Smitty's Cove

Alaska, USA West
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Smitty's Cove

This is a very convenient site due to it's close proximity to Anchorage. One of the local dive shops www.divealaska.net uses it for winter training. Visibility is up to 70 feet in the winter, but is reduced in the summer due to plankton bloom and run-off. Unlike the boat diving in Resurrection Bay, Smitty's cove is 60 miles inland and is usually very protected even in the winter storms. Take Seward highway south from Anchorage. As you follow turnagain arm up the valley for about an hour, you'll approach the Whittier turn-off. Turn left to Whittier and follow the road for about 7 miles. The road ends at a toll tunnel which is a one-lane road through the base of the mountain for approximately 3 miles. Toll fee is $12 round-trip. After exiting the tunnel, you follow the road for another 1/2 mile to the first right turn. Whittier is a very small town and as you drive through it several old abandoned buildings will be on either side. at the first left you follow the road until it dead-ends at the cove. Please stop and pay $5 at the sign directing you to do so. https://divealaska.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/smittycove.pdf
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Dive Alaska
Dive Alaska
7100 Old Seward Hwy
Suite A
Anchorage, Alaska 99518
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Last Frontier Diving & Adventures LLC
Last Frontier Diving & Adventures LLC
700 W 41st Avenue #A
Anchorage, Alaska 99503
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Test The Waters Dive Center
Test The Waters Dive Center
1511 Richardson Highway
North Pole, Alaska 99705
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The Scuba Tank
The Scuba Tank
8319-C Airport Blvd
Juneau, Alaska 99801
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Wind & Water Charters
Wind & Water Charters
111 Washington Street
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
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Shantara Dive Services
Shantara Dive Services
10705 88 A Street
Grande Prairie, Alberta T8X 1L6
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Oceanfix.ca Ventures Ltd.
Oceanfix.ca Ventures Ltd.
1401 A Maple Street
Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 5M4
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DiveSafe International
DiveSafe International
170 Dogwood Street
Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 2X8
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Pacific Pro Dive, Ltd.
Pacific Pro Dive, Ltd.
101- 2270 Cliffe Avenue
Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 2L4
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UB Diving LTD
UB Diving LTD
2440 F Cliffe Avenue
Courtenay, British Columbia V9N 2L6
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Anonymous
Anonymous
Nov 28, 2011, 12:00 AM
scuba
Great winter site, only one hour from Anchorage. Nice warming hut available on weekends. Lots of interesting marine life...slow down and look through the kelp for all of the neat nudibranches! Keep on the lookout for octopus. Check the old pipes for Wolf Fish, also.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Matt
Matt
Nov 5, 2006, 12:00 AM
scuba
FYI - Scott (Submitter) owns Dive Alaska. It's an okay shop, not the only one in Anchorage (see also www.lastfrontierdiving.com, and Sunshine Sports). All three certify in winter and run classes through Smitty's. As for Smitty's itself - it's okay diving. About 30 - 100 ft. depth, viz ranges from Braille diving conditions to 70 ft. Best in October, although good throughout winter and divable year-round. Fair bit of life, particularly on the sunken features - train car, an old pier, an airplane, and now some artificial reef (cement reef balls). It can get old quickly, but Smitty's is "Old Reliable" around here. FYI - Whittier is road-accessible only through an active railroad tunnel. There is a toll, and traffic only goes one direction at a time. Time your trip, or you may have to wait for the tunnel opening. Also, the tunnel closes at night, so come early or be prepared to stay the night (if you are going to sleep over in Whittier, get your room reservation before you arrive). The ratings are pretty accurate year-round. Viz changes seasonally, but day-to-day conditions can change it, too.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
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