Location: Ravencroft Lodge, Port Fidalgo

Snorkeling with Salmon Sharks

Swim with salmon sharks in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Photo © Andy Murch

Big Fish Expeditions Salmon Shark Adventure

Join us in Prince William Sound, Alaska for a once in a lifetime encounter with Alaska’s most iconic shark species: the mighty salmon shark! Nowhere else in the world is it possible to get close to salmon sharks but during a very short window in the Alaskan summer, these ‘mini great whites’ congregate in a couple of inlets in the sound to feast on pink salmon that are waiting to go upriver to breed.

The lodge is so well positioned for this encounter that the sharks can often be seen circling just off the dock with their fins breaking the surface. Be one of the first photographers to bring home images of one of the world’s last big predatory sharks.

THE ENCOUNTER

Freediving with salmon sharks and photographing terrestrial wildlife.
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2023

DATE
June 10-17 6 SPOTS AVAILABLE

June 17-23 FULL

June 24-30 FULL

PRICE (USD)
$5600 per person double occupancy.
A small fuel surcharge may apply.

LEADER
N/A.

A salmon shark eying the camera
Salmon shark at the surface

DETAILS

ACCOMMODATION
Ravencroft Lodge in Port Fidalgo

EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Snorkeling experience only

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING

  • Mask, snorkel, fins, and 7 mm wetsuit or a drysuit for snorkeling with the salmon sharks.
  • Warm clothing; summer in Alaska can sometimes be a bit cool.
  • Telephoto lens for eagles, grizzly and black bear sightings and capturing other topside life near the shore.
  • EVERYTHING ELSE you think you’ll need because the lodge is extremely remote.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Five days boat travel with a knowledgeable and Dedicated Captain (approx. 6hrs per day at sea).
  • Bait for attracting salmon sharks.
  • Weight belts.
  • Dock access for seft guided afternoon snorkeling sessions.
  • Evening boat excursions to photograph eagles and terrestrial wildlife.
  • Six nights accommodation in a well equipped lodge (price is for sharing a twin room).
  • All meals.
  • Boat transfer to and from Valdez (a regular water taxi is $1000 for the return trip).

NOT INCLUDED

  • All personal snorkeling gear except weight welts.
  • Mandatory travel medical insurance.
  • Flights.
  • Alcohol.
Head-on shot of a salmon shark
 
Snorkeling with Salmon Sharks in Alaska.
 
Snorkeling with Salmon Sharks in Alaska.
 

Photo © Andy Murch

Snorkeling with Salmon Sharks in Alaska.
 

Photo © Andy Murch

Snorkeling with Salmon Sharks in Alaska.
 
Bald Eagle Photography in Alaska
 
Snorkeling with Salmon Sharks in Alaska.
 

Photo © Andy Murch

Diving with salmon sharks
 
A salmon shark eying the camera
 
Orca fin protruding from the water
 
Swimming with a salmon shark
 
Diving with salmon sharks
 
Moon jelly with oarfish
 
Sea otter
 
Salmon shark at the surface
 
Prince William Sound salmon shark diving
 
Salmon shark at the surface
 
Salmon shark diving in alaska
 
Bald eagle swooping to grab a fish on our salmon shark trip
 
Sitka black-tail deer swimming across a bay in Alaska
 
Salmon shark fin at the surface
 
Sea otters on an iceburg in Alaska
 
Salmon Shark Diving Expedition
 
Close up of a salmon shark while snorkeling
 

Photo © Andy Murch

Salmon shark diving
 
How the Salmon Shark Encounters work:

Salmon sharks are most easily spotted in the mornings, so we generally look for them between 6am and noon. Near the lodge there is a spot that we call ‘Shark Alley’ where the sharks like to hang out. They can often be seen slowly swimming in circles with tips of their dorsal fins just above the water.
When we locate them, the snorkelers quietly slip into the water and swim to the front of the boat. Then the shark wranglers casts a mackerel tied to a line (with no hook) towards the shark. Salmon sharks are notoriously shy so some will immediately bolt, but the braver ones will swim towards the bait, which the wrangler then draws towards the waiting snorkelers.
Once salmon sharks are fixated on the bait, they tend to lose all fear and will approach extremely closely, allowing the snorkelers to watch them at very close quarters. The photography opportunities are excellent, as the accompanying images clearly show!

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