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The Cove-side offers tons of rock which are encrusted with pink corals. As you swim over the boulders, look for tiny eels, crabs and sea urchins. At the 40-foot level a smooth sand bottom appears and is polka dotted with sea anemones and sea pens. Beginners may want to do a couple of dives on the cove side if the conditions are less than perfect. Advanced divers should be able to handle just about anything the Shrine has to offer.
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The best road-accessible wall is located at this dive site. Be sure to bring your camera, no matter which site you select. The area boasts a large diverse collection of underwater wildlife. There is fun diving in the cove and around the pilings. Be sure to stay off the bottom as it is silty and easily disturbed. Look closely for small, purple nudibranches.
Swim towards the point, past the pilings. The wall is on your left side as you go out. Since the bottom of the wall is around 230', it is recommended for divers with good buoyancy and advanced skills. Be sure to dive with your brightest light. Look in the cracks in the wall for the Squat Lobsters. Checkout the nooks and small caves for Rockfish and small lace corals.
Swim out until you are in about 40' of water and then head north. You will come to a series of ledges that stair-step down to the bottom at 80'. Nudibranches, crabs and a large assortment of shrimp and fish live in this area. A bright light is recommended for peeking under the overhangs.
Swim straight out from the entry and you will find an underwater hump at a depth of about 40'. The Hump is small enough to circumnavigate. You'll see lots of shrimp, fishes and invertebrates.
Winter diving in Alaska has the best clarity of water as the cold temperature reduces the plankton bloom and algae in the water so visibility is very good. That does not mean that summer diving in Alaska is not wonderful, because it is, you just can’t see that far on some days. There is nothing like seeing a Steller sea lion ballet in the Alaskan waters, chasing a Dungeness crab or eating a fresh scallop right out of the water!
Summer is the best time for whale watching, hiking, fishing and just viewing the character of Alaska and it’s inhabitants such as bears, spawning salmon, Hoary marmots, bald eagles, wolfs, mountain goats, the elusive glacier bear, calving glaciers and so much more.
The only way into the Capital City is by boat or plane. Alaska Airlines is the only airline that flies into Juneau International Airport. You will want to book way in advance if you plan on visiting in the summer as our population triples with visiting cruise ships and independent travelers.
By boat you can choose the Alaska Marine Ferry that travels from Bellingham, Washington and take a 3 day trip, stopping at Ketchikan and a few other towns along the way. It provides a limited amount of staterooms, but if you do it the Alaskan way, you find a nice spot on the sun deck, bring your sleeping bag, pack and call it yours for the trip to get the best views of the inside passage.
If you like to travel in style, you can take one of the many cruise ship trips and travel first class!
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