.
ARRIVING AT MOUNTAIN POINT
ARRIVING AT MOUNTAIN POINT
Roundtrip transportation from your ship is also included.
BEACH BRIEFING
BEACH BRIEFING
All tours are team led by our award winning PADI certified Rescue Divers, Divemasters and SCUBA Instructors.
IN WATER SUPERVISION
IN WATER SUPERVISION
Our professional staff will be there for you every step of the way.
ENTRY AREA
ENTRY AREA
We snorkel off a rocky beach so the tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
ALL GEARED UP
ALL GEARED UP
Wetsuits keep you warm by filling up with a thin layer of water
which heats up to body temperature in just a few minutes time.
IN WATER BRIEFING
IN WATER BRIEFING
You will receive complete instruction, in water supervision and a
one hour guided marine life tour conducted by our experienced guides.
SUNFLOWER AND BLOOD STARS
SUNFLOWER AND BLOOD STARS
Observe a variety of multicolored invertebrates including sea urchins,
sea cucumbers and sea stars.
TRUE STAR
TRUE STAR
True stars come in a variety of colors and are easily viewed in shallow waters.
QUILLBACK ROCKFISH
QUILLBACK ROCKFISH
Discover the myriad of fish that inhabit these waters.
LING COD
LING COD
One of the larger fish that can be spotted while snorkeling.
FIND THE FISH
FIND THE FISH
This is a Red Irish Lord. The fish in Alaska utilize camouflage to
surprise prey and also to avoid being preyed upon.
ORANGE SEA PEN
ORANGE SEA PEN
Nudibranchs, plume worms, mollusks and crustaceans are also plentiful.
SNORKEL IN THE KELP FOREST
SNORKEL IN THE KELP FOREST
One of our guests remarked that "snorkeling in Alaska was like being in an enchanted forest".
WATER JELLY
WATER JELLY
We have lots of unique Jelly Fish many of which, don't sting.
RED ROCK CRAB
RED ROCK CRAB
Also know as a Cancer Crab.
FREEDIVING
FREEDIVING
Feeling brave? Hold your breath and swim down the wall.
HOT SHOWERS
HOT SHOWERS
All tours finish up at the shop with hot showers and hot chocolate.
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Questions?

 

Snorkeling in Alaska?

Sounds crazy doesn’t it? The snorkeling in Alaska is amazing. Alaska’s intertidal zone provides a rich assortment of plants and animals to view. We provide full 7mm wetsuits with a hood, boots and gloves to keep you warm while in the water. Wetsuits keep you warm by filling with a thin layer of water which heats up to body temperature in just a few minutes time. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience! It may be the highlight of your cruise.

How Cold is the Water?

The average summer water temperature is 55 degrees fahrenheit on the surface. Surface temperatures fluctuate between a low of 45 degrees in the spring and a high of 65 degrees in mid-summer.

What is there to see?

From the smallest barnacle to the giant Sunflower Star, you’ll see a wide variety of colorful creatures. Our website offers just a small glimpse of Alaska’s intertidal marine life. All of the photo’s were taken while snorkeling at Mountain Point.

What’s Included?

Everything you need to snorkel safely and comfortably in Alaska is included. We provide roundtrip transportation from your ship. All guests are outfitted with full 7mm Harvey’s or SCUBAPRO wetsuits, hoods, boots and gloves. We provide top of the line Tusa & SCUBAPRO masks and Twin Jet fins. Prescription masks and optional weightbelts for freediving are also available. You will receive complete instruction, in water supervision and a one hour guided marine life tour conducted by our experienced guides. Beginners are always welcome! Hot beverages and water are also included.

Do you offer SCUBA diving?

Diving here is extremely strenuous due to the additional equipment required for cold water, access to deep water and potential for strong currents. To dive safely in Alaska you should have Advanced Diver certification, 100 logged dives and extensive cold water diving experience. Snorkel Alaska does not offer SCUBA diving for these reasons.

Will I have a good time?

Yes! Yes! Yes! And we’re not the only ones saying it.

  • 7 time winner of the Princess Cruises Shore Excursion of the Year Award
  • 8 Snorkel Alaska tour guides have received the Princess Cruises Tour Guide of the Year Award
  • Winner of the 2009 Excellence in Tourism Award from the Ketchikan Visitor Bureau
  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner in 2013 & 2014

How long is the tour?

The Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure is 3 hours from start to finish.  We guarantee you at least one hour in the water and up to an hour and 20 minutes depending on how quickly everyone gets into their wetsuits.  Our shop is conveniently located 4 miles from the cruise ship docks which is about a 10 minute bus ride.  Mountain Point is another mile down the road.  The rest of the time is spent changing, conducting safety briefings and enjoying hot showers and cocoa after the tour.  We also have a great selection of souvenir hats, T-shirts and hoody's to choose from.

What should you bring?

You should bring a towel from the ship, a swimsuit or shorts to wear under the wetsuit and an extra pair of socks.  The socks help the wetsuit slip on and off easier and also keep your feet a bit warmer.  Don't forget to bring some cash or a credit card if you'd like to purchase an underwater camera or souvenir t-shirt, hat or hoody.  We do provided secure storage for all of your belongings.

Who can go?

Participants must weigh between 80 and 260 pounds to insure proper wetsuit fit.  Participants should also be reasonably physically fit as the tour is rated most strenuous.  We snorkel off a rocky beach so the tour is not suitable for the elderly or guests with limited mobility.  Our suggested age limit is 70 depending on your level of physical fitness.  Due to the strenuous nature of snorkeling in Alaska and in accordance with the guidelines established by The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Discover Snorkeling Program, we must deny participation for a variety of medical conditions.  If you suffer from ANY form of heart condition past or present minor or major we are unable to take you snorkeling.  Heart conditions include but are not limited to: murmurs, flutters, mitral-valve prolapse, angina, stints, pacemakers, defibrillators, bradycardia, tachycardia, congestive heart failure, valve replacement, bypass surgery etc.  We also must deny participation for major respiratory disorders like bronchitis, emphysema, exercise induced asthma etc.  Lastly, if you have any history of past or present of seizures or fainting we are unable to take you snorkeling.  Please accept our sincerest apologies if you have any of the above medical conditions.  Your safety is always our number one priority.

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