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

Nautilus Explorer, Aug, 2013,

by Dr. MARCUS MERRIN, St. Johns, AG ( 1 report). Report 7263.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was a trip of a lifetime. The entire crew of the Nautilus Explorer, (with the exception of the cook)from the captain to the hostesses all kitted up at some point and dived with us. That says it all really. They are all divers, and they know what makes a dive trip special. I felt like it was my boat. Some folks were a little cold, with only 5mm wetsuits. I don't know how seasonal changes affect that. I'd say definitely 7mm, and two divers opted for dry suits. The whites were awesome, and we were not even really in the height of the season. The kelp forests of Isla Benetos and the sealion colony on Isla Cedros were a photographer's dream.

I had a couple of minor gear failures, and the crew are extremely well equipped with everything you might need. Everything you could wish for was taken care of. The chief engineer even helped me fix a broken camera part, which I'm sure is not in his job description.

It is telling, that of the 18 divers aboard, 6 of them were on their second or even third trip with the Explorer. If I do ANY diving next summer, I will definitely be booking something with these folks.
Websites Nautilus Explorer   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Antigua, Saba, Monsterrat, USA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 51-68°F / 11-20°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Trip included shark cage diving and open water. Dive operators very liberal about dive profiles. Good coverage with chase/pickup boats. SMB mandatory.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

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 The islands visited are basically uninhabited, so if you don't bring it you won't have it. You'll wand good wide angle for the sharks, but long strobe arms will be a pain in the cages and tend to get tangled in the kelp forests.
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