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

Nautilus Explorer: "An excellent trip for pelagic", Jan, 2021,

by Bela Asztalos, MA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 11712 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This trip to the Revillagigedo Islands, more commonly known as Socorro was in early January (January 7-15). Despite of the high covid season we flow without any trouble from Boston to Los Cabos via Phenix, Arizona. We stayed in the Hotel Tessoro, because the dive shop (Sea Creatures) the Nautilus Dive adventure use for pre board gathering is adjacent to the hotelís lobby. The check in, including a brief health check by a doctor, vent smoothly. The boat docked about a 3-minute bus drive from the hotel. We boarded late afternoon and the boat set sail in 8 pm. Rooms were nice, food was good. There were plenty room for cameras on the rear deck. Fire safety looked adequate. There were several nitrox gauges to test tanks before diving. Everybody was supplied with a GPS in case of being drifted too far from the zodiac. After about 26 hours of sailing, we saw the first island of the Revillagigedos, San Bennedicto. We had the check in dive here. Boat is stable and relatively fast. Rooms and food were good. Service including in the dinning room and the deck was very professional. There were 18 divers in this trip. The dive master split us into 2 groups, mainly by experience and wish. Water was about 72 Fahrenheit. Nearly everybody used 5mm wetsuit. There were 4-5 ft rolling waves plus the surface was choppy. Visibility underwater was good 50-100 ft. Because the choppy surface light declined fast with depth. We experienced similar conditions during the whole trip. The zodiac took us a couple of 100-yard from the boat. Role in was backward. There was not much space for the cameras in the zodiac. We were better to jump in with the camera in hand. Because of the long sailing, we had only 5 full day diving. Next, we have visited Socorro where the Mexican Coast Guards checked our papers. After 2 days we left to Rocca Partida where we also spent 2 days. The last day was back to San Bennedicto. Most days we had 3-4 dives. We have seen squadrons of manta rays, mobula rays and white tip sharks practically every dive. We have also seen silky, Galapagos, hammerhead sharks. Once dolphins came to us from down. At Roca Partida, white tip shark laid/ hide close to rock cavities sometimes in several tens, packed on top of each other). At Roca Partida we also encountered 2 Whale sharks. Photography was not easy, because of the strong horizontal and occasionally vertical surge. This is the best place if you want to see or take pictures of sharks and large rays. Rays are around year long, but check the seasonal changes of shark species. e]
Websites Nautilus Explorer   [same]

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Caribbean, Indonesia, Irian Jaya, Palau, Sipadan,
Closest Airport Los Cabos International Airport Getting There From northern cities you have to change airplane somewhere in the south.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 72-74°F / 22-23°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no restrictions
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments enough place for large cameras. Large freshwater bucket for rinsing camera. Zodiac have no place for camera. It has to go under your legs. Jump into water with camera in hand.
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