Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

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

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (62 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6445
Subscribers: Submit Your Reader Report Here
Subscribe Now Questions?
Subscribers can send this reviewer an email directly from here.
Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean; PNG, GBR, Micronesia, Philippines, Solomon Islands,
Indonesia, Galapagos, Fiji, Socorro, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
70   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco; 60 minute dives; no night diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
3 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
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The mantas and sharks are awesome subjects for both video and photos; crew
handle cameras efficiently and with care. Camera table needs to be
enlarged; continually moving gear around to find a bit of space.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
This was my 5th trip to the Revillagigedos Archipelago (RA) aboard the
Nautilus Explorer. This trip began a bit dicey. One of the diesel engines
was in need of repair, and the boat was having some difficulty getting the
necessary parts. So the 1st day of the trip we did a couple of dives in
local waters about Cabo San Lucas. It was cold and dark -- not an uplifting
experience. Normally the 1st day is spent motoring down to San Benedicto
Island. Fortunately, the engine was repaired by the next morning and we
headed out. We lost one day of diving at RA.

We spent a day diving at the Boiler at San Benedicto Island (SBI). This is
an awesome location for Mantas. We encountered several on most dives
including large, black mantas. The water seemed a bit colder this year, and
the visibility has been better on past trips. The next day was spent at
Socorro Island with 3 dives at Cabo Pearce; for some reason we didn't get
to Punta Tosca. More close manta encounters and a brief encounter with
dolphins; lots of octopus. The Viz was so-so.

The next 2 days were spent at Roca Partida, which is known for its shark
encounters -- hammerheads, silvertips, whitetips, Galapagos, dusky, silky.
The Viz was much better at this location. 8 dives at this location is more
than enough; I would have preferred one day here and more time at SBI or
Socorro especially since we lost a day of diving at RA.

The last dive day was spent back at SBI. We attempted to dive the Canyon
dive site but the current was too strong. So we enjoyed the mantas at the
Boiler for a second day. Very nice.

Since this was my 5th trip on this boat to the RA, I am obviously please
with the service and the diving. However, as noted above, the camera table
needs to be expanded, and I thought the food did not have the variety as
past trips. In addition, there has been no response to inquiries regarding
any compensation for the lost day of diving at RA.

Nevertheless, I will probably make a 6th trip to the RA on the NE.
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 265 dive reviews of Mexico (Western) and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

Other dive reports on Nautilus Explorer

All Mexico (Western) Dive Reviews and Reports
Diving Guide to Mexico (Western)
Diving Reviews for All Dive Destinations

Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Reef & Rainforest, Let our experience be your guide -- Reef and Rainforest
Reef & Rainforest
is an agency for travelers that like to scuba dive. Let us plan your trip to view great white sharks & giant mantas in Western Mexico.

Want to assemble your own collection of Mexico (Western) reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Want to get more articles like these and
other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email?
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get our free monthly Online Update, and a sample issue!

NEW! Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2016 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.