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Dive Review of Nautilus Explorer in
Mexico (Western)

Nautilus Explorer: "Incredible!!!", Feb, 2015,

by Peter Dollard, ME, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8143 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Hard to sum up such a fantastic trip. As the Captain Shawn says " you have to play to win". Sometimes its quiet, sometimes sensory overload. Went on every dive and snorkeled on surface intervals for the best overall experience of over 20 years of diving throughout the world. Saw countless mantas and dolphins up close and personal both diving and snorkeling. Plenty of sharks including silvertips,silkies, galapagos, & whitetips Experienced being in the middle of a huge school of hammerhead sharks with close to 100 ft visibility at Roca Partida. Snorkeled several times up close to mother humpback whales and their babies including having a baby breach within 15-20 feet of me. It was all and more than expected. The Nautilus Explorer though with a few minor issues such as a crowded dive deck, limited camera facilities, and few places to sit outside with sun protection is a very comfortable vessel and is scheduled for a complete refit/overhaul which should alleviate those concerns. The ships crew was outstanding in every way, constantly going out of their way to ensure an optimal experience. I do recommend this trip only for experienced/fit divers as conditions and currents can be unpredictable. This is clearly a "bucket list" trip.
Websites Nautilus Explorer   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Red Sea, Galapagos, Cocos, Indonesia, Palau, Etc
Closest Airport Cabo San Lucus Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions common sense
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments great trip for wide angle big animal diving
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