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Dive Review of Orca encounters in
Norwegian Sea/Vestfjord

Orca encounters, Nov, 2002,

by Jay Wade, OK, United States . Report 409.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Pacific, Carribbean, Atlantic
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 20-30°F / -7--1°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions The diving must be restricted in order to interact with the Orcas. This is not normal diving, but rather animal encounters.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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.
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