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Dive Review of Nautilus Belle Ami in
Mexico (Western)/Islas Revillagigedos

Nautilus Belle Ami: "It's always exciting at Islas revillagigedos (Socorro)!", Mar, 2018,

by Steven Cohen, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10630 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 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Nautilus Belle Ami is one of the nicest liveaboards I have been on (more than 50 of them!) I elected a single cabin (modest upcharge compared to other operators) the Nautilus suite. Large king bed, AC, private bathroom, large cabin windows. I had some issues with the AC (which have subsequently been resolved) and they had to replace my toilet during the trip. The food was generally very good especially breakfast and lunch. Dinners were a little uneven. I found the dinners to be salty, but after I mentioned it to the staff, they resolved that problem for me. The staff, from stewards and stewardesses to crew to dive masters to captain are all top notch. I have found this to be true on all of my Nautilus trips (10 to date).
We dove 3 main areas: San Benedicto: viz varied from excellent to 25 feet. This is a volcanic island and there is a lot of ash on the bottom. If a storm comes through, or heavy wave action, the bottom gets stirred up and viz goes to crap. We saw giant Mantas on every dive here, dolphins, & 3 tiger sharks deep. We moved over to Socorro for one day where we encountered heavy current but not much else. We then went to Roca Partida where we had schools of Galapagos sharks, hammerheads, lots of white tips, and 2 whale sharks. The whale sharks hung around for all 4 dives. I also found mating octopus on the wall. After the excitement at Roca, we returned to San Ben where unfortunately the viz deteriorated but we still had good encounters with mantas and sharks.
Websites Nautilus Belle Ami   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Galapagos, Cocos, Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Maldives, Guadelupe, Mexico, Islas Revillagigedos
Closest Airport SJD Getting There Fly to Los Cabos, Mexico. boat departs from there

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas currents
Water Temp 75-77°F / 24-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 25-100 Ft/ 8-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large camera tables with plenty of space. Lots of charging stations available. I was never crowded. It seems the days of the huge camera rigs are over. we had a few big setups (mine included) but mostly point and shoots and GoPros.
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