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Dive Review of albert marvelli/mv invincible in
Other Locations/scapa flow scotland

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by al marvelli, ny, usa
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Report Number 4568
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
ne usa,pa,ny,nj,va ,fl,ca,roatan,costarica,bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
45   to 55    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
accepted nitrox diving standards(BSAC rules)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
no specific camera provisions, crew willing to learn
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
five guys from new york went to scapa flow scotland on a two week trip here
are some details.

scapa flow is home to about 2 dozen sunken german warships from the high
seas fleet of ww1. scapa flow is the body of water where they lie. we based
our adventure aboard the liveaboard diveboat m/v invincible based out of
stromness harbor on the island of orkney. 

you fly into edindburgh and drive up to the ferry at scrabster. its an 8 hr
drive and a 2 hour ferry ride. then you are on orkney. there is long term
parking after you load gear onto the boat. the boat has full facilities
even a full bar with two taps. its a converted fishing trawler, 110 ft
long. tanks weights and air are included, doubles stages nitrox and
rebreather support is available for extra,they can do trimix for special
charters  but all diving in the flow is 45m or less so 30% nitrox is fine
for everything. youll need some wrek diving skill all the dive are off shot
lines and shoot a dsmb or a marker and drift for deco. 

the way a dive day went you are asleep and they cast off at about 7,
usually ring a bell about 25 min before they are at site, you gear up and
live drop onto a buoy attached to wrek. first dive was always a big one a
cruiser or battleship. vis was dark and low, they said there was reduced
vis that week, pictures showed better vis. still awesome diving, better vis
than the mud hole. we ran 45 min bottom times, and shot bags to drift deco.
when you surface the boat was right there and they have a lift so no ladder
climbing. you de kit and they serve a full scottish breakfast right there
on deck eggs bacon,scones,beans,sausage,toast,ham,tomatoes, and oh some
kind of meat. then they fill tanks while you steam to one of the blockships
which are further away. the blockships all had spectacular vis but were
tidal sites that have to be dived at mean slack so when the tide starts to
run you dive is over better shoot a bag and drift, cause you are drifting
anyways. get back on boat and youll be onshore by one and in the pub for
lunch and a pint. tour something and then dinner in town and maybe some
more pub stuff before lights out. you could get a full food package but we
went for b-fast only. 

in general in case you missed it this is advanced diving and you better be
able to dive wrecks and deep ones by recreational standards. there were
folks diving off the other boats using single tanks but most had pony
bottles. drysuits were also the norm.    

topside there is plenty to do on orkney, whiskey distillery tours,stones of
stenness-like stonehenge but smaller,italian chapel and various museums to
tour. ornkey was facinating. we toured scotland afterward saw some castles,
more distilleries and lots of history. even if you only had one day based
in edinburgh you could see a lot of stuff, make room after diving if you

the weather was well scotland even tho it was september it was cold and
grey in the orkneys. event tho it was still very pleasant. the people are
charming and the entire country was spotless.really no garbage anywhere

bottom line we had lots of fun, saw some huge wreks and drank some fine
liquor. good times, aint that what its all about?i will be there again when
i can. 
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