ORCA DIVING

Norway

January 18-27, 2018

November 8-17, 2018

  • Orca Experience: 22 years
  • Where: Off Lofoten Island, Norway
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Max No. of Guests: 9
  • Pricing: Please Inquire Below
  • Vessel: 100′ Ms. Sula
  • Activities: Diving, snorkeling, photography
  • Temperature:
    • Water 32 – 40° F (0 – 4° C)
    • Land (day) 28 – 38° F ( -2 – 3 C)

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ITINERARYDETAILSTERMS—CONDITIONS
Day 1:
– This day is for travelers departing from the USA on a flight to Oslo. Arrives the next day.
– This is a travel day for guests arriving from Europe. After clearing Oslo customs, we proceed to connecting flight to Tromso where the vessel is waiting our boarding on the next day. upon arrival, take a taxi to the radisson Blu, were we all meet after 8 pm. more specific information will be included in your travel preparation information.

Day 2:
– morning free, we meet again at 2pm and make plan to board the vessel.

Days 3 – 8:
– At first light each day, we begin our search for orca diving opportunities. Spending the six days will be spent in cold, clear Norwegian winter water surrounded by a spectacular Arctic landscape, and the probability of seeing awesome displays of the Northern lights (Aurora Borealis.)We’ll cruise in the protection of the fijords as other whale watching vessels, fishermen, and ferries radio information to help our search for Orca pods.

Day 9:
– After a day at sea, we depart m/V Sula in the early evening around 6pm and spend our last night at the radisson Blu hotel.

Meal Time

Once aboard, its quarters become part of the orca diving experience, one that creates a special bond with new friends sharing a totally unique wildlife experience. One where we will view massive schools of herring chased by orcas, as well as hump- backs that have modified their primary diet of krill to include herring. this is just the tip of the iceberg.

There is a lot of action to squeeze into a four hour day when the sun rises around 10am and darkness is upon us by 3pm. light is limited at this time of year, but the frigid waters of the North Sea are exceedingly clear, boasting horizontal visibility up to 50 feet, and vertical visibility up to 100 feet.

We begin cruising through the majestic fjords early in the morning as the light is just starting to shine. As soon as we spot the Orca pods, which can sometimes take up to two hours, we split the team into two so that each Zodiac carries only four divers.

During Norway’s frigid winter, its majestic Arctic coastline and stunning ords attract voluminous schools of herring, which in turn attract pods of Orcas. After determining the direction baitfish are being chased by resident Orcas, we will pursue these magnificent mammals until we can slip silently into the water for close up views and photographs of these magnificent mammals satiating their huge appetites.

The trip is greater enhanced by the pod’s social behavior. Not unlike the humpback whales unique “bubbling” feeding technique, Orcas display an activity called“ carouseling.” Swimming under schools of herring, they exhale volumes of air bubbles to separate her- ring schools. Separated and carried helplessly towards the surface, smaller bait balls make easy pickings for hungry pods.

An activity witnessed by only a handful of snorkelers allows you the privilege to view the whale during its unique feeding behavior. Quietly, two of us at a time will slip into the water to observe the pod feeding. While we are snorkeling and free-diving, Orcas, curious by nature, will amaze us with very close encounters. you can count on my photographic experience to help make this nine-day trip one of a lifetime.

m/V Sula

m/V Sula offers a lounge, equipment and drying room. it is fully heated with five cabins (four doubles and one quad) equipped with washbasins, but we keep the ship feeling spacious by limiting the trip to 8 divers. the boat has shared toilets and a shower. it’s cozy, offering a unique

Once aboard, its quarters become part of the experience, one that creates a special bond with new friends sharing a totally unique wildlife experience. One where we will view massive schools of herring chased by orcas, as well as hump- backs that have modified their primary diet of krill to include herring. this is just the tip of the iceberg.

There is a lot of action to squeeze into a four hour day when the sun rises around 10am and darkness is upon us by 3pm. light is limited at this time of year, but the frigid waters of the North Sea are exceedingly clear, boasting horizontal visibility up to 50 feet, and vertical visibility up to 100 feet.

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

  • Six days of orca diving activities
  • Accommodations with all meals on board the vessel
  • Photo coaching by Amanda Cotton
  • All diving services when available
  • Only 8 guests

TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Overnight hotels if required due to flight schedule
  • Transfers and meals which aren’t specified above
  • Overweight luggage or excess baggage
  • Personal charges such as laundry, bar, and telecommunication charges
  • Insurance – we strongly recommend you buy your own travel, health, and diving insurance
  • Loss of dive gear and equipment
  • Gratuities

PAYMENT & DEPOSIT POLICY

When we receive your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive and detailed Trip Preparation Bulletin about the experience and the destination. All trip costs are subject to change without prior notice until your reservation is confirmed.

  • A deposit of 33% of the total trip price is required to secure space on the trip.
  • Full payment is due no later than 90 days before departure.
  • We reserve the right to sell any space that is not paid in full by 60 days before departure.
  • Cancellation Policy
    • Must be made in writing.
    • More than 90 days before trip: Deposit will be refunded in full.
    • 90 days or less before trip: Deposit will be refunded if space is sold, less unrecoverable costs of sales, and administration costs.
    • No refund is made for unused part of the itinerary.
  • The following are subject to change:
    • Cost of services which are not included in the expedition price
    • Flight time and schedule
    • Weather, water temperature, and animal behavior

Insurance: you MUST provide proof of travel and diving insurance

Question — how can we help?

 

 Amos Nachoum Expedition Leader

Amos Nachoum

Expedition Leader

Amos has over 30 years experience as an adventurer and guide.

Amos is also a very accomplished professional photographer who was the BBC wildlife photographer of the year in 2007 and 2008.

Throughout your trip Amos will be available to provide you with expert coaching on interacting with the animals, and advice on how to best photograph them and their environment.

Amanda Cotton Expedition Leader

Amanda Cotton

Expedition Leader

An expert guide and professional Nikon Photographer specializing in underwater imagery, Amanda’s photos have been published in major publications and news sources worldwide including National Geographic, Discovery, Times Publishing, CNN, and Science Daily.

In addition to being an expert underwater photographer, she is also an excellent coach who will happily work one-on-one with you to ensure you get the best possible shots of the sharks.

Amanda is honored to be a member of of The Women Divers Hall of Fame, The Explorers Club, a member of OAS (Ocean Artists Society), and a recognized shark expert, who’s gentle and friendly style is appreciated by both sharks and guests alike.

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