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Dive Review of Orca encounters in
Norwegian Sea/Vestfjord

November, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Jay Wade, OK, United States
Report Number 409
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Pacific, Carribbean, Atlantic
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
20   to 30    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The diving must be restricted in order to interact with the Orcas.  This is
not normal diving, but rather animal encounters.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
The guide, Amos Nachoum, is a very well known and world-renowned
photographer, who shares his wealth of knowledge freely with the guests. 
The price is almost worth it for the photography advice alone.  This trip
is definitely geared for photographers/videographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
If you are a big animal enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to go and swim
with the Orcas of Norway.  Yes it's cold and a long way away (from Oklahoma
at least), but it is certainly worth it.  If you aren't experienced at cold
water diving, do yourself a favor and listen to Amos' advice - he knows
what he's doing!  The pre-trip information he provides is right on the
money, and he follows it up with excellent service.

However, keep in mind that this is not a luxury live-aboard trip to the
South Pacific.  If you want to be pampered and fawned over and have someone
wipe your nose for you, don't go - period.  Diving in these extreme
northern latitudes is work, pure and simple.  But, if you relish the
opportunity to get into the wild with these animals, the reward for your
effort is beyond compare.  

It is without a doubt, the most incredible experience one can imagine -
swimming with and photographing/videoing wild Orcas in their native
environment!  An Orca at SeaWorld is one thing.  Being face to face with an
Orca in the wild is completely different!  The size, the power.  What a
magnificent animal!  As a matter of fact, I'd say that the only drawback to
this trip is that it's impossible to explain just how incredible it is to
someone who has never done it!  

The bottom line is this: if you have ever dreamed of doing something like
this, do yourself a favor and go on this trip!  It is such a wonderful
change from the normal type of diving we all generally do.  Amos, the
Orcas, and the crew are wonderful, and you won't be disappointed.
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