(Atlantic - Canada )
- Incredible whale encounters
- Recreational and technical diving
- Bell Island wrecks
- Ideal for solo travellers or groups!
- Award winning dive operators
The holy grails of diving tend to be the big encounters that stand out from all the rest. The bigger the better really. And it does not get much bigger than the Wrecks and Whales tour. This winning itinerary combines the gigantic Bell Island shipwrecks, great iron ore carriers sunk in the Second World War, and huge humpback whales. Thanks to the lovely team at Oxygene Newfoundland, you can get closer than ever these gorgeous wrecks as well as snorkel with humpbacks all in one inspiring trip.
The team at Oxygene Newfoundland have dived the Bell Island wrecks more than anyone else and are privileged that virtually no other divers visit. So not only can you benefit from their many year's experience and expertise, but you can also drop down into clear blue waters free from other divers. They also know just where to find the whales. They have a long and proven track record of getting divers and snorkelers to the right place at the right time. Passionate about the natural world around them, Oxygene Newfoundland balances first class encounters with respecting these stunning beasts and has won a national award in recognition of their approach. Nor is anything too much effort - no detail has been left to chance. You can be sure that any trip to Oxygene Newfoundland will run smoothly from beginning to end.
The Bell Island wrecks deserve a lot more attention than they get. The cool waters have preserved the wooden decking and the 4 wrecks are in incredible condition. There are winches, portholes, masts, ladders and so much more to investigate. Wend your way through the companion ways and peek through the engine hatch. The Saganaga and Strathcona are covered in plume anemones whilst the Rosecastle boasts soft corals. The PLM even still has its huge prop in place. Newfoundland is also the destination for anyone wanting to get close to majestic humpbacks in their natural habitat. With a day dedicated to whale watching, you can snorkel with the whales in vast numbers. Pick the Wrecks and Whales tour for a trip that offers the unimaginable yet delivers effortlessly every time!
- Experience: Advanced
- Min. Logged Dives: 30
- No. Dives Included: 10
- Dive Boat: Hard Boat
- Tanks: 12ltr
- Nitrox: Yes
- Season: Jun - Jul
- Air Temp: 2 - 20 C
- Water Temp: 2 - 12 C
- Visability: 10 - 30m
- Max Group Size: 12
Dive computer, safety sausage
- Please enquire at time of booking
- Logbook & Certification card, Diving Insurance and Diving Medical
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This is an example itinerary and shows what you can expect to visit on a typical Wrecks and Whales itinerary. The schedule is subject to change according to prevailing weather conditions.Day 1
On arrival in St. Johns you will be transferred to the Ocean Quest Lodge and get ready for the first days diving the next day
Departing from the dive centre at about 8:30 you will be taken to the nearby marina (5 minutes) and get on board. After kitting up and reaching Bell Island (approx 45 minutes) the check dive is planned for the PLM, the shallowest of the 4 wrecks. Make sure you include the prop and torpedo damage. A second dive can be made on the PLM to include the bow section and rope holds.
The second day of diving will be split between the Lord Strathcona and and Saganaga. These are perhaps the 2 most picturesque of the wrecks and are packed with marine life as well as a radio station inside the Saganaga. The large holds are atmospheric and worth exploring. Traveling to the stern there is a rear mounted anti aircraft gun. Follow the anchor chain on the Saganaga as it snakes across the decks.
The RIB is hitched up to the bus and you will be taken to an area good for finding humpbacks (such as Petty Harbour or Baacalieu Island). The humpbacks congregate to feed on the small caplin fish spawning in the harbour mouths so you probably wont have to wait for long before you spot the tell tale puffs of spray and brilliant white fins. You can also get in the water to snorkel with the humpbacks when the chance arrises! Dolphin are also often spotted in these locations alongside passing minke whales.
This is the perfect day to dive the Rosecastle, the deepest of the 4 wrecks and in near perfect condition. A second dive is needed to really see the main highlights of the wreck which includes the intact super structure.
This is the final day of diving and the opportunity to repeat any of the Bell Island wrecks or to take look at 2 whaling ships that were sunk closer to land and still carry an (unloaded) harpoon gun!
This is a rest day and chance for some sightseeing around St Johns. Why not add a day trip to the stunning Terra Nova National Park to take in the view, go hiking or even try your hand at some sea kayaking (local charges apply)
The transfer is made to catch your return flight back to the UK.
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