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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer liveaboard in
Canada/Vancouver Island

April, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Nikki Mahan, WA, US
Report Number 13
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
46   to 50    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
one hour; 70 minutes with rebreathers  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
 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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