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Dive Review of Nautilus Liveaboards in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez

Nautilus Liveaboards: "Sea of Cortez aboard the Nautilus Gallant Lady", Oct, 2021,

by Adli Waziri, CO, United States ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 11877 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I went on a 10 day Sea of Cortez trip aboard the Nautilus Gallant Lady in Oct. 2021. This was my 4th trip on a Nautilus Liveaboard, but the 1st time on the Gallant Lady, and everything met my already high expectations from my previous trips.

The trip encompassed sites ranging from La Paz to Bahia de los Angeles.
Cabo Pulmo was skipped on this trip due to reports of there being no bull sharks there at the time. The diving was excellent and the sea-life was plentiful and varied. The sea lions we encountered at almost all of the dive sites were a big highlight.

The crew, ship facilities and food were all top notch. The Gallant Lady takes a maximum of 12 divers, which made for nice sized groups (2 groups of 6 divers, although frequently there were fewer depending on who was doing particular dives). I did all dives available. In a couple sites (Bahia de los Angeles for whale sharks, and in the La Paz area,) the diving had to be handed off to local operators but these operators were high-quality as well.

Usually the Gallant Lady does dives via a single RHIB, but the first day it was having some issues with a leak in one of the inflatable pontoons, so it was switched for 2 pangas that night. This turned out to be even more advantageous in that the 2 groups of 6 divers could go to slightly different areas and avoid crowding.
Websites Nautilus Liveaboards   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Red Sea (Dahab), Great Barrier Reef, Bonaire, Belize, Tobago, Cozumel, Socorro, Guadalupe
Closest Airport San Jose del Cabo Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78-84°F / 26-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco, 60 minute max
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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