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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Mexico (Western)/Guadelupe

August, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas C. Spencer, CA, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 6645
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Pacific/Carribean/South America/Channel Islands
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
62   to 65    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
65   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Cage Diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera table set up near entrance to cage
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
I have been looking at trying the live aboard Natilus Explorer for some
time.  I haven't dived cold water for awhile.  7MM for the great white trip
to Guadelup is a must.

I went with a Superior Suite and thought it great.  It had a DVD TV and
queen bed.

We had 22 people on board.  I went solo and thought the folks I met on
board were great.

The drill with this itinerary is straight forward.  1 day boat trip to
island, 4 cages lowered, 2 at 30 feet, 1 at 15 feet, and 1 at 5 feet.  You
breath through an air hose/hooka from the boat.  

You dive up to 4 times per day in the 30 foot cage and/or use the surface
and 15 foot cage all you want.  

1st dive saw only the glimpse of one.  All of the following dives, we saw
multiple great whites up to 5 during one dive.  An enterprising sea lion
'played' with these guys all day on the last day.  Opporutnities for photos
were amazing.  You are diving 400 yards from Guadelup, but you are in the
'big blue.'  

Crew was very hard working and aims to please.  In fact they were wonderful
and informative.  The food was great and more than I could/should eat.

Trip started in San Diego Ramada for a 2 hour trip to Ensenada.  I felt
safe the entire time.

Great once in a life time experience.  
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