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

Nautilus Explorer, Jan, 2010,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 65 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 5442.

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

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 73 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No Deco diving and must use safety sausage at surface. No blue water diving. Maintain topo reference especially at Roca Partida.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters N/A 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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