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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Canada/Juneau to Vancouver

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Clinton Bauder, CA, USA
Report Number 188
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Galapagos, PNG, Cocos, Bonaire, Belize, Revillagigedos, Truk,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
43   to 48    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives usually limited to 50 or 60 minutes depending on location. Depth/Deco
limited only by experience and total runtime.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Rinse tank, large camera table with chargers outside. E6, Light table, 2
TVs inside.
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 $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was a 14 day trip starting in Juneau Alaska and finishing in Vancouver
BC. We dove darn near everything in between. Diversity was the name of the
game. We did reefs, pinnacles, walls, fjords, wrecks, piers, icebergs,
freshwater streams and more. Visibility ranged from 5 feet underneath the
icebergs to over 100 feet. Most of the time it was in the 40 to 50 foot

The sites near Sitka featured by far the most colorful and dense encrusting
life I've ever seen. Truly unbelievable.Some of the other sites were more
drab but nearly all were interesting in their own way. Other highlights
included being scared out of the water by rambunctious Stellar Sea Lions,
an amazing school of moon jellies rivaling or surpassing Palau's Jellyfish
Lake, deep trimix dives on pinnacles that probably have never been seen
before, snorkeling in a Salmon Stream (next year we'll time it right so we
get actual Salmon and not just trout!) and more.

Dive difficulty varied as much as the content. Many of the dives were
perfectly suitable for less experienced divers; assuming they have proper
cold water training. Someone trained in Seattle or Monterey with a few
dozen experience dives would have a good time on this boat. Once-a-year
Caribbean divers maybe not so much. Drysuits are a must. The extra effort
in training and gear is worth it though, as this is truly world class

Note that a trip like this doesn't offer quite as much time underwater as a
warm water trip. My dive buddy and I made 31 dives in 14 days. This is due
a) to the cold and b)  the fact that many dives are controlled by the tides
and the good sites are only diveable at slack, and c) the other activities
offered were fun too such as kayaking, whale watching, cultural tours,
hiking etc.

This was my 4th trip on the boat and it was terrific as usual. How many
other livaboards happily accomodate you when you ask for 4 K bottles each
of He and O2 for tech diving? While at the same time offering great diving
for the  more laid back single tankers?

Of particular note is the dramatic improvement in the food which is now
top-notch. I'll be on the boat again for New Years and Alaska again next
summer. Another plus is that you only have to fly to Vancouver which is a
heckuva lot easier that going to New Guinea!

I've got something like 16 hours of video to sort through so it may be a
bit before my website is updated. Until then I have other pictures and
reports from this boat available now:

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Similarly you can see shots by my dive buddy here:

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