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Dive Review of Nautilus Belle Amie in
Mexico (Western)/Socorro Islands

Nautilus Belle Amie: "Pleasant trip with everything expected except a whale shark", Dec, 2019,

by James K Harris, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 22 Helpful votes). Report 11384 has 5 Helpful votes.

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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
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Snorkeling 4 stars
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments This was my 4th trip to Socorro on the Belle Amie but the first for this time of year. I went for the “warmest waters of the year” but found it was it was about one degree (F) warmer at San Benedicto (78-79) but 2-3 degrees (F) cooler at Roca Partida (75-76) than my trip there July 2018. It was 77-78 at Socorro Island but I can’t compare to July 2018 since we skipped Socorro that trip due to storms. I was glad to have my 5mm.

The air temperature was definitely the most pleasant of my trips (May, June, July, now December) being sunny to a little cloudy most days and an air temp in the high 70’s to low 80’s.

The seas weren't as smooth as summer trips so some people were a little queasy throughout the trip.

I was looking forward to doing some dives in the southern Sea of Cortez as we had on previous trips after being told last year that I wouldn’t recognize it in December (in a positive way) compared to early summer months (cold, low vis). But due to the ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Socorro (4x), Palau, Cocos (2x), TX Flower Gardens (15x), Hawaii, Bahamas, Caymans (2x), Belize, Cozumel, Tiger Beach (2x)
Closest Airport Los Cabos Intl (SJD) Getting There DFW to SJD nonstop on American, $25 shuttle from the airport to the Tesoro Hotel via Terramar Transfers (pre-booked)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 75-79°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 75-75 Ft/ 23-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 min max, 130' depth, buddy not required, not required to stay with a group
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Plenty of charging tables and area to work on cameras, huge rinse tank, only concern is that after returning to the skiff at the end of the dive the cameras are ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Gregory S Bruce in WA, US at Dec 24, 2019 13:04 EST  
Great report- Thanks for posting!
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