Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
11/05/2006 3.48 Smitty's Cove Alaska, USA West
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.