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

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6445
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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.
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