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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez

Nautilus Explorer, Nov, 2007,

by Brian Morrow, GA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 4343.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Turks and Caicos, Bora Bora, Solomon Islands, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Pretty much let us do our own profiles
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Crew took good care of cameras when handing them to you in the dive tenders. Rinse tank, camera table and charging stations all adequate.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Two highlights of the trip were diving with the sea lions and we also had a 45 minute snorkel encounter with whale sharks on the way back to the dock. Nice boat although a little cramped topside when you have a full complement of divers. Rooms were very good compared to other liveaboards. Diving is out of skiffs. Diving on the Sea of Cortez trip is not all that varied so things get a little boring after a few days....but, there were the highlights noted above. Bus trip to and from Cabo to La Paz is long but stories of difficulties in flying out of La Paz made the trip necessary.
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