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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Canada/Vancouver Island

Nautilus Explorer, Apr, 2002,

by nikki Mahan, Wa, USA . Report 14.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving everywhere
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas surge, currents
Water Temp 46 to 51 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 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 We did an exploratory trip to the Hakai Pass area; most of the dives were very good. We were buzzed by a huge steller sea lion at about 60 feet, cool! Browning Wall was the most spectacular area as always with incredible red, purple and hot pink soft corals and of course the Irish Lords, decorator crabs, warbonnets, grunt sculpins. The 6 wolf eels at Dillon Rock are amazing. Many huge octos were out playing. The dive off Nakwato Island with the 20 knot current, to see the longnecked goose barnacles, is always great. This is truly some of the best diving in the world.
Mike and Mary Ann Lever have one of the best liveaboard operations I've been on. Mike's dive briefings and knowledge of the dive sites is the best. The boat is very comfortable and accomodating. I have to mention Jud and Carrie as two of my favorite all time crew members.
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