Nautilus Swell


First there was the Nautilus Explorer. The legendary liveaboard that pioneered diving in Alaska and British Columbia. Now there is the sistership Nautilus Swell, a beautiful, classic 90 foot vessel. With a recent $3.5 million restoration and perfectly set up for divers, they intend to make The Nautilus Swell a diving legend in her own right.


Nautilus Swell provides seven (7) staterooms all with private facilities for up to 12 guests. All cabins have ensuite heads and showers and individual temperature control.

2 superior suites on the main deck span the width of the superstructure with a door at each end of the cabin, portholes and bright light atmosphere. 1 superior cabin has bunks. The other cabin has a 57″ x 75.5″ double bed.

There are 2 double staterooms on the hot-tub deck with bunks, a skylight, portholes and a door that opens directly outside. Both have private ensuites with ver large heads and a shower.

There are also 2 single occupancy staterooms on the same deck that are very similar to the double staterooms (bunk style) except that the heads are slightly smaller. These cabins are available as a double if requested. The “Captain’s Cabin” is at the forward end of this deck and accessible through the large, comfortable wheelhouse. This cabin has the added bonus of being able to step out into the wheelhouse and enjoy the panoramic view. It has a 54.5″ x 75″ double bed.


Food is central to life aboard The Swell. They showcase fresh and creative cuisine that fuses western and Mexican cuisines. The meals are a mix of plated, family style, and buffet service. You can also enjoy fresh snacks, daily baked goods, fresh fruit and a constant supply of fresh baked cookies.

Sample Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Evening board in Sitka
  • Day 2: Sergius Narrows area
  • Day 3: Dive Baranoff Island and relax in hot springs
  • Day 4: Secret jelly fish dive & salmon stream
  • Day 5: Dive Wooden Island and secret wolf-eel spot
  • Day 6: Le Conte calving glaciers and icebers
  • Day 7: Pt. Adolphus whale watching, search for sea otter raft, afternoon dive
  • Day 8: Inian Island diving, whale watching and diving with sea lions
  • Day 9: More Inian Island
  • Day 10: Dive wrecks of the Princess Sophia and Princess Kathleen
  • Day 11: Morning disembarkation

The Diving:

Diving from the Nautilus Swell couldn’t be easier. Their 38 foot dive skiff Inde, previously used for 24 divers on the Explorer, will now be used for only 12-14 divers on the Swell and is essentially the “dive deck”, with loads of room for storage. Once your gear is set up on Inde, a single step down from the mothership, you won’t have to touch it again for the rest of the trip. A large multi-level camera table, covered drysuit rack, work station, gear storage area, and sparkling clear hot tub are located on flight of stairs up from Inde.

From calving glaciers and climbing onto icebergs, bubblenet feeding humpback whales, eagles, grizzly bears, pulse pounding dives with Stellar sea lions and giant octopus, impressive wrecks like the Princess Sophia and Princess Kathleen to walls that are so covered with brightly colored corals there isn’t a square inch you can touch.

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