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

September, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Marty Giesecke, TX, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6264
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, wider Pacific
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
68   to 70    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The two forty foot deep shark cage dives were scheduled.  Diving in the
surface and fifteen foot cages was unlimited during daylight hours, so long
as there was a hookah rig available.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated two level photo table with one dedicated rinse tank.  Battery
charge station available nearby.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
The trip from the Radisson motel near San Diego's airport to Ensenada,
Mexico took about three hours.  The crossing at the border in Tijuana
involved about one hour of the travel time.  We boarded the Nautilus
Explorer in a marina in Ensenada around 10 p.m. and experienced a
relatively smooth crossing to Isla Guadalupe, arriving the next evening. 
After setting the anchor, we all watched as the dive cages were deployed
for the next morning's dives.  We saw great whites, all about twelve to
sixteen feet long, on all dives but one.  We were lucky as each day of
diving just kept getting better.  One our third and last day, there were as
many as six sharks cruising the cages on each dive.  One the very last dive
of the trip, a California sea lion female showed up at the boat and spent
thirty minutes harassing the three or fours sharks, always in full view of
the cages.  Despite wearing a  mil wetsuit with a 3 mil hooded vest
underneath, the forty minute deep cage dives and the hour-plus fifteen foot
dives left one chilled.  Luckily, the hot tub was fully functional and many
divers used it to rewarm after the dives.  The trip back was quite a bit
rougher (due to a storm front) and a few of the passengers developed motion
sickness.  The return bus trip from Ensenada to San Diego again took about
three hours.  The border crossing into the U.S. was less challenging than
its counterpart.

The crew was professional and attentive.  The food was of good to above
average quality and was always available in adequate quantities.  A
reasonable stock of beers, wines and distilled libations were available. 
Accommodations were clean and the boat was in good repair.

This was truly an amazing trip to see great whites in their native
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