MS Sula

Destination: norway

Orca Expeditions  (3 & 6 Days) | From $770/night

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Join Orca Norway & Strømsholmen Seasportcenter's 3 or 6 day orca expeditions aboard a well equipped 91ft live-aboard cutter with compressor, tanks and weights for 12 divers, MS Sula.

 

Why You'll like Ms Sula

  • Seek for orcas and do free-diving with them
  • Only up to 12 guests onboard
  • No snorkel experience needed to join the orca expedition trips
  • Wireless Internet onboard
  • USEA Lectures with USEA Certification / Lecturer Orca Expert Pierre Robert de Latour

 

Location

The trips embark from Tromsö. Guests will need to fly in to Tromsö Airport (TOS).

 

Dive Overview

The trip’s main focus is observing and swimming with orcas (killer whales). There’s estimated 1,500 orcas in Norwegian waters and hundreds of them come to northern Norway’s fjords between late October and early February following the herring migration. 

Orcas in Norway are of the “North Atlantic Type 1” ecotype, living in closely related pods and sometimes observed in aggregations of hundreds strong. They employ the so-called “carousel feeding” technique, where they herd herring into dense balls, then slap them with their tails to stun the fish and proceed eating them one-by-one. These fjords also get visited by great numbers of humpback whales, preying on herring using the lunge feeding technique, a true spectacle to be witnessed top-side.

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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MS Sula liveaboard - Orca Norway MS Sula liveaboard - Orca Norway

 

Ms Sula Cabin Overview

  • Cabins under deck :  3 x 2 men cabins
  • Cabins over deck: 3 x 2 men cabins
  • Top deck: 1 x 2 men cabin
  • 3 toilets and 2 showers

 

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General Facilities

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MS Sula liveaboard - Orca Norway MS Sula liveaboard - Orca Norway

 

Ms sula Boat Features

  • Lounge with 16 seats for lessons and lectures, TV screen
  • Professional chef onboard
  • Wireless Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Dinghy
  • Rental of complete snorkeling gear, including dry suits in all standard sies

 

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Schedule & Rates

MS Sula Schedule & Rates

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MS Sula Orca trips OCTOBER - DECEMBER SEASON, 2019

Week 44/19 : 26.10. - 01.11.2019 / 6 days

Week 45/19 : 02.11. 08.11.2019 / 6 days

Week 46/19 : 09.11. - 15.11.2019 / 6 days

Week 47/19 : 16.11. - 22.11.2019 / 6 days

Week 48/19 : 23.11. 29.11.2019 / 6 days 

Week 49/19 : 30.11. - 06.12.2019 / 6 days incl. Biology Course by marine zoologist Dott. Alessandro de Maddalena

Week 50/19 : 07.12. - 10.12.2019 / 3 days

Week 51/19 : 10.12. - 13.12.2019 / 3 days

Week 51/19 : 14.12. - 17.12.2019 / 3 days

Week 51/19 : 17.12. - 20.12.2019 / 3 days

Week 52/19 : 21.12. - 24.12.2019 / 3 days

Week 52/19 : 24.12. - 27.12.2019 / 3 days

Week 52/19 : 28.12. - 31.12.2019 / 3 days

Week 01/20 :  31.12. - 03.01.2020 / 3 days (limited slots available!)

 

MS SULA ORCA TRIPS January-February SEASON, 2020

Week 01/20 :  31.12. - 03.01.2020 / 3 days

Week 02/20 : 04.01. - 10.01.2020 / 6 days

Week 03/20 : 11.01. - 17.01.2020 / 6 days

Week 04/20 : 18.01. - 24.01.2020 / 6 days (limited slots available!)

 

MS SULA ORCA TRIPS October - December SEASON, 2020

Week 44/20 : 24.10. - 30.10.2020 / 6 days (limited slots available!)

Week 45/20 : 31.10. - 06.11.2020 / 6 days

Week 46/20 : 07.11. - 13.11.2020 / 6 days (limited slots available!)

Week 47/20 : 14.11. - 20.11.2020 / 6 days (limited slots available!)

Week 48/20 : 21.11. - 27.11.2020 / 6 days

Week 49/20 : 28.11.-  04.12.2020 / 6 days incl. Orca Biology Course by Dott. Alessandro de Maddalena (limited slots available!)

Week 50/20 : 05.12. - 08.12.2020 / 3 days (limited slots available!)

Week 50/20 : 08.12.- 11.12.2020 / 3 days (limited slots available!)

Week 51/20 : 12.12. - 15.12.2020 / 3 days (limited slots available!)

Week 51/20 : 15.12.-18.12.2020 / 3 days (limited slots available!)

 

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Rates

2019 Rates: 

3 days orca expedition with USEA Lectures = NOK 24,700,- per person

6 days orca expedition with USEA Lectures = NOK 40,500,- per person

2020 Rates:

3 days orca expedition with USEA Lectures = NOK 27,000,- per person

6 days orca expedition with USEA Lectures = NOK 45,000,- per person

Biology Course by Dott Alessandro de Maddalena = NOK 2.300,- per person  (Week 49/20 only)

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INCLUSIONS

  • Liveaboard expedition and accommodation in an equipped liveaboard boat
  • All meals/food, coffee/tea/soft-drinks.
  • 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
  • Hot tub
  • Wireless Internet onboard
  • One evening with Hydrophone for listening to the sound of orcas and humpbacks (if conditions allow)
  • USEA Lectures with USEA Certification / Lecturer Orca Expert Pierre Robert de Latour (approx. one hour per evening).
  • They offer pick-up service from Tromsö city to the boat tour/retour Free of Charge.

 

Exclusions

  • No flights or other transfer to/from Tromsö included in the offer
  • Rental of complete equipment with dry-suit, mask, snorkel, fins, gloves, weight-belt, underwear/thinsulate and aquafloat /3 days = NOK 1.200,- per person.
  • Rental of complete equipment with dry-suit, mask, snorkel, fins, gloves, weight-belt, underwear/thinsulate and aquafloat /6 days = NOK 2.100,- per person
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages

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RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Orca trips

3 days and 6 days orca expedition trips. Every year from the end of October to beginnng of February, the probably largest gathering of killing whales in the world take place in Troms region, far north of Norway, due to enormous amounts of herring. Sometimes as many as 50-60 orcas and humpback whales can be observed at the same time. We follow the orcas closely to watch them play and feed. When possible, we enter the water and swim with them. To be with these magnificent animals in their own habitat is an experience for life.

Water temperature in  October - January is about 4 - 6°C (39 - 42°F) and air temperature ranges from -7 to +10°C (20 - 50°F).

 

A typical day onboard

  • 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.

 

USEA

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 boat 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.

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Boat specifications

  • Length : 27 meters
  • Wide : 6 meters
  • Depth : 3.70 meters
  • Max guests: 12

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Time Zone: UTC+2
  • Local Currency: NOK (Norwegian Krone)
  • Language Spoken: Scandinavian, English and French
  • Electricity: 230V
  • Payment Onboard: Cash

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Call us today at +1-310-915-6677 or email us info@bluewaterdivetravel.com

And let us book your dream vacation!

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