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Dive Review of Nautilus Swell in
General Travel/Other Locations/Alaska

Nautilus Swell, Aug, 2013,

by C Leroy Anderson, UT, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 7093.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Nautilus Swell is a refurbished tugboat and set up in a most pleasing way for divers. Each room had a private shower and bathroom. Plenty of hot water which was nice for Alaska! Food was plentiful and delicious, with two breakfasts each morning, snacks available during the day, and hot chocolate following the diving. The crew was engaging and very helpful, and the captain was constantly going the extra mile to make the trip a success for every diver. One diver lost luggage, and the captain made a special trip to go to the airport and helped recover the luggage. Another diver forgot his drysuit underwear and the captain let him use his personal undersuit. Usually three dives per day were on offer as well as a variety of other activities.
The diving itself was unique and spectacular, world class in all respects. Wolf eels, giant pacific octopus, humpback whales, pacific whiteside dolphins, up front and very entertaining stellar sea lions, as well as very colorful walls were on offer. Additionally, the invertebrate life such as crabs, anemonies, jellyfish, starfish etc. was plentiful and beautiful. Shore excursions and beach bonfires added variety, as did trips to ice floes and glacier fields, watching glaciers break off and plunge into the ocean was breathtaking. Scrambling and jumping off icebergs, and kayaking around icebergs was also on the itinery. The above water topography and landscapes seen while visiting the various dive sites was breathtakingly gorgeous. Also nice was the chance to go bear watching and eagle/bird watching. A very diverse and exiting liveaboard experience for sure. Warm water divers will never know! Alaska needs to be classified as among the world's great dive destinations...and it is right here in the USA!
Websites Nautilus Swell   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean, British Columbia, Baja California, California, Washington State, inland rivers and lakes, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Komodo, Cocos, Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway, Galapagos.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 32-50°F / 0-10°C Wetsuit Thickness 8
Water Visibility 15-50 Ft/ 5-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Divers on board experienced enough to manage their own profiles.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank, camera table available.
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