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Dive Review of Nautilu Belle Amie in
Mexico (Western)/Guadelupe Island

Nautilu Belle Amie: "Great Encounters with Great Whites!", Nov, 2018,

by Steven Cohen, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10633 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My 11th Nautilus trip and everything about the boat was exceptional. I booked a single cabin on the lower deck and had plenty of room. Private bathroom, individual climate control, comfortable bed. Entire crew fantastic as always. They go out of their way to make sure everybody is taken care of, has a good time, and has quality encounters. There are 3 submersible cages (to 30 feet) that each accommodate 3 divers and a DM. There are 2 larger surface cages that accommodate 5 or 6 people at a time. Everyone has at least 3 submersible cage experiences scheduled /day but it is not required attendance. If a cage has only 2 divers, you can get in as a 3rd. I actually found that on calm wind days, the surface cages were preferable- the light was much better for videography, the action was closer, and the water was slightly warmer!
Bags of chum are hung over the side of the boat to attract the big guys. At the surface, 2 crew members (1 port, 1 starboard) do "shark wrangling" where they throw large tuna steaks attached to rope onto the surface. They then try to entice the sharks to get the bait. Watching these 12-15 foot sharks going after the bait makes for some great video and photo encounters. I know it's not natural, but its still hi power electric activity. Even watching the activity from the boat, you get excited and especially when one the whites breeches! This was my 3rd trip to Guadelupe and I will go back again.
Websites Nautilu Belle Amie   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Galapagos, Cocos, Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Maldives, Guadelupe, Mexico, Islas Revillagigedos
Closest Airport San Diego, California Getting There Fly to San Diego. Nautilus has hospitality suite at local hotel. At approx 19:30 board luxury motor coach for Ensenada, Mexico. Arrive around 23:00

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 75-76°F / 24-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30-150 Ft/ 9-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Cage diving only
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Lots of room on camera tables on deck. Lots of charging stations.
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By Ellen Marie Smith in MN, US at Nov 09, 2018 21:29 EST  
On my bucket list! Thanks for your description.
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