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

Nautilus Explorer, Dec, 2009,

by Colin Earl, BC, Canada ( 1 report). Report 5296.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving British Columbia, Australia, Cuba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge
Water Temp 24 to 27 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No Deco diving unless prior arranged and approved.
No dives exceeding 1 hour.
Must carry SMB and dive alert
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
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 Excellent facilities for Cameras. Designated benches and rinse buckets. All care was taken to handle cameras with extreme care. Also a large charging area is also supplied and handy

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 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The service and diving we received while aboard the Nautilus Explorer exceeded our expectations. We had been told by others that the Nautilus was the live aboard to choose and they were right.

We had Mantas, Hammerheads and dolphins on just about all of the dives. The Manta activity seemed to follow the sunnier days, luckily we only had few cloudy days (and that didn't last all day). When the bigger animals were not around there were plenty of fish, Occys, Eels, Lobsters, Sting Rays and other life to entertain and pose for photos. We also had plenty of White Tip, Silver Tip and Galapagos sharks keeping us company. On 2 of the dives others saw a whale shark but we missed it.

We also had a Tiger Shark come and visit on one dive and we were happy when it kept it's distance.

All the staff on board and in the booking office could not do enough to assist us and make sure we were enjoying ourselves. The food was excellent and plentiful.

The only bad part of our trip was watching the ship leave Cabo for another trip full of soon to be happy guests and leaving us to head to the airport to fly home and back to work.

All in all it was a great trip and we now have plenty of memories and photos to keep us happy for quite a while. We will definitely try our best to arrange more time with the Nautilus and her crew in the future.
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