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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Mexico (Western)/Guadalupe Island

Nautilus Explorer: "Shredder, Ropey and so much more!", Oct, 2018,

by Eric Eckes, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 10747.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Malaysia, Philippines, Truk Lagoon, Palau, Yap, Mexico, Galapagos, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Red Sea, Cocos Island, Cuba, So Cal Local, Canada, Tonga, Mexico
Closest Airport Tijuana, MX Getting There We drove from Southern California down to San Diego where we hopped on a bus bound for Ensenada. There we boarded the beautiful Nautilus Belle Amie.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 71 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 100 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We were restricted to cages of two types: 2 surface cages available at any time and 3 24' submerged cages according to a preset schedule.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The Nautilus Belle Amie has a spacious area on the dive deck dedicated to underwater photographers. There is plenty of electrical power and there are dedicated camera rinse tanks. ... 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 5 stars
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Comments First a shameless plus for Ed Stetson and the Historical Diving Society (HDS). Ed runs several dive trips each year including one or two great white shark trips to Guadalupe Island where Ed generously donates the profits to the HDS. I serve as both director and officer of the HDS and this was my first trip to Guadalupe Island.

Our adventure began in a San Diego hotel where all divers met and boarded a special shark themed bus name "Shredder". Shredder took us south of the border to Ensenada where our dive boat awaited. The benefit of traveling this way allows divers to bring any/all luggage/camera gear/etc. with the one caveat that you must personally haul it across the U.S./Mexico border. Having made the border crossing we settled into our seats where we were entertained by the movie "Jaws" as we headed south.

Our dive boat waiting for us in Ensenada was the amazing Nautilus Bellie Amie. It is very spacious holding 32 divers although we never felt crowded. My wife and I had booked the Emerald suite which is one of the larger rooms on the boat. We boarded late at night and then began the 20 hour ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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