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Dive Review of Nautilus Belle Amie in
Mexico (Western)/Isla Guadalupe

Nautilus Belle Amie: "FINS TO THE LEFT, RIGHT, UP, AND DOWN (with apoligies to Jimmy Buffett", Aug, 2015,

by Ken Kurtis, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8533.

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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 5 stars
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Comments If youíve ever had a yearning to dive with Great White Sharks, there are a couple of places in the world where you can do so, but Guadalupe Island (or more correctly, Isla Guadalupe) probably is the king of the heap. And that brings up one of the issues with going here. Like trips to Cocos and Socorro, it involves a long open-ocean crossing to get from Ensenada (the port of embarkation) out to Guadalupe, some 200 miles south, well offshore of the Baja Peninsula. So you need a good boat to get there. There are half a dozen boats that run to Guadalupe and we were on the newest of the bunch, the Nautilus Belle Amie (sister shop of the Nautilus Explorer).

In a word, the boat is fabulous. (So is the crew. More on them later.) Belle Amie is probably the nicest dive boat Iíve ever been on. First of all, itís huge. 150 feet long and almost 35 feet wide. There are four functional decks. The lower deck has the standard staterooms and crew quarters. The main deck is the dive deck, galley & dining area, salon, and two super-duper staterooms. The second deck has six superior staterooms, and the upper deck is a sundeck with a bar, Jacuzzi, deck chairs, and plenty of space to hang out. With 26 passengers and 11 crew, it never felt crowded.

It takes about 20 hours (depending on the seas) to get there. First you get to San Diego. Once there, we went to the Ramada Inn on Rosecrans near the airport as thatís the departure point for the trip. If you drive, you can leave your car at the Ramada for $10/day. We checked in with their DM, stashed our bags in a common room, and got something to eat. Around 7PM, you board the chartered bus and head south for Ensenada.

The border crossing is a bit of a pain as you not only have to get off the bus, but also have to get all your luggage off the bus. You fill out a Mexican Immigration form, then take your bags through Customs, play red light/green light, carry your bags back to the bus, and off you go. Overall, it took about three hours to get to ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving I dive all over the world on a regular basis (please don't hate me).
Closest Airport San Diego Getting There Bus down to Ensenada from SD

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 71-71°F / 22-22°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-150 Ft/ 18-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions You're in a cage, so N/A.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Excellent photo table. Lots of space and pretty much everyone had their own individual area, including charging outlets. [NOTE ABOUT "SUBJECT ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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