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Dive Review of Nautilus Swell in
The Continental USA/Alaska

Nautilus Swell, Aug, 2013,

by C Leroy Anderson, UT, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 7107.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Alaska has to be now classified as one of the world's great dive areas, I feel this dive trip was the equal of trips I've taken to Komodo, Cocos, Galapagos, Raja Ampat, or PNG. The trip included breathtaking colorful walls full of the greatest variety of nudibranchs, anemones, and starfish I've ever seen. The invertebrate life is simpl ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, PNG, Galapagos, Cocos, Hawaii, Costa Rica, British Columbia, North Carolina, Mexico, Baja, Norway, California, all thru the Caribbean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 35 to 50 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Sixty minute dive times.
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 For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments They do have a charging and rinsing area for cameras. It is difficult on the skiff to find room for all the cameras. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By report author: C Leroy Anderson in UT, US at Sep 01, 2013 11:02 EST  
I forgot to mention above, there were some really entertaining stellar sea lion dives as well. Hordes of sea lions, swimming around and with alot of physical contact with the divers. This was the most intense and entertaining marine mammal diving I've ever done. I did a video of the trip, it can be seen on youtube. Just go to "DrAdventurenut" channel or simply search for "Nautilus Swell Alaska Diving" and you will find it. Undercurrent does not allow me to provide the specific link here due to security restrictions in place for this site. Also, it is important to know you will need a drysuit of course and some good moderate to heavy weight drysuit underwear to do this trip. If you have ever wondered what the best cold water dive trip you could take would be, this is it as far as my experience goes. I hope to do this again someday.
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