• Activities:

    Swimming

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Summer

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Family Friendly
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Swimming Hole

Feeling a little crazy? Well how about spending some time snorkeling off the coast of Ketchikan, Alaska! Such a wonderful adventure that is both family friendly and INCREDIBLY exciting. See wildlife that only a lucky few get to witness under Alaska's chilly waves (I promise it's not too cold)!

If you find yourself in the quaint town of Ketchikan, Alaska you HAVE to check out this awesome outdoor adventure. Alaska is known for it's breathtaking scenery and wildlife, but what many people don't see is what lies beneath it's beautiful bodies of glacial water!

The best excursion agency to organize this through is Snorkel Alaska, and they do a FANTASTIC job. The entire trip lasts about 3 hours and is pretty exciting every step of the way.

Your day starts by suiting up for these cooler Alaskan waters: wet suit (yep, not even a dry suit), wet cap, booties, gloves, mask, snorkel, flippers, and even a weight belt if you want it.

Once you're ready to go, you load the bus for a quick 5 minute trip over to the shore. It's a little tight in your non-wet, wet suit but the ride is pretty and you can't help but think about the awesome-ness you're about to experience. Upon arrival at the shore you take a quick walk down to the beach and slowly wade into the channel. There are multiple guides on this trip that will lead you around a specific area that let you explore the beautiful sea floor. You will feel the freedom to explore what you want but also the safety of being close to the guides if you ever need anything.

You will spend about a total of 60 min. in the water, swimming in a circle to see some shallow areas and some much deeper areas. This Alaskan ocean bottom is full of amazing sea creatures: starfish (of so many colors), sea cucumbers, jelly fish (not the bad ones), large varieties of plants, and even more salt-water fish!

This outdoor excursion is by far one of the most thrilling and is accessible to anyone who can carry about 10-15 pounds on their own. High levels of swimming ability are not necessary because the wet suit acts as flotation device that is impossible to sink.If you want an amazing experience seeing a new side of Alaska's unending beauty- look no further!

Pack List

  • Bathing suit (preferably one-piece)
  • Waterproof camera
  • Towel
  • Warm clothes
  • Hair brush/Ponytail holder (for women)
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