Location: Norway

Orca Live-Aboard Free Diving Expedition

An orca expedition like no other!

Photo © Andy Murch

Our Norwegian orca expedition includes 5 days of chasing killer whales in the Fiords of northern Norway and 6 nights accommodation and meals onboard the well equipped liveaboard expedition vessel M/S Sula.

Why come with Big Fish Expeditions

There are very few places where one can dive with orcas. North American regulations do not permit divers to enter the water with resident orcas and sightings in most other areas of the world are simply too unreliable. Although orca expeditions in Norway are not always successful, we are heading there at exactly the right time of year when the killer whales are following the herring migration. As always Big Fish Expeditions is putting everything together to make this the best opportunity for the orca encounter of a lifetime.

THE ENCOUNTER

Free diving/snorkeling with orcas

2019

DATE
January 5-11 FULL

PRICE (USD)
$5,195 per person double occupancy

LEADER
Simon Spear

2019

DATE
November 23-29 1 SPOT AVAILABLE

PRICE (USD)
$5,295 per person double occupancy

LEADER
Simon Spear

2020

DATE
January 11-17 5 SPOTS AVAILABLE
November 21-27 8 SPOTS AVAILABLE

PRICE (Norwegian Krone)
42,000 per person double occupancy

LEADER
Simon Spear

DETAILS

ACCOMMODATION
Hotel in Xcalak & fisherman’s cottage in Chinchorro

EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Only snorkeling experience for crocodile encounters
Open Water certification required for optional scuba dives

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Your trip includes 6 nights accommodation aboard the expedition ship MV Sula. All meals and non-alcoholic beverages while onboard. Five days at sea searching for / interacting with orcas.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Personal snorkeling equipment rental
  • Flights
  • Gratuities

Photo © Pierre ROBERT de LATOUR

Photo © Nils Aukan

Photo © Pierre ROBERT de LATOUR

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Andy Murch

Photo © Pierre ROBERT de LATOUR

OTHER WHALES

During our time at sea there is also the possibility of encountering a number of other whale species including humpack whales, sei whales, minke whales, fin whales and pilot whales.

WORDS FROM OUR GUESTS

Home after an incredible trip to Norway to swim with orcas! Another awesome time with Big Fish Expeditions! We had some perfect encounters with orcas in the water, and watched humpback whales feeding with them on herring from the boat. This was the most amazing thing I’ve ever done, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Trisha Stovel, Vancouver, BC., Canada.

If you’ve ever had the desire to see Orcas from their perspective, this is the trip. Right from the start, the crew has a method for encounters that start with the whales first having the option of staying away from us. You can jump in the water with a lot of different large species, but these intelligent and social animals are pretty much the pinnacle. What struck me on this trip was not so much being in the water with a pod of Orcas, that was anticlimactic after all the planning and preparing. It was their sheer power and size seeing them from the dive boat that impressed me the most. They are more remarkable when you’re at their level on the surface than you’d ever imagine if you saw them from a whale watching tour on a large boat from 100 meters away. Here, they surface right next to you and you’re looking right at that two meter tall dorsal fin sail by. If you’re not into diving or snorkeling, this would still be the trip of a lifetime if you want to see and photograph Orcas up close. You will also see other whale species spouting near the M/S Sula, and perhaps like us, see Humpbacks together with the Orcas sharing the bait ball. If you want to get in the water, be prepared for an extreme adventure, but one that you’ll never forget.

Dustin Hurbut, Washington State, USA.

Take a peek at this short video by one of our guests

ITINERARY

Day 1 2 p.m. board the liveaboard M/S Sula. 6pm dinner onboard the ship followed by a briefing about safely swimming with orcas.
Days 2-6 After a hearty breakfast we will venture just off the coast to look for pods of hunting orcas to snorkel with.
Day 7 Around 6 p.m. disembark and depart for home.
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Big Fish Expeditions Founder Andy Murch has spent the last two decades chasing big animals all over the world. Few people have Andy’s knowledge and organizational skills necessary to put together a professional expedition. Have a look through some of the comments from our guests: testimonials.

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