Ketchikan Snorkeling Excursion Reviews

Immerse yourself in Ketchikan’s breathtaking underwater world as you snorkel the calm, emerald waters off its coastline.
fun, felt safe and informed.
fun, felt safe and informed.
fun, felt safe and informed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Really cool to see, wasn't cold at all in the thick wetsuits and water temp ~57F.
Really cool to see, wasn't cold at all in the thick wetsuits and water temp ~57F. Starfish, urchins, jellies, kelp. You will get kicked by other people, and they will not care or say sorry. Totally worth it in our opinion. WEAR SOCKS, ... Read More
Really cool to see, wasn't cold at all in the thick wetsuits and water temp ~57F. Starfish, urchins, jellies, kelp. You will get kicked by other people, and they will not care or say sorry. Totally worth it in our opinion. WEAR SOCKS, and maybe spanx. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Algae bloom reduced visibility, but I mostly did id for bragging rights (snorkeling in Alaska).
Algae bloom reduced visibility, but I mostly did id for bragging rights (snorkeling in Alaska). The different sea life from my each at home was interesting.
Algae bloom reduced visibility, but I mostly did id for bragging rights (snorkeling in Alaska). The different sea life from my each at home was interesting. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Snorkeling was fun!
Snorkeling was fun! You see a lot of starfish, sea-cucumbers and sea urchins. The water is a bit murky. You are fully suited up in a wetsuit and i was never cold! This is strenuous activity at times and towards the end with the waves ... Read More
Snorkeling was fun! You see a lot of starfish, sea-cucumbers and sea urchins. The water is a bit murky. You are fully suited up in a wetsuit and i was never cold! This is strenuous activity at times and towards the end with the waves as we exited the cove it got a bit difficult. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Snorkeling in Alaska was such a unique and special opportunity.
Snorkeling in Alaska was such a unique and special opportunity. Fred and his staff are so enthusiastic and truly love what they do. They are very organized and safety conscience. And you wont be cold. You will see tons of star fish, sea ... Read More
Snorkeling in Alaska was such a unique and special opportunity. Fred and his staff are so enthusiastic and truly love what they do. They are very organized and safety conscience. And you wont be cold. You will see tons of star fish, sea cucumbers, urchibs, variety of fish and other sea life all in a small protected bay close to shore. Just after we got out, we saw a humback whale. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Snorkeling...
Snorkeling... in Alaska?! Yes, you bet! This was another much anticipated excursion for us, and one that is definitely "outside the box". If you have snorkeled before in warm waters as we had, it is a totally different ... Read More
Snorkeling... in Alaska?! Yes, you bet! This was another much anticipated excursion for us, and one that is definitely "outside the box". If you have snorkeled before in warm waters as we had, it is a totally different experience. Surprisingly, the water in the area stays around a constant 65 degrees, and the tour includes provision and use of all gear necessary, including a 7mm wetsuit. They fitted each of us and then walked us through the process and tips for putting the wetsuit on. if you have never worn a wetsuit, it is quite a challenge. A water proof gear bag was also provided for our belongings, and the bags stayed with our group during the tour. A short ride to the snorkle site, and we made our way down a fairly steep rocky path to the water. The water was not crystal clear, but it was not totally cloudy either, with some areas providing better visibility than others. The wetsuits kept us quite comfortable. Oceanlife seen consisted mainly of sea cucumbers, starfish, anenomies, some small rock fish, and LOTS of jellyfish (not to worry unless they are red in color). A portion of our group was actually able to catch sight of a humpback making it's dive. Our time in the water lasted approximately an hour, then it was back to the shop to take a warm shower, change back into street clothes, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate before the return to the ship. One important item to note is that this tour does have an upper age limit of 70. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Snorkel Alaska gave us an amazing adventure!
Snorkel Alaska gave us an amazing adventure! Fred, the owner, was wonderful!
Snorkel Alaska gave us an amazing adventure! Fred, the owner, was wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was one of the most unique experiences we've had.
This was one of the most unique experiences we've had. We had very, very rough water in our group (about 20 of us); you definitely need to be willing to try new things and physically in decent shape. You have wet suits, snorkels, ... Read More
This was one of the most unique experiences we've had. We had very, very rough water in our group (about 20 of us); you definitely need to be willing to try new things and physically in decent shape. You have wet suits, snorkels, flippers, and gloves all provided by the tour operator, so trust me, you won't be cold at all! Even so, there's nothing like the experience of snorkeling through a kelp bed, or watching crabs run over the rocks underwater! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Met a great group of people (only small group because who gets in the water in Alaska?!?) Tour ...
Met a great group of people (only small group because who gets in the water in Alaska?!?) Tour guides were very nice and helpful. Had all the equipment ready to go! Short and sweet trip so there was time to walk around the town after.
Met a great group of people (only small group because who gets in the water in Alaska?!?) Tour guides were very nice and helpful. Had all the equipment ready to go! Short and sweet trip so there was time to walk around the town after. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Outstanding - something to brag about when you get home.
Outstanding - something to brag about when you get home.
Outstanding - something to brag about when you get home. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great experience with Snorkel Alaska!
Great experience with Snorkel Alaska! They have you wear 7 mm for comfort. I got cold but had a good time. You see different sea life than snorkeling in warm water.
Great experience with Snorkel Alaska! They have you wear 7 mm for comfort. I got cold but had a good time. You see different sea life than snorkeling in warm water. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Snorkel Alaska - Great staff who really cared about their customers.
Snorkel Alaska - Great staff who really cared about their customers. Neat location to snorkel in.
Snorkel Alaska - Great staff who really cared about their customers. Neat location to snorkel in. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The only excursion we did with the ship was in Ketchikan -- Snorkeling with Snorkel Alaska!
The only excursion we did with the ship was in Ketchikan -- Snorkeling with Snorkel Alaska! Do yourself a favor and experience this excursion! You are picked up in a schoolbus and an instructor fills you in on what to expect, how to put ... Read More
The only excursion we did with the ship was in Ketchikan -- Snorkeling with Snorkel Alaska! Do yourself a favor and experience this excursion! You are picked up in a schoolbus and an instructor fills you in on what to expect, how to put on your 1/4 thick wetsuit (zipper in the BACK!) and tells you a bit about what you will experience. Once you arrive at the shop, you get your gear and change and place your belongings in a waterproof bag which is stowed in the truck while you are in the water. Getting into the water was fun -- the wetsuit makes you so buoyant that it is difficult to sit. There were 5 instructors with our group of about 15 people. The wetsuit is designed to let a small amount of water in between the layers. The water quickly warms up to your body temperature and keeps you warm. The water was about 60 degrees but I was not cold at all. Once the instructors helped us put on our flippers and gloves, we are off. The first thing we notice is we are SURROUNDED by tiny, beautiful white jellyfish (non-stinging) and some occasional orange ones (stinging but not dangerous). You are swimming among the jellies when you focus on the bottom and notice starfish, bigger fish, and sea creatures everywhere. The instructors pulled some of these starfish, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, and other interesting creatures up and told us a bit about them before handing them off to each of us to hold and check out personally. We were in the water about an hour, and we were tired at the end of the hour. It was an amazing excursion. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Do this just to say you snorkeled in Alaska.
Do this just to say you snorkeled in Alaska. The water is cold, and my feet were numb at the end. I saw such beautiful creatures, and the guides were so friendly and helpful and gave you hot chocolate at the end!
Do this just to say you snorkeled in Alaska. The water is cold, and my feet were numb at the end. I saw such beautiful creatures, and the guides were so friendly and helpful and gave you hot chocolate at the end! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
On the bus, we learned about how to put the thick wetsuit on.
On the bus, we learned about how to put the thick wetsuit on. At their shop, we were outfitted with all the gear to stay warm: 7 mm wet suit, hood, gloves, boots, and snorkel gear. Then we went to the snorkeling site. Snorkeling was ... Read More
On the bus, we learned about how to put the thick wetsuit on. At their shop, we were outfitted with all the gear to stay warm: 7 mm wet suit, hood, gloves, boots, and snorkel gear. Then we went to the snorkeling site. Snorkeling was awesome! There are tons of tiny jellyfish that you swim right into the full time. The crew gave a tour. We stopped at different spots, and they had gone to get different sea creatures. Then they talked about the creature and let people hold them. They take them back to their spot; each creature likes a particular depth. We saw a lot of starfish, jellyfish, and little crabs. After the tour ends, they bring a cooler of warm/hot water to pour down the suits that feels good and weird. Also in the suits, I would make a fist, and a line of cold water would shoot up my arm, which was a weird feeling too. They have hot showers and hot chocolate back at their gear shop. As other reviews say, the hardest part is getting the gear on and off, but the crew was very helpful. This was a great excursion! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Crazy, snorkeling in Alaska but great fun.
Crazy, snorkeling in Alaska but great fun. Tour operators were so professional, but fun to be with. Learned a lot, and would do it again.
Crazy, snorkeling in Alaska but great fun. Tour operators were so professional, but fun to be with. Learned a lot, and would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
It was a lot of fun.
It was a lot of fun. The suits are not as tight as people make them out to be. The guides were great about staying with you in the water. The water was clear. We saw fish, rocks, and many jellyfish. The water was pretty calm. We held ... Read More
It was a lot of fun. The suits are not as tight as people make them out to be. The guides were great about staying with you in the water. The water was clear. We saw fish, rocks, and many jellyfish. The water was pretty calm. We held sea urchins and sea cucumbers. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The tour guides were great, but man what a work out.
The tour guides were great, but man what a work out. I though this would be a nice, easy float. But you needed to work! The suits are not flattering on anyone (just get that out of your head). The day we went out, the water was rough and ... Read More
The tour guides were great, but man what a work out. I though this would be a nice, easy float. But you needed to work! The suits are not flattering on anyone (just get that out of your head). The day we went out, the water was rough and cloudy. However, I still had a great time. It was really an experience. I highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This seemed like such a bizarre event to book in Alaska that turned out to be among the most fun.
This seemed like such a bizarre event to book in Alaska that turned out to be among the most fun. They said it's one of the more physically exerting activities available, although just being bundled up in the wet suit was probably ... Read More
This seemed like such a bizarre event to book in Alaska that turned out to be among the most fun. They said it's one of the more physically exerting activities available, although just being bundled up in the wet suit was probably the most challenging part of it. You get a large team of certified divers to guide you on the excursion; they were very patient with a bunch of people who'd mostly never snorkeled (or even worn a wet suit) before and made it a good tour. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Disney Cruise Line
I did the wetsuit snorkeling and I am so glad I did!!
I did the wetsuit snorkeling and I am so glad I did!! I had read several reviews to help me decide between the dry suit and wet suit snorkeling and am very glad I decided on the wet suit! It was a lot of work getting that wet suit on and ... Read More
I did the wetsuit snorkeling and I am so glad I did!! I had read several reviews to help me decide between the dry suit and wet suit snorkeling and am very glad I decided on the wet suit! It was a lot of work getting that wet suit on and tough walking to the water in it, but once in the water it was wonderful! I was very comfortable and was not cold!! The instructors and guides were VERY knowledgeable and told how the wet suits work to keep us warm. They were there every step the way in case we needed help in anyway. I needed help with my flippers and I got immediate help!! They kept us together and I felt completely safe and comfortable the entire time. I am 53 and have snorkeled once before - 20 years ago in Hawaii - If I can do this - anyone can!! Also, after talking to some passengers who did the dry suit snorkeling...I feel I got the better experience! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
HIGHLY recommend this excursion, literally the best I have ever done.
HIGHLY recommend this excursion, literally the best I have ever done. It wasn't cold at all. In fact, it was a bit warmish with the gear they give you.
HIGHLY recommend this excursion, literally the best I have ever done. It wasn't cold at all. In fact, it was a bit warmish with the gear they give you. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Snorkeling in Alaska - who would have thought it!
Snorkeling in Alaska - who would have thought it! We have snorkeled a few times in the Caribbean and this is a very different experience. As others have said, the thick wet suits are very hard to get on, but kept us very warm. It was sunny ... Read More
Snorkeling in Alaska - who would have thought it! We have snorkeled a few times in the Caribbean and this is a very different experience. As others have said, the thick wet suits are very hard to get on, but kept us very warm. It was sunny when we were in the water but rained right before and right after. The water was clearer than I thought and we saw tons of sea life. I was surprised how much you could see right off the coast. They had prescription masks for people like me who are nearsighted that worked really well. The guides were first rate, friendly and very attentive. There were three in the water with us - Marcus, Marie and Cassie. No complaints and nothing but praise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
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As an avid "water person" and I have snorkeled in many places I thought this would be unique.
As an avid "water person" and I have snorkeled in many places I thought this would be unique. I was not disappointed. We were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day - the water temp was in the 60's. We were suited up in very ... Read More
As an avid "water person" and I have snorkeled in many places I thought this would be unique. I was not disappointed. We were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day - the water temp was in the 60's. We were suited up in very heavy wet suits and off we went to the water's edge. I had no idea what to expect to see - very few fish - the starfish were magnificent. The staff engaged you the whole time and were very helpful throughout the trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Snorkeling in Alaska?
Snorkeling in Alaska? You've got to be kidding, right, but this was pretty cool. There are no glaciers in the area and there is a warm current so it's warmer than you'd think. They provide you with a thick wetsuit complete ... Read More
Snorkeling in Alaska? You've got to be kidding, right, but this was pretty cool. There are no glaciers in the area and there is a warm current so it's warmer than you'd think. They provide you with a thick wetsuit complete with hood, booties and gloves. If they fit right you get a thin layer of water between you and the suit which keeps you warm. Too loose you're cold, too tight and you can't move or breath well. Make sure your suit fits and you'll love this. This isn't like snorkeling in a tropical setting. You can't see forever and the colors aren't vivid but you swim through kelp forests and see starfish, jellyfish, crabs and sea anemones. And people won't believe you actually snorkeled in Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The day in Ketchikan was warm 75 degrees.
The day in Ketchikan was warm 75 degrees. We took a bus ride to the shop to get outfitted in our 7mm wetsuit with boots, gloves and a hood. We could not wait to get in the 50 degree water to cool off. We saw lots of different sea life, ... Read More
The day in Ketchikan was warm 75 degrees. We took a bus ride to the shop to get outfitted in our 7mm wetsuit with boots, gloves and a hood. We could not wait to get in the 50 degree water to cool off. We saw lots of different sea life, stars, cucumbers, kelp and lots of interesting jellies. When we stopped to rest you look up in the sky to see Bald Eagles. It was a great trip and a fun day. The staff at the Snorkel Shop was very helpful. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line