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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Mexico (Western)

Nautilus Explorer: "15th Trip to Socorro", May, 2024,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 93 reports with 59 Helpful votes). Report 12978 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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
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Beginners 2 stars
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Comments On May 16, I headed down to Los Cabos Airport (SJD) to board the Nautilus Explorer for my 15th trip aboard a Nautilus vessel bound for the Revillagigedos Archipelago, which is often referred to as simply Socorro (the largest island in the archipelago.

After a short 2 1/2 hour flight from SFO, I went through immigration at SJD rather quickly only to experience the dreaded camera equipment hassle in customs. The customs agent directed me to run my bags thru the scanner resulting in another agent directing me to show him the U/W camera housing that was in my bag. So I pulled the housing out along with lots of clothing and other camera gear. The agent then declared that the housing was a camera for which I must pay sales tax (19%). I then opened the housing to show him that it is really just a metal waterproof box and not a camera. He then stated that the housing was subject to the sales tax. I advised him that per the Mexico website tourists are allowed to bring in 2 cameras and camera gear. I stated that the housing is camera gear.
The agent then asked me how much the housing i ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Socorro, Fiji, Solomons, GBR, Vanuatu, PNG, Philippines, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Kosrae, Truk Lagoon, Thailand
Closest Airport SJD Getting There Direct flight from SFO

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 72-78°F / 22-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 35-75 Ft/ 11-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco; max depth 120'; max time 60 min
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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By Love Sharks in OR, US at Jun 06, 2024 22:27 EST  
Nice review. The camera housing extortion is why I no longer dive in Mexico. Sorry it happened to you.
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