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

January, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5442
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Palau, Yap, Kosrae, GBR, Galapagos,
Vanuatu, all over the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
choppy, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
73   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Deco diving and must use safety sausage at surface. No blue water
diving. Maintain topo reference especially at Roca Partida.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
5 stars  
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  
This trip always has lots of photographers. The downstairs camera table can
get a bit crowded. The transfer of cameras to/from the dive skiff can be a
bit nail-biting. If diving from the Zodiac,  I suggest a back roll with
your camera. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
This is my 3rd trip to the Revillagigedos aboard the Nautilus Explorer. The
attraction is the large pelagics -- mantas and several different species of
sharks. The 24 hour trip from Cabo San Lucas was uneventful. Unfortunately,
so was the first day of diving at San Benedicto Island. No mantas at either
the Boiler or the Canyon. We then spent 2 days at Roca Partida and had some
good shark encounters and lots of schooling jacks. But again, no mantas. We
were not able to go to Socorro Island because the Mexican Navy was
conducting some sort of exercise. I didn't know that Mexico even had a navy
much less that it needed some exercise. A bad break. Due to some expected
large swells we headed back to San Benedicto and had 2 days of awesome
diving with several close encounters with both chevron and large black
mantas. We had to head back to CSL a day early due to predicted bad weather
and therefore, missed a day of diving.

As usual, the great crew of Gordan, Sten, Pedro, Sylvia, etc. did an
awesome job. I am already booked on this trip again for next January.
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