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Dive Review of Nautilus Swell in
The Continental USA/Alaska

Nautilus Swell, Sep, 2013,

by Hans P Nielsen, AZ, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 7225.

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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 $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was cold water diving at its BEST! I was on the 12-day cruise that happens once a year in September when they move the boat from Sitka or Juneau in Alaska to Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The boat and crew were fantastic, and the steel-hulled tender INDE from which we dove was outstanding. The SWELL, a 100 year old converted tug boat, is the only boat that plies these waters, and they know what they're doing. Due to extreme currents, it is critical that dives take place around slack tides, actually on both the ebb and flood sides of a tide change. And this crew knows when and where to put you so that you have enjoyable conditions. But you need to book well in advance because these trips fill up fast. The only way to dive the waters of the inside passage from Alaska south to British Columbia is in a drysuit with very thick underwear. And you might want to consider dry gloves also, at least three-fingered mitts. The sea life is so prolific that it's astounding!
Websites Nautilus Swell   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving California, Komodo, Cozumel, Bonaire, Fiji, Malaysia, Socorro
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 49-53°F / 9-12°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-40 Ft/ 3-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I'm not an underwater photographer. But those that were had an excellent area from which to store and work with their equipment.
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