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Dive Review of Nautilus Under the Sea in
Mexico (Western)/Guadalupe Island

Nautilus Under the Sea: "Great Whites Galore on the Nautilus Under the Sea", Aug, 2017,

by Brent Barnes, OK, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9783 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Saba, St. Eustatius, Indonesia, California, Socorros Islands, Cocos Island, Belize, Cozumel, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, West Palm, Cabo, Dominica, Mexican Cenotes
Closest Airport Getting There Best to fly into San Diego and the Nautilus team will pick you up at a designated hotel and take you the 2 hour trip to the boat in Mexico on a roomy air conditioned bus

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 69 to 73 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 10 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Cage diving only. Each team would consist of 2 - 3 divers and would each have 3 - 4 shifts of 45 minutes in the submersible cages and could elect the depth of their cage (anywhere between the surface and 40 feet). The single surface cage was unlimited diving. All "diving" is done with surface air
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None 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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments A large multiple level camera table with many electric sockets was available. Cameras were handled with care with a designated large trash can sized came ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments I just returned from a trip aboard the Nautilus Under the Sea visiting the great white sharks of Guadalupe Island and had an excellent trip. In August, the Nautilus company offers a special in which a paying adult can take a child or teenager for free, so I took my 16 year old son in what essentially was a "two for the price of one" special. He had a great time and I would highly recommend that those with teenagers interested in doing this trip consider the August special through Nautilus. The Nautilus office was excellent in responding to all of my emails and answered all of my questions in advance. Their website will answer many of the common questions about diving with the great white sharks. If you have any interest in diving with great white sharks, Guadalupe is the best place in the world to do it. Though there is reliable great white shark encounters in South Africa and in Australia and the Farallon Islands, none of those sites rival the excellent water visibility with these apex predators to allow great encounters. The male great white sharks arrive at Guadalupe first, arriving in July/August. They are smaller, with an average size of 12 feet or so. The females are larger and begin to arrive in October. They average 15 feet or so, though the largest female at Guadalupe was measured at 21 feet in length. The females are larger, but the males tend to be more active so consider those factors when you choose the dates of your trip.
The Nautilus fleet now has three boats, the original Explorer, the Belle Amie and now the Under the Sea which is the newest boat. The Under the Sea was just purchased from another live aboard fleet and was completely refitted. Our week was only the third trip out for the Under the Sea since Nautilus refitted the boat and though there are still a few minor items they are finishing, the boat was very nice and we had no issues on it. The Under the Sea will carry 16 - 18 divers and is nice if you want to avoid a larger number of divers. Their nicest boat is likely the Belle Amie, but it carries over 30 divers.
The Nautilus team has the trip planned very nicely. It is suggested that you fly into San Diego. They have a base at designated Best Western hotel which is 3 miles from the airport. No shuttle is available, but the tax ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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