Freediving with Orcas 2018
+++Freediving with Orcas+++ We have open spots on our orca trip to Norway. +++ If you dream of snorkeling with these amazing creatures, this could be the chance. +++
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See this video for further insights which was filmed during a trip with BigAnimals Global Expeditions. Special Thanks to Amanda Cotton, Tony Meyer, Pierre Robert de Latour, Olav Magne Strømsholm, Eirin Røverdatter Salseggen
This is more information about this trip provided by the operator Orcanorway:
The 6 days trip includes :
– 6 days liveaboard expedition and accommodation in an equipped liveaboard boat M/S “Sula” / 12 guests per trip.
– All meals/food, coffee/tea/soft-drinks. Professional chef onboard.
– All guiding and transport to the field for seeking orcas.
– Snorkeling with orcas
– Dinghy with driver and guide (fuel is included).
– Harbor Fee
– Bedclothes and towels included
– Wireless Internet onboard.
– Hot tub
– One evening with Hydrophone for listening to the sound of orcas and humpbacks. (If good conditions).
– USEA Lectures with USEA Certification / Lecturer Orca Expert Pierre Robert de Latour.( Approx one hour per evening).
* No flights or other transfer to the location are not included in the offer.
** We offer pick-up service from the nearest airport to the harbor, free of charge,.
6 days orca exepediton trip = NOK 38.700,- per person
Rental of complete equipment : Dry suit with underwear/thinsulate, mask, snorkel,fins, gloves, weight
and aquafloat. Price = NOK 2.100,- per person
An aquafloat is an overall protect the body for rain, wind and coldness. Good to wear when you are topside on the boat decK.
ARRIVAL : TROMSÖ AIRPORT (TOS)
DEPARTURE : TROMSÖ AIRPORT (TOS)
The main activity is snorkeling /freediving with orcas and humpbacks. You can expect to be into water 2-4 times a day, we are out on the orca field all the daylight time.
We don’t use tanks with the animals, they are afraid of the bubbles and will then disappear. The animals are friendly, but we never don’t touch them or feed them. It’s not necessary to have any diving license to join our orca exp. trips, and you don’t need prior training. We do snorkeling/swimming with orcas and humpbacks.
Our crew will teach you how to use the dry-suit for snorkeling. There are diving instructors onboard. The orca season is in wintertime and we use dry-suits. You can bring with your own dry-suit, but it’s possible to rent. There are dry-suits for rental in all standard sizes onboard.
USEA is the network for those who care about the respect of the comfort and the wild nature of marine mammals.
Approved by scientists working in the field of marine mammals, USEA interactions are much better than enforced encounters for both diver and marine mammal.
On board the SULA, during ORCA EXPEDITION, guided by the best specialists you will learn with USEA techniques how to come close and interact in the best conditions with orcas and large whales.
Successful USEA interaction allows you to be USEA Diver, registered in the network with an unique number. You will have your own Certification.
Our captain Olav Strömsholm and the USEA Leader Pierre ROBERT de LATOUR are well experienced to come close to the animals, and Pierre is perhaps the most experienced free-diver in the world to be into water with the orcas with more than 5000 encounters.
WHO CAN DO THAT?
It’s not necessary to have a certification for snorkeling with the animals.
We use dry-suits and it’s opportunity to rent complete diving equipment from us.
However, if you don’t have experience with snorkeling we give you lessons when you are onboard and also using of dry-suits.
HOW WE OPERATE?
We are at your service in realizing this expedition.
When we are into the water with the animals we don’t use bottles.
How many times you will be into the water with the animals depends of weather and windy conditions, but you can expect from 2-4 times or even more a day if good conditions.
It’s opportunity to do regulary diving in the evenings after seeking orcas. Scuba diving for well experienced divers only! Need to have 30 dives with dry suit.
All diving arrangements are included in our offer/price.
There are weights and bottles onboard. Single 12 liter 200 bar and 15 liter 200 bar.
THE ORCA TEAM
The crew onboard is well experienced dive-instructors/boat drivers, guides and chef.
Our crew speaks Scandinavian, English and French.
M/S Sula, 90 feet, 220 V Electricity, one lounge with sitting groups, room for diving-equipment, room for drying the suits, washing machine, tumble dryer. 2 cabins with 4 beds and 7 cabins with 3 beds. The cabins have upper and lower beds.
There are 3 toilets and 2 showers onboard (2 showers and 2 toilets in corridor area and one toilet under the shelter deck). All cabins with washbasin with warm and cold water.
RENTAL OF DIVING EQUIPMENT :
You can bring with your own dry-suit and/or equipment for snorkeling/diving or it’s possible to rent.
Onboard there are dry-suits in all standard sizes.
For the dry-suit we ask you about your
Height (cm) : ?
Weight (kilos) : ?
Shoe-size (European) :
October – January : Water temperature is about 4-6 degrees. Air temperature from -7 to +10 degrees C
A typical day onboard/ orca exp. trip
Wake up at 07:30 am
Breakfast at 08:00-08:30 am
Boat leaves the harbour about 09:00 am.
We go out to the fjord for seeking orcas.
Sometimes we see the animals immediately and can start the operation soon.
Other days we need hours to find the orcas. When we find the orcas we move to the less boat (dinghy equipped with dry-suit and keep the camera ready for photo action.
Normally we are in the dinghy two to three hours and then back to the main ship for eating hot soup, coffee break and lunch.
When the darkness is coming we go to the closest bay or harbor to stay the night over.
Dinner onboard at 18:00 hrs.
The most important things to bring with you :
Credit cards or cash, (almost everywhere in Norway you can pay with credit card (Master/Visa)
Underwear of wool/fleece. Material of wool is best
Slippers to have inside the boat
Clothes for winter clima
Photo camera / GoPro camera if you have.
Clothes for hot tub (clothes for bathing).
OUR TERMS / 6 days trip / Season: 2018 / Boat : MS Sula, Per Person.
1. A deposit of NOK 8.000,- / must be paid within 7 days reservation.
No deposit back if any cancellation.
2. The balance of payment of NOK 30.700,- Excl . Rental of Equipment / Or NOK 34.800 within 01. October 2018.
If you don’t pay the rest within 01 October 2018 ,your order will be cancelled.
3. By cancellation after 01. October 2018, your payment (no deposit) will be refunded the cause of sickness or death only.
A declaration from doctor must be presented before refunding