Amazing at it must seem, the water temperature in Southeast Alaska gets to about 65 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. That’s not so cold and so discovering the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving in Alaska is possible and lots of fun.
One company, called Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure, is located near Ketchikan, Alaska. This snorkeling company even caters to people of the cruise ships and ferries. All you need to bring is a towel and a swimsuit (or shorts). The company provides everything else. You are equipped with a “toasty warm” ¼” wetsuit that is full body. It has a hood that covers most of your head and goggles that take up most of your face, so in other words, small portions of your forehead, cheeks and mouth are exposed while the rest stays dry and warm. The company also provides gloves and boots as well.
Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure provides transportation from the port to the scuba and snorkeling site and also complete instructions for beginners. You get an hour guided tour but remember when scheduling the trip that the total time is three hours, make sure your ship is staying in port that long! They ask participants to way in between 90 and 250 pounds so that the wetsuits will fit properly. While transporting you back to your port in Ketchikan, Alaska, the Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure crew will provide you with a hot beverage to warm you up even more.
While snorkeling you get to see and handle sea cucumbers, urchins, and best of all a lot of different sea stars. The sea stars can have anywhere from the standard five “arms” to about eighteen or twenty and they come in a variety of colors (orange, purple, red were the most common). Of course, there are lots of fish to see as well especially near the kelp forest.
If you would like to book an excursion with Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure just go to their website at http://www.snorkelalaska.com. I would definitely think about booking in advance because if you travel by ship, the whole ship will be getting off and exploring. It would be risky to see if there will be enough room left for you in the tour as all the excited tourists rush off at once to see Ketchikan, Alaska.
Alaska in general is beautiful in the summer, but especially Southeastern Alaska. Ketchikan is usually one of the first stops up into Alaska and is a fun and touristy town. Even if you don’t end up snorkeling or scuba diving, make sure to take advantage of your port time in Ketchikan and go explore the last frontier, Alaska!