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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Mexico (Western)/Guadalupe Island

Nautilus Explorer, Aug, 2012,

by Dr Stephen W Carmichael, MN, US ( 2 reports). Report 6682.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 67 to 68 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions We were in cages with hookas (not tanks).
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Almost everybody had a camera, either for above water and/or UW.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We were well prepared for this trip to Guadalupe Island to go cage diving with great white sharks. We saw at least one shark on every dive, 4 dives/day for 3 days. It was thrilling, but never felt dangerous. The crew was fantastic. They told us how everything would operate, then went right on schedule for the 3 days. The safety briefing was thorough and impressive. The 20 hour crossing from Ensenada was a bit rough, but we were told to expect that. The water was cold, as advertised, but we had 5mm wet suits with heated vests and were fine. Spending time in the hot tub after a 45 minute dive was very popular.
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