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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Canada/Vancouver Island

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry Jensen, OR, USA
Report Number 3511
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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

Water Temp
50   to 50    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
2   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
come back alive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
[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):
4 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    
 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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