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

April, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Carol D Cox, FL, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"Revillagigedos Islands on the Nautilus Explorer"
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, surge, currents  
Water Temp
73   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back to the boat with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
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  1 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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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  ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
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Photos (work may still be under progress):
 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
  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.   ...
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By mzagachin at Apr 23, 2015 18:10 EST  
Thanks for great report. 
And btw, you photography is fantastic.
Planning on Socorro trip at the end of the year (warmer water, thiner
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