Nudibranch Safari 2015

Join the Nudibranch Safari!

Do you love nudibranchs and want to learn more about them? Then the Nudibranch Safari is just what you've been looking for! Join our famous experts at Gulen Dive Resort in Norway.

Posted on Aug 30, 2015

The Nudibranch Safari 2014 is held at Gulen Dive Resort north of Bergen on the Norwegian west coast, with the following options:

      • Nudibranch Safari 1: March 12-16, 2015   
        Thu-Mon, with Bernard Picton, Erling Svensen, Christian Skauge

      • Nudibranch Symposium: March 16-19, 2015   
        Mon-Thu, with Bernard Picton, Jussi Evertsen, Christian Skauge

      • Nudibranch Safari 2: March 19-23, 2015   
        Thu-Mon, with Bernard Picton, Jussi Evertsen, Christian Skauge

Both Nudibranch Safaris are three full days/four nights. In between we hold a Nudibranch Symposium, aimed at researchers and biologists working scientifically with nudibranchs. This is a unique opportunity to make international connections and discuss taxonomy, biology and other related issues.

Safari 1

Nudibranch Safari 1 - March 12-16, 2015:

• Day 1 (12/3/15):
  Arrival at Gulen Dive Resort, welcome meeting
• Day 2 (13/3/15):
  House reef dives, local boat dives, nudibranch lectures, workshop
• Day 3 (14/3/15):
  House reef dives, local boat dives, nudibranch lectures, workshop
• Day 4 (15/3/15):
  House reef dives, local boat dives, nudibranch lectures, workshop
• Day 5 (16/3/15):
  Departure from Gulen Dive Resort

• PRICE: NOK 5.390,- (ca. € 660,-) incl. diving, lectures and accommodation

Safari 2

Nudibranch Safari 2 - March 19-23, 2015:

• Day 1 (19/3/15):
  Arrival at Gulen Dive Resort, welcome meeting
• Day 2 (20/3/15):
  House reef dives, local boat dives, nudibranch lectures, workshop
• Day 3 (21/3/15):
  House reef dives, local boat dives, nudibranch lectures, workshop
• Day 4 (22/3/15):
  House reef dives, local boat dives, nudibranch lectures, workshop
• Day 5 (23/3/15):
  Departure from Gulen Dive Resort

• PRICE: NOK 5.390,- (ca. € 660,-) incl. diving, lectures and accommodation


Nudibranch Symposium - March 16-19, 2015:

• Day 1 (16/3/15):
  Arrival at Gulen Dive Resort for those not already there
• Day 2 (17/3/15):
  House reef dives, local boat dives, presentations, workshop
• Day 3 (18/3/15):
  House reef dives, local boat dives, presentations, workshop
• Day 4 (23/3/15):
  Departure from Gulen Dive Resort for those not staying on

• PRICE: NOK 8.500,- (ca. € 1.050,-) incl. diving and accommodation


The package includes:

• 4 nights in shared twin rooms at Gulen Dive Resort (3 nights at the symposium)
• Unlimited house reef diving
• Local boat dives
• Nudibranch and UW-photo lectures, workshop
• Tanks, weights and air for all dives

The package does NOT include:

• Flights/transfer/travel costs or dive equipment
• Food (self-catering)
• Bedsheets (must be brought or rented)


Booking through Gulen Dive Resort who are responsible for the accommodation, facilities and diving. All dives are offered weather permitting.

Please note that the Nudibranch Symposium is aimed at researchers, biologists and scientists working with nudibranchs. Regular divers/underwater photographers should book the Nudibranch Safari.

If you have questions, please read the diving requirements and safety procedures or get in touch with us. When booking please be advised that you accept the terms and conditions set forth by Gulen Dive Resort.

The workshop program starts on the second day on both safaris: Day one is arriving day and day five is going-home day. That leaves three full days for nudibranch workshop fun!

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To find ut more about the Nudibranch Safari, please read on. The nitty-gritty details of booking, transfer etc. can be found in the Nudibranch Safari FAQs:

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The Nudibranch Safari 2015 experts

The Nudibranch Safari will be hosted by a unique line-up of top experts who will be on site to share their knowledge with the participants:

Nudibranch expert Bernard Picton (author of A Field Guide to the Nudibranchs of the British Isles) is present at both safaris; so is underwater photographer and Nudibranch Safari organizer Christian Skauge.

They are joined by Norwegian marine biologists Dr. Jussi Evertsen and Dr. Torkild Bakken for the second safari, which will be a true nudi nerd event!

Participants studying some of the collected material on the Nudibranch Safari in 2014.

Nudibranch diving

The dives on the Nudibranch Safari will be made on different spots the house reef of Gulen Dive Resort and in the surrounding area (local boat dives are included).

So far we have found and identified a staggering 63+ different species of nudibranchs on the house reef, and every year we find something new and exciting. The marine biologists will be at hand to assist in identifying what we find and update the species list.

Nudibranch litterature, stereo magnifiers, magnifying glasses for diving and other equipment for collection, closer study and identification will be available. A more detailed workshop program will be made available closer to the events.

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So far, 63+ nudibranch species has been identified on the Nudibranch Safaris. We have found species new to Norway every year, and you could be the lucky discoverer of the next one!

Always something new and exciting

Norwegian waters are home to around one hundred nudibranch species. About a third of these live in deep water, which means we have found around 80% of all the species at diveable depth!

Even so, something new and exciting turns up every year - for instance five species never before officially recorded in Norway.

Stereo magnifiers, litterature and other tools for closer study of nudibranchs will be at hand at the Nudibranch Safari.

This is nothing short of a scientific sensation, and YOU could be the one finding a new species! Don't miss this excellent opportunity to experience the plethora of nudibranchs found at Gulen, up close and personal.

» Click here for the Nudibranch Safari FAQs

Both Nudibranch Safaris were sold out last year, so booking early is a good idea. We can promise you a fun and exciting weekend - come join us!

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