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

Nautilus Explorer, Jan, 2011,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 64 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 6036.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 70 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes; 100 feet if diving Nitrox; no deco
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 strobes.

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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