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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Canada/Vancouver Island

Nautilus Explorer, Aug, 2007,

by Jerry Jensen, OR, USA . Report 3511.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Maui, California, Washington, Bonaire, Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Truk
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 50 to 50 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 2 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions come back alive
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales >2
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 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]very large camera table and charging station. the crew was very careful and responsible in handling cameras

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

Accommodations 4 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 After being on this boat for the first time I was surprised that undercurrent has never reported on it in the monthly newsletters and also that few people are aware of the incredible beauty of Vancouver Island. This boat is so popular that you must book at least a year in advance to get a spot. I went by myself and was able to get the dorm room in the bow where we three passengers shared the area with the crew. Very quiet and well ventilated. The food was beyond 5star with quality and quantity. Plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. I flew into Vancouver airport and as luck would have it there were no lines at customs so I just flew through. A $25 taxi ride to the boat got me there about 2 hours before boarding so I just walked around the pretty fishing tourist village and enjoyed the sights. Onto the diving; At 50 degrees a drysuit is the only way to go and still we got cold. All our gear stayed attached to the tanks at out station on the skiff, where we boarded and then were wisked the 10minutes to the dive site. Solo diving ok. We did all famous dive sites at the northern tip of the island, hussar Pt. Aquarium, Seven tree, Browing, Dillon rocks, Nakwakto narrows etc etc. The uw life was more colorful and plenty than any of the warm water destinations that I've been to. My cost for the 6 night trip was $1200. Very resonable for the high energy diving that we received. Again, I was so impressed that I immediatly sighned up for next year(curcumnavigation of Vacouver Island, 9 nights). The only concern might be that the boat goes south to Mexico during the winter and the A/C isn't up to the task.
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