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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Canada/British columbia

April, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Kim Brungraber, WI, USA
Report Number 510
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Bahamas, Mexico, Austrialia,Hawaii, St. Thomas.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
45   to 50    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Because of the Tides we had a widow of 50 to 60 minutes for each dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
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

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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