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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Mexico (Western)

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by DAVID SHEMTOV, LONDON, GB
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5411
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, French Polynesia, Maldives, Cocos, Malpelo, Myanmar, Thailand, Red
Sea, Mediterranean, Norway, Carribbean, Truk, Indonesia, UK...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
23   to 26    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Pretty relaxed, but no deco. Availability of 10L steel tanks [at $36 extra
for the trip] allowed for longer dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Setup is excellent, however visibility and sightings disappointing.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
We were lucky in so far that the ban on visiting Socorro imposed by the
Mexican Navy was lifted on the 15th of March, enabling us to dive the
waters off that island.  The previous several charters were restricted to
San Benedicto and when conditions allowed, Roca Partida.  

Unfortunately, I found visibility and the limited sightings of mantas,
sharks and dolphins disappointing.  The best dives took place in Roca
Partida.  Due to anticipated conditions, we were able to dive that site
only one day.  I had one dive where a single manta made a close, majestic
pass and a couple where dolphins interacted with us for a few minutes, but
that was it in terms of diving.  Yes, there were the grey tips, white tips,
a few gallapagos sharks, a sad turtle that was harrassed by one of the
divers, eels, jacks, tuna, etc.  Some of us saw a couple of distant
hammerheads. Still, many dives were very poor with little to see through
the murk.  These, like me, expecting a Darwin/Wolf or Cocos experience were
disappointed.  The crew was clearly trying hard, but certain things were
beyond their control.  

One time we could forfeit a dive and join five others on a 2 hour zodiac
ride in search of humpback whales.  We were allowed to go into the water
with them and almost all of us had an opportunity see them while
snorkelling.  Visibility was poor.  Conscious of the 2007 incident in the
Silver Banks where a snorkeller was injured by an ascending whale, we were
discouraged from remaining in the water when the whales rose.  This, and
poor visibility, made the encounters less satisfying for me than I had in
Rurutu, French Polynesia, a few years ago.

Mike Lever, the owner, was not on board.  This did not translate to any
fall-off in service standards.  If anything, I found the crew enthusiastic
and helpful.  I don't think they could have done more for us.  
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