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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Mexico (Western)/Revillagigedo Islands

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Gene Huff, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 5110
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Christmas Island, Fiji, Indonesia, numerous Caribbean, California,
Hawaii, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
73   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Do your own dive, but no decompression.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Two large tables and a large rinse tub dedicated to cameras. Some power
plugs available.  
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    
1 stars   
5 stars    
The Nautilus Explorer is a great boat with a large and inviting lounge and
dining area, hot tub, and sun deck.  There are three levels of
accomodations and we stayed in a comfortable mid-level stateroom with
private bath and two beds.  There is A/C but we needed our fans too.  Food
was generous and ranged from passable to very good, although our chef was
on his way out.  They have computers and a large-screen TV in the lounge
area as well as a small bar stocked with 30+ types of beer.  Wine and beer
were reasonable.

Diving is mostly done from an aluminum skiff or an inflatable.  Each has
its own advantages.  We did do a few dives directly off the boat.  We hit
San Benedicto, Roca Partida and Socorro Islands.  Nitrox 32 is availble as
well as steel tanks.  No night dives, but they do have one night of
snorkeling with the silkies off the back of the boat for those who are
brave enough.  Each day we did 3 or 4 dives.

A typical dive was loading into the skiff and a short motor to the drop
point where you backroll or giant stride off.  Diving is done without a
guide and sometimes in strong currents so this is not for new or casual
divers.  Most of the guests were from the US with a couple of Canadians and
a Brit thrown in.

From Cabo it is 24 hours plus to the islands so there is quite a bit of
down time.  Bring a book or two.  The crew does the briefing and safety
drill during the crossing and did a good job of setting expectations.  They
will provide sausages if needed.  Both the dive and boat crew were great on
our trip, taking care of our needs on the boat and providing quick pick-ups
after each dive.

The manta diving was simply outstanding.  Over five days of diving we did
18 dives and had mantas on over half.  On several dives we had multiple
mantas almost the entire hour we were down.  The Explorer encourages
interaction if initiated by the mantas and I literally rubbed the skin off
my fingertips from the manta encounters.  Roca Partida had a cleaning
station where we found Galapagos and silvertip sharks at the beginning of
every dive.  Groups of sleeping whitetips on ledges were also a
photographic treat.

Several guests on our trip were there for the second or third time and had
not experienced anything close to the number and duration of manta
encounters on previous trips.  But, the hammerheads were not so plentiful
on our trip.  I'd go back in a hearbeat and highly recommend the Explorer
for experienced divers looking for the best boat serving the Socorros.
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