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Dive Review of Nautilus Belle Amie in
Mexico (Western)/Isla Guadalupe

August, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Kurtis, CA, US
Reviewer   (3 reports)
"FINS TO THE LEFT, RIGHT, UP, AND DOWN (with apoligies to Jimmy Buffett"
Report Number 8533
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
I dive all over the world on a regular basis (please don't hate me).
Closest Airport
San Diego
Getting There
Bus down to Ensenada from SD

Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
71   to 71    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
You're in a cage, so N/A.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Excellent photo table. Lots of space and pretty much everyone had their own
individual area, including charging outlets. [NOTE ABOUT "SUBJECT 
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5 stars
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If youve ever had a yearning to dive with Great White Sharks, there are a
couple of places in the world where you can do so, but Guadalupe Island (or
more correctly, Isla Guadalupe)  probably is the king of the heap. And that
brings up one of the issues with going here. Like trips to Cocos and
Socorro, it involves a long open-ocean crossing to get from Ensenada (the
port of embarkation) out to Guadalupe, some 200 miles south, well offshore
of the Baja Peninsula. So you need a good boat to get there. There are half
a dozen boats that run to Guadalupe and we were on the newest of the bunch,
the Nautilus Belle Amie (sister shop of the Nautilus Explorer).

In a word, the boat is fabulous. (So is the crew. More on them later.)
Belle Amie is probably the nicest dive boat Ive ever been on. First of
all, its huge. 150 feet long and almost 35 feet wide. There are four
functional decks. The lower deck has the standard staterooms and crew
quarters.  The main deck is the dive deck, galley & dining area, salon,
and two super-duper staterooms. The second deck has six superior
staterooms, and the upper deck is a sundeck with a bar, Jacuzzi, deck
chairs, and plenty of space to hang out. With 26 passengers and 11 crew, it
never felt crowded.
It takes about 20 hours (depending on the seas) to get there. First you get
to San Diego. Once there, we went to the Ramada Inn on Rosecrans near the
airport as thats the departure point for the trip. If you drive, you can
leave your car at the Ramada for $10/day. We checked in with their DM,
stashed our bags in a common room, and got something to eat. Around 7PM,
you board the chartered bus and head south for Ensenada.

The border crossing is a bit of a pain as you not only have to get off the
bus, but also have to get all your luggage off the bus. You fill out a
Mexican Immigration form, then take your bags through Customs, play red
light/green light, carry your bags back to the bus, and off you go.
Overall, it took about three hours to get to  ...
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