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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer liveaboard in
Canada/Vancouver Island

Nautilus Explorer liveaboard, Apr, 2002,

by Nikki Mahan, WA, US . Report 13.

Reporter and Travel

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

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 46 to 50 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions one hour; 70 minutes with rebreathers
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 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 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Malpelo was outstanding. We had over 500 silkies checking us out on one of our safety stops. Moray eels are everywhere, sometimes 3 or 4 in one hole. We saw eagle rays, a few hammerheads and many other fish. The currents are very strong. Malpelo is not for a timid, out of shape diver.
Cocos Island was beautiful. We were there 2 years ago and didn't see nearly the same number of hammerheads this time. Black October took it's toll at Cocos. We saw a manta ray, sailfish, many huge white tips, octos and 20 or 30 hammerheads on any given dive. Eagle and marble rays are everywhere. The currents are not as strong as Malpelo, but are still right up there.
The crew on the Sea Hunter couldn't be better.
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