Sitka, Alaska, US
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Approximately 2½ Hours
Meals not included
Explore the underwater world of Southeast Alaska and learn about the marine biology of the ocean floor that teems with life in the waters of Sitka Sound. The advantages of using a dry suit are warmth, buoyancy, safety, comfort, and ease of changing -- you simply wear your own street clothes under the dry suit.
You will be picked up dockside for a transfer to the changing area. There is a secure place to leave your belongings. In your dry suit, you will head to Magic Island, located within the Halibut Point Recreation State Park.
Listen to a safety orientation, and your guide will answer any questions; Your guides provide information regarding the water temperatures, visibility, tidal fluctuations and local marine life. There is a 1:6 guide-to-guest ratio, and a certified dive master accompanies the group. All guides are trained in CPR, dive and snorkel procedures, and the marine environment.
Then comes the once-in-a-lifetime and highly unusual experience of snorkeling in the waters of Alaska. You will spend approximately 30 - 60 minutes in the water watching for sea life such as sea stars, sun stars (up to 60 lbs), crabs, a variety of fish, sea anemones (one of the oldest animals on earth), a variety of filter feeders, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and the colorful bio-mass of the sea floor. You can also explore the giant kelp forest near the snorkel area.
Minimum age is 12 years. Minimum weight is 85 lbs; maximum weight is 240 lbs. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. Not suitable for guests with a latex allergy.