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

Nautilus Explorer: "Revillagigedos Islands on the Nautilus Explorer", Apr, 2015,

by Carol D Cox, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8182 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida, Turkey, Palau, Truk
Closest Airport San Jose del Cabo Getting There Via Atlanta

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 73 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Back to the boat with 500 psi
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The one rinse bin could barely hold my husband's wide-angle rig so he usually waited until everyone else was done rinsing their gear. Camera table was just big enough if ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Photos (work may still be under progress): http://www.pbase.com/carol202/revillagigedos
My group of 8 booked a trip 2 years in advance. The boat sold out which is the norm since the number of dive boats allowed in the islands is limited by the Mexican government.
We were instructed to meet our boat at the API dock but it wasnt there. The main dock was under repairs from the hurricane in September but we were not notified. We happened on the right location by accident when we saw people standing by a gate with dive bags. The boat was moored in the bay, and we were shuttled to it in the RIBs.
Our room was great with plenty of storage space below the two beds. We had a small water closet with sink and toilet, and a separate shower. There were lots of hooks for hanging towels and swimsuits. The bedding was crisp white duvets; the mattress was a bit firm but after diving all day it didnt seem to matter.
Food on board is very good and they accommodate special requests such as gluten-free or vegetarian. I woke up to the aroma of baking bread the breads, desserts, and cookies were fantastic. There was a continental and a hot breakfast each morning. Lunch was buffet style and included large casseroles, tacos, and sandwiches. Dinner was usually served family style with large platters of veggies, grilled salmon, steaks, burgers, stir fry, lasagna, and more.
As we departed Cabo Lucas, we were treated with sightings of sea lions and a great view of El Arco. We were served breakfast before attending the safety briefings. We had the rest of the day to unpack, assemble gear, and get to know the other guests. During the intros, it seemed we had a lot of new crew but my initial worries were proven unfounded. The head divemaster, Liz, did a great job of keeping operations running smoothly, with only a few small hiccups here and there. Julian proved to be an experienced dive guide. Ryan was a bit fresh but he was quickly learning the ropes. Our fellow guests were from Great Britain, Canada, Russia, France, and the US. Liz proved her value even more by speaking fluent French.
Our trip started with relatively calm waters and partly cloudy skies. Even so, I was glad I had my SCOP patch to counteract the effect of the long swells. It took 25 hours to get to San Benedicto. We were welcomed with humpback whales spouting and breaching. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By MICHAEL ZAGACHIN in MA, US at Apr 23, 2015 18:10 EST  
Carol, Thanks for great report. And btw, you photography is fantastic. Planning on Socorro trip at the end of the year (warmer water, thiner wetsuit) Michael
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