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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Mexico (Western)/REVILLAGIGEDO INLANDS

Nautilus Explorer, Feb, 2005,

by Jerry Tuttle, Az, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 2055.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia PNG Solomons Fiji Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 72 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Common Sense
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Good area to set up gear and good facilities for reviewing video and digital photos

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This trip met all my expectations--Sharks(hammerheads, galapagos, silky and reef white tips), whales and what makes this a once in a lifetime trip-- the giant mantas. We were not disappointed. They appeared on nearly every dive. Most were friendly and curious, as if they wanted to interact with us. We did, of course, and they rewarded us with the experience of a lifetime.
Boat and crew are among the best I have had the good fortune to travel as a diver. Food was generally very good. Boat has nice wine selection and a large selection of microbrews.
Only negative is the 24 hour steam from La Paz and return to Cabo San Lucas. We had great weather both ways, but with rough seas the passage would not be pleasant.
Our trip was scheduled to leave from Cabo San Lucas, but because of a turf war between the Nautilus Explorer and the owner of the other boat with access to this group of islands ( the Solomar) we were forced to leave from La Paz. The crew handled this change well and made this merely an inconvenience.
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