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Dive Review of Nautilus in
Mexico (Western)/Ostensibly to Socorro

Nautilus: "Nautilus Belle Amie", Nov, 2015,

by Patrick Ryan, CO, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 8558.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving New Zealand, Fiji, Honduras, Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Belize, Honduras, Malawi, Cozumel, Baja, Bahamas
Closest Airport Cabo San Lucas Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 60 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments [None]The best dive boat setup I have ever encountered. Raised platform on the dive deck with rubber matting for housings and multiple raised power out ... 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 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments [None]The Nautilus Belle Amie is a beautiful stable vessel. Diving is from rigid hulled inflatables. Food and service was quite phenomenal.

We were supposed to go to Socorro but Hurricane Bianca put paid to that. The earliest ever second hurricane of the season, Bianca stopped us making it to Socorro. We did however get to Isla Benedito where we did a number of dives. Our first on El Fondeadero was total crap. It was cold, we swam a long way and saw nothing. The second and third on El Canon were marginally better but there was little to see.

The next day we did three dives at the Boiler, no more than a mile or two away from the previous day's dives. What a difference a day makes. We had good viz, the water was warmer and we were surrounded by giant mantas - one well over 20 feet across the "wings". We also had the company of dolphins, the occasional large ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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