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

Nautilus Explorer: "Sharks and Manta Heaven", Apr, 2021,

by Sherry M. Wren, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 11520.

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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 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Great trip on the Nautilus Undersea. Excellent culture of safety in all operations. 24 hour ride out of Cabo to St. Benedito Island for some incredible dives. The topography of the island is amazing as a backdrop. Volcanic site so diving does not have any real reef to speak of, rock formations with canyons and lots of cleaning stations. Parade of oceanic mantas both chevron and black, outstanding variety of sharks, white tips, tiger, dusky, silver tip, silkies, and Galapagos. Moved then to Roca Partita which also was volcanic with schooling hammerheads, huge tuna, a whale shark, in addition to shark action. On to Socorro with outstanding encounters with Mantas that just keep coming around and interact with the divers. Overall the diving is mostly in the 70 - 90 ft range so you need to watch air consumption and bottom time. Diving nitrox the entire trip. 60 minute dive times enforced by park regulations when there is more than one boat on the site with times scheduled between boats so there are not too many divers in the water at one time. This was my second Nautilus trip (the first had issues), I was impressed with the crew and organization. I would take this trip again.
Websites Nautilus Explorer   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, PNG, Australia, Solomon Islands, Red Sea, Philippines, Malaysia, Caribbean, Mexico
Closest Airport Cabo San Lucas Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 73-75°F / 23-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute dive times
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments great wide angle and video
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