diving alaska, sharks and ravencroft lodge
We are the only operation in the world offering snorkelers the chance to swim with Salmon Sharks and are the authority on Salmon Shark migration, behaviors and feeding patterns. With nearly a decade of interactions with these animals, Boone Hodgin and his wife Gina Hodgin have become experts on what makes these incredible animals tick. Trip leaders, production companies and divers around the world have used us to gain unparalled access to a pelagic fish that had previously been extremely hard to find and even harder to swim with. Come see how Ravencroft has opened the door for new shark adventures in the great Alaskan wilderness!
Not only are there sharks to see, we've also added new and exciting expeditions for eagle predation from the waterline, swimming into massive jellyfish blooms and jumping in with calved icebergs at Columbia Glacier. They've combined their wealth of knowledge from years of interactions while living and operating Ravencroft Lodge to bring you an expedition experience in the last frontier, thats like no other!
Ravencroft Lodge is ideally located at the heart of the Salmon Shark migration and central to the best scuba and shark diving locals in PWS. Built from scratch by Boone and his father in 2004, this lodge has all the amenities a lodge built in the remote wilds of Alaska usually lacks. You'll also find that the lodge is setup with scuba divers in mind with freshwater to rinse gear and hot showers to soak in at the end of the day. They have also paved the way for local and international production companies to get up close and personal for the best filming and photography shots of Salmon Sharks.
Divers will have the added bonus of reaching depths below the waterline to see Alaska's diverse aquatic wildlife that have been referred to seasoned international divers as some of the best undersea scenery they've seen. Often comparing it to warm water sites from distant parts of the planet. You'll also see enormous jellyfish blooms that only occur in a few places around the planet, one which happens to be located in south central alaskan waters. Swim with hordes of Salmon in clear freshwater streams. And don't forget topside photography of brown and black bears, humpback and grey whales, porpoise, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and numerous birds that include eagles and puffins. Without a doubt, this is the only place you can swim and photograph sharks one hour and turn around a photograph massive bears the next!
- Jeff Kurr, Discovery Channel Shark Week Producer
"If Montana is God's country, then this is where he vacations! Great Food! Great Hosts! Great Time!"
- Lars Dorseth, MT
"Ravencroft crew, thanks for a great time. Swimming with the salmon sharks was a blast!"
-Andy Dehart, National Aquarium Baltimore