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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Canada/British columbia

Nautilus Explorer, Apr, 2003,

by Kim Brungraber, WI, USA . Report 510.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Bahamas, Mexico, Austrialia, Hawaii, St. Thomas.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 45 to 50 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 25 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Because of the Tides we had a widow of 50 to 60 minutes for each dive.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales 1 or 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Plenty of room on camera tables for set-up and flim changing. No rinse tank on smaller dive skiff for cameras. Had to wait until you got back to the Nautilus Explore to rinse cameras, but, it was always a short ride back to the boat.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Captain and crew where excellent. This was our fourth live-a-board. We have been on the Sea-Fever, and Nekton. this was the best. Food, rooms, service, and diving for the experience diver was top notch in my book.

My only complaint was that we where told that we could dive with some sea-lions and have a good chance to see the Pacific Giant Octo. We never dove with the sea-lions, and where told about several octo's. But, only two people saw one. I guess you can not see everything in one trip. I would go back again.


I highly recommend the Nautilus Explorer for any experience diver who is looking for a new adventure and some of the most beautiful sea life around. The walls where just covered with life. I have never taken so many macro's.

We dove with dry suites. You could dive with 7mm wetsuites, but, you will limit yourself to how many dives a day you could handle cold water. My husband and I did 11 dives, and really enjoyed ourselves. You could have done 18-19 dives. Some did.

The Nautilus Explorer Captain Tom, did a good job giving us information before getting on his boat. So, I would have to say that there is nothing that I wish I would have known before l left home.

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