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Dry Suit Snorkel

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 in changing. You simply wear your own street clothes under the dry suit. You will be picked up dockside and transfer to the changing area. There is a secure space to leave your belongings. In your dry suit, you will head to the snorkel site at Magic Island, located within the Halibut Point Recreation State Park. Listen to a safety orientation and your guide will answer any questions; then you will have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of snorkeling in the waters of Alaska. Watch for sea life such as sea stars, sun stars (up to 60 lbs), crab, 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. Snorkelers may also explore the giant kelp forest near the snorkel area. You will spend approximately 30-45 minutes to one hour in the water. Safety is the number one priority of your guides and each guest receives additional 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.Notes:Minimum age is 12 years. Minimum weight is 85 lbs; maximum weight is 240 lbs. Not suitable for wheelchairs. Not suitable for guests with latex allergies.
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6 out of 6(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Dry Suit Snorkel
Review 1 for Dry Suit Snorkel
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Dry suit snorkel

Date:September 20, 2013
Hambone377
Location:Sacramento
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:September
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Very nice excursion. As others have said, it takes some time to get into the drysuit, but its worth it. If your worried about getting cold, dont be. They will supply you with a wool body suit that goes under the dry suit. My wife and I were very comfortable during our time in the water. My wife commented on how warm and comfortable she was in the water, which surprised me, because she is ALWAYS cold. The gear is a bit bulky, but remember, this is a DRY suit, not your typical water sport wet suit. It helps if you have been snorkling before or have experience as a scuba diver, but it is not required. Your guides will help you along the way and make this an enjoyable experience. I would suggest wearing loose sweatpants and a T-shirt on this trip. If your not a very good swimmer, or dont know how to swim, relax, the dry suit keeps you on top of the water the whole time. I promise, you wont sink. The air inside the dry suit will keep you afloat with no problem.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+4points
4out of 4found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Dry Suit Snorkel
Overall Rating
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Meh, was okay

Date:September 18, 2013
Cleo8302
Location:Colorado
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:September
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
The snorkeling part of this excursion was amazing, but it was such a small part of the overall experience that I found the excursion as a whole mediocre at best. The guides were very nice but very young, instruction was spotty and though it is mentioned nowhere that prior snorkeling experience is needed... it is needed. There was zero instruction on how to snorkel. It takes an hour to put on all the very uncomfortable gear and then you get 30 minutes of snorkeling followed by 30 minutes to get out of all the gear. Also, description says a snack is provided but it isn't. Would I recommend this? Yes probably do it once because as I said, the actual snorkeling is beautiful. But if you're on the fence then I'd say go with a different excursion.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+4points
4out of 4found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Dry Suit Snorkel
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Loved it

Date:June 25, 2013
Skorpean
Location:Los Angeles, CA
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:June
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Just like a prior reviewer said, they pick you up at the dock, short drive to their place to put on the suits, which are snug and dry, then really short drive to the coast where we flipped on our backs so they could put on our fins, then flipped on our stomachs and snorkeled while viewing the sea creatures along the coast of the island just off-shore. Loved the experience, first time snorkeler, so peaceful and calm underwater without being completely submersed. The guys were helpful with the gear but let us roam the area alone to explore. Way too short and wish they had taken some pictures of us to purchase. Bring a waterproof or underwater camera if you can.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+3points
3out of 3found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Dry Suit Snorkel
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Dry Suit Snorkeling

Date:May 26, 2012
ZippyJim
Location:Simi Vallley, CA
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:May
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
We were meet at the ship by one of the snorkeling staff Sam.
He took us to the diving shop were we met another staff member, Eli. We were given instructions, dry suit equipment (Suit, Hood, gloves, etc.)
We were then driven to Halibut Point Recreation Park, where we were given masks, snorkel, fins and more instructions. We all got into the water where Sam put the fins on our feet, he turned us onto our bellies. Made sure we were good with the equipment and let us go snorkeling. Sam said the water temperature was around 44 - 46 degrees. (Not much colder than the waters off the Califronia Coast). My wife and I never felt cold in the dry suit. We got a little more than 45 minutes in the water. For me...the time went real fast, I was the last to get my fins on and the last to get out of the water. I would have like to spead more time in the water. In the time I was in the water, I did see a school of small fish darting back and forth near the island, saw a lot of Star Fish, Super Small Jelly Fish (About the size of a dime or nickle, they looked similar to the creatures from the movie Abyss, only smaller). We were at the beginning of the "Season" were the new sea life is just getting started. I would like to go back later in the season in hopes to see larger or more sea life..NO Orcas. Sam and Eli were very professional (both skilled certified divers), friendly and knowledgeable. I got to "SNORKEL IN ALASKA"!!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+13points
13out of 13found this review helpful.
Review 5 for Dry Suit Snorkel
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Worth doing once

Date:July 5, 2011
CaptainTull
Location:Missouri
Cruise Date Month:June
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
This unusual experience allows you put on a dry suit and snorkel in 50 degree water. The orientation, dressing in the dry suit and the drive take the majority of the time. Time in the water is about 30 minutes. You walk out from shore to see mostly vegetation and some starfish and an occasional fish. This is NOT a wildlife viewing snorkel experience. My wife and I used the full time allotted to us. Others did not enjoy the experience and spent less than five minutes in the water. You are provided neoprene gloves and headgear but your hands and head do get wet although comfortable. Some including my wife had small leaks in their dry suit which made their street clothes worn underneath wet. If you have seen the sights of Sitka and are looking for a more active alternative we would recommend this excursion. If potential cold and wet offend you then you should avoid this.
Cruise Date Year:2011
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+12points
12out of 12found this review helpful.
Review 6 for Dry Suit Snorkel
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Noooo - We Were NOT Cold!!!!

Date:July 3, 2011
LeslieNSteve
Location:Santa Clara, California
Cruise Date Month:June
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
This was a lot of fun. As we waited to exit the ship I overheard a lady mockingly say that she "admired" the people who signed up for this trip as it was in a "Drysuit" not a "warmsuit" and the people she was with lauged. I'm telling you, she missed out! If you like the water and looking at cool critters, the drysuit and PJs they give you to put on over your street clothes, keep you plenty warm. I am hypothryidic, so I am ALWAYS cold, and I was not cold. The guys were great, I had a blast, saw cool critters, and I stayed warm and dry. Strongly recommend this excursion. If I make it back to Sitka, I hope this excursion is still available.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+13points
19out of 25found this review helpful.