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

January, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6036
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean; GBR, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, Galapagos,
Yap, Palau, Truk Lagoon, Kosrae, North Sulawesi.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
70   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes; 100 feet if diving Nitrox; no deco  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 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  
NE has a camera table and charging station on the dive deck. It has
tendency to get a bit congested with divers and their ginormous camera
rigs. 2 large dedicated camera rinse tanks
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
This was my 4th trip on the NE to the Revillagigedos and probably the best
one that I have had.

After about a 24 hour voyage from Cabo San Lucas, the first dive site is
the Canyon at San Benedicto Island. Here we encountered an occasional
hammerhead shark and a couple of manta rays. Due to the volcanic pumice
drifting into the water, the viz isn't the best at this site. The next day,
we dived the Boiler on the West side of the island. Here we had several
awesome close encounters with several manta rays. Large schools of
cottonmouth jacks and bigeye trevally. 2 days are spent at SBI.

The next 2 days are at Roca Partida Island, which is actually more like a
seamount. One can circumnavigate this site easily during a dive. Here the
main attraction is sharks -- whitetips, Galapagos, silvertips. Lots and
lots of sharks. The highlight at this dive site was a close encounter with
a juvenile whale shark -- maybe about 20' long. It just kept swimming
around the seamount and wasn't bugged by all the divers, bubbles and

The last 2 days were spent at Socorro Island. At Cabo Pierce, we had close
encounters with manta rays, dolphins and a school of hammerheads. At Punta
Tosca, more manta rays.

The NE is a very comfortable boat with a good crew and great food. I am
doing this trip again (5th time) in Jan, 2012.

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