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

Nautilus Explorer/Nautilus Belle Amie: "One great afternoon.", Sep, 2017,

by Jeanne Downey, PA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 44 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 9823.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our 4th time cage diving with great white sharks in Guadalupe, Mexico, the second on the Belle Amie. Unfortunately, we didn’t see as many sharks as previous trips, although the second afternoon was the highlight; I would have stayed in the cage until they closed, except for being cold and seriously needing to go to the bathroom! Even on the slow days, I was in the cages for at least 4 hours total, always hoping another shark would swim by. Whether their absence was due to September being a transition month between males and females, they’re just not hungry with 5-6 boats all plying the waters with tuna, or it just worked out to be a slow week, we’ll be going back again in 2019.

The Belle Amie is still a great, and very comfortable boat. The entire crew was exceptional--Chef Enrique was on board, so the food was much improved from our trip last year. Other crew members were familiar, and hostess Lorentina is a treasure. The evening shark identification gatherings are still impossible, as those sharks sure do look similar, but it was fun to try and identify them.This trip was a great mix of people, from the U.S., Canada, Russia, and elsewhere, and everyone got along well.
Websites Nautilus Explorer   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caribbean, Cocos, Socorro, Tahiti, Malaysia, Indonesia, Micronesia, Galapagos, Cayman Islands, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There San Diego, then a Nautilus Explorer bus to Ensenada

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 66-66°F / 19-19°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Three 30 minute rotations each day guaranteed, then space available in submersible or surface cages.
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 N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 4 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 Plenty of space for large and small cameras with many charging stations available. Dedicated rinse tank.
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