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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer/Nautilus Belle Amie in
Mexico (Western)/Socorro Islands

Nautilus Explorer/Nautilus Belle Amie: "Nautilus Belle Amie - Socorro Islands...great diving", Jun, 2015,

by James K Harris, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8303 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Galapagos, Caymans, Belize, Bahamas, Texas Flower Gardens, Hawaii, Cozumel, Guadalupe Island
Closest Airport Cabo San Lucas Getting There Direct flight from DFW

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas no currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions You could follow the divemaster around or you could do your own thing. The only requirement was to limit dives to 60 minutes and stay out of the blue. Buddies werent required. The divemaster would surface around 45 minutes to be the first on the skiff to help the divers get back onboard.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments On the Belle Amie there's an ungodly amount of camera table space - probably enough room for 50+ cameras. Lots of outlets spread all over the multi-level tables.

Skiffs weren't set up t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments This is a new boat but wasn't quite finished in time for the June 1 trip. The two hot tubs and the nitrox equipment had been held up in Mexican Customs for the previous 5 months. This info wasn't available until a couple of months before departure but the company offered a 40% discount on a future trip for failing to deliver "perfection".

Nitrox wasn't really needed with the dive schedule and depths. And it was warm at Socorro so I don't know that anyone would have used the hot tubs.

Diving was from rigid hull inflatables. Tanks and fins were kept onboard so you only had to get on and off the Belle Amie with your wetsuit and mask. Our trip had 22 divers so we were divided 7-7-8 among the three boats. The divemaster would help you into your gear at the site and then you'd backroll in as a group. The skiff driver would stay in the area for pickup. The boats had nice ladders to make it easy to get back onboard after letting them take your tank and fins.

The four divemasters they had were all excellent (Nelson, Jesse, Frankie, Enrique). No complaints at all with them.

They offered 80 cu.ft. aluminum tanks as standard or offered 80 cu.ft. steel tanks for about $36 for the week and also had some steel 100 cu.ft. tanks. Since we didnt have nitrox available I dont know how theyd do nitrox analysis of each tank since they were kept on the skiffs which were rising and falling as the mothersh ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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