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

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, USA
Top Contributor   (62 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4632
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau,Yap, Truk, Solomon Islands, Coral Sea, Galapagos, Fiji, Vanuatu, all
over the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
74   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving; no longer than 1 hour dives; no night dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 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  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The Nautilus Explorer has a decent sized camera table with adequate battery
charging capabilities. No compressed air for drying housings.
Unfortunately, the camera table is very near to the designated smoking
area. Cough, Cough.

Most of the diving is from inflatables; one had to be diligent and
aggressive to be sure that his/her camera was loaded on the rubber boat. 

To minimize the handling of camera gear and due to the dive conditions, it
is recommended that you hold on to your camera while doing back rolls from
the inflatables.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
Up until less than a week before embarking, the information that I had
received from NE was that we would be leaving from the marina in San Jose
Del Cabo. Luckily, I happened to peruse the online NE newsletter to learn
that the boat was actually leaving from Cabo San Lucas. This required the
canceling and booking of hotels. NE should have done a better job in
letting us know what was going on. Double check this before you depart.

It is about a 26-28 hour boat ride out to/from San Benedicto Island so
bring something to read and your Bonine if prone to seasickness. We had
flat seas this trip.

The diving at the Boiler at SBI was superb with a great manta encounter.
Unfortunately, due to conditions, we only did 2 dives here. The rest of the
dives at SBI were at the Canyon. The viz was low. Did manage about 90
seconds with a school of hammerheads (about 15 sharks).

Next, we dived at Socorro Island for 2 days; had a great manta encounter
and also a fantastic encounter with about 5 dolphins. SI had rather low viz
and a steady current.

The last 2 dive days were spent at Roca Partida, an interesting looking
seamount. The viz was over 100' with little current. We had great manta
encounters; one for over 20 minutes.
Also, many sharks -- whitetips, silvertips, Galapagos and hammerheads. Lots
of eels, too.
Also, had another dolphin encounter. Lots of whale sightings at the

The diving in the Revillagigedos can be challenging but it's well worth

The NE is a very comfortable boat. We had an upper-deck suite which was
plenty spacious. This was my 3rd time on this boat. It seemed to me that
the food, although plentiful and tasty, was not as good as my previous
trips. The crew were all very helpful and friendly; also very knowledgeable
re: the marine life and dive sights.

When we disembarked, Mike Lever, the owner, came on board. It was too bad
that he didn't take the time to meet and greet us; thank us for our
business. Not good customer relations. Nevertheless, I would still dive on
this boat again.
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