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

Nautilus Explorer/Belle Amie: "Great Whites on the Nautilus Belle Amie", Aug, 2016,

by Ryan DeSpain, TX, US ( 1 report). Report 9182.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 I really don't have a bad thing to say about the the Belle Amie or her crew. Everything from service, food, diving and the ship itself was top notch. For those that don't know, the trip to Guadalupe Island is not a typical dive trip as it is limited diving in cages with surface supplied air. I was a little unsure about how enjoyable that could be prior to the trip. Once the Great Whites started showing up any doubts about it where gone.

About the only thing I wish i had done was bring my drysuit. If you are shooting for hours a day the cool water really starts to take it's toll. I am not someone who gets cold easy but the 5mm w/hooded vest was definitely leaving me with a chill by the end of the trip.

It should also be noted that while at the Island you are protected and the seas are were very calm. However the crossing is where you hope for some luck. Fortunately for us we had relatively calm crossing both directions.
Websites Nautilus Explorer   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Tahiti, Bonaire, Okinawa, Cozumel, Bahamas, California, Flower Gardens, Sea of Cortez, Florida, etc.....
Closest Airport San Diego Getting There Fly into San Diego then a bus transfer to the Belle Amie in Ensenada, MX.

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 72-72°F / 22-22°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions This trip is cage diving only. There are 2 surface cages(no diving cert. required)which have no time limit. Certification is required for the subsurface cages which are lowered to ~30 feet which are cycled at one hour intervals.
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 N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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 I really don't have enough good to say about the Belle Amie. Pleanty of outlets for charging and plenty of table space. The crew did a great job keeping drinks and food off of the tables.
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