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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Mexico (Western)/Socorro Island

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Colin Earl, BC, Canada (1 report)
Report Number 5296
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
British Columbia, Australia, Cuba
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
24   to 27    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Deco diving unless prior arranged and approved.
No dives exceeding 1 hour.
Must carry SMB and dive alert  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Excellent facilities for Cameras. Designated benches and rinse buckets. All
care was taken to handle cameras with extreme care. Also a large charging
area is also supplied and handy
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
The service and diving we received while aboard the Nautilus Explorer
exceeded our expectations. We had been told by others that the Nautilus was
the live aboard to choose and they were right.

We had Mantas, Hammerheads and dolphins on just about all of the dives. The
Manta activity seemed to follow the sunnier days, luckily we only had few
cloudy days (and that didn't last all day). When the bigger animals were
not around there were plenty of fish, Occys, Eels, Lobsters, Sting Rays and
other life to entertain and pose for photos. We also had plenty of White
Tip, Silver Tip and Galapagos sharks keeping us company. On 2 of the dives
others saw a whale shark but we missed it.

We also had a Tiger Shark come and visit on one dive and we were happy when
it kept it's distance.

All the staff on board and in the booking office could not do enough to
assist us and make sure we were enjoying ourselves. The food was excellent
and plentiful.

The only bad part of our trip was watching the ship leave Cabo for another
trip full of soon to be happy guests and leaving us to head to the airport
to fly home and back to work.

All in all it was a great trip and we now have plenty of memories and
photos to keep us happy for quite a while. We will definitely try our best
to arrange more time with the Nautilus and her crew in the future.
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