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

June, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by James K Harris, TX, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
"Nautilus Belle Amie - Socorro Islands...great diving"
Report Number 8303 has 1 Helpful vote
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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

sunny, dry  
no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
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Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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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 ...
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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4 stars  

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Value for $$
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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 ...
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