Level of Diving
Diving will be in warm water off of a liveaboard dive boat. Water temperatures are mid to high 70F. Minimum 3mm wetsuit is required, however a 5mm is recommended. Most dive sites are suited for intermediate to advanced level divers. Proof of a minimum of 25 logged open water dives in the past 24 months is required.
The Socorro Islands is located west of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, approximately 24 hour boat ride from shore. The islands that you will be diving include Socorro, Roca Partida, and San Benedicto.
Water temperature around Socorro will be mid 70’s and divers can expect to see giant manta rays, dolphins, 6 different kinds of sharks and tuna. This is prime “bait ball” season, which is the only time of year we see large schools of silky sharks and sometimes pilot whales. This is also when we may see large numbers of tuna. Water temperature may be a bit cooler in the Sea of Cortes by a couple of degrees. Divers can expect to dive with California sea lions at Los Islotes as well as visiting famous old dive sites such as Suwamee Reef, the wreck of the 300’ ferry Salvatierra, Las Animas, El Bajo, La Reyna or Isla Cerralvo.
Socorro Island is a small volcanic island in the Revillagigedo Islands, a Mexican possession lying some 600 km off the country's western coast. It is the largest of the four islands of the Revillagigedo Archipelago.
The giant Pacific mantas which you will meet at Socorro are the largest of the rays and we believe they are the most majestic creatures in the ocean. They swim by moving their wing-like pectoral fins, which can grow up to 7 meters wide, but usually average about 5 – 6 meters. At Socorro, these giants choose to interact with divers! They come in very close – less than 1 meter! – make eye contact with you and then swim along beside you – totally on their terms.
What is even more extraordinary is that the local population of bottlenose dolphins have learned to mimic the behaviour of the giant mantas. It is very likely that these wild dolphins will also move in close and intimate to divers during your trip.
Shark sightings are also very good at Socorro Island with common sightings of silky, galapagos, hammerhead, white tip and silver tip sharks. Schooling hammerhead sharks may be seen at any time but the best chance to see large schools up close is April – June.
Whale sharks are usually spotted at the beginning of and the latter part of our season.
A population of 1200 humpbacks moves into the island’s waters in January and chances are excellent that you will have encounters with these mighty giants. You may even hear them singing through the hull of the ship at night as you lie in your bunk.
Nautilus Explorer is a recently built ship that was custom designed for divers to the highest possible level of comfort and safety with a layout that utilizes every square foot of available space. The crew takes exceptional pride in keeping the boat spotlessly clean and running smoothly. Everything is first class and certified to the same exacting international SOLAS and ISM standards as the largest cruise ship.
The Nautilus Explorer is a happy ship and carefully designed to be very safe with heavy, strong steel construction and extensive soundproofing. The vessel's hullform, passive stability system and bulbous bow provides for a remarkably easy ride while heavy-duty commercial grade systems ensure that you have a smooth-running voyage. A water level platform aft of the dive deck provides easy entry into dive skiffs, kayaks and Laser sailboat.
Imaginative and fresh cuisine is one of the cornerstones of our business. Soups are homemade; Bread, pastries and deserts are baked onboard and there is always lots to eat with up to 4 meals a day, a choice of entrees and plenty of snacks (including some that aren't good for you!). We offer a mix of both buffet and table service with a menu that combines North American and European tastes and also a touch of Mexico. Having a chef and 2 hostesses means that we can take excellent care of our guests.
Nautilus Explorer is a liveaboard dive boat. Eat, sleep, and dive your fins off! Variety of room configurations to meet your needs.
- Diving, aluminum 80 tanks, weight belts
- In-water divemastering and guiding by experts
- Housekeeping service and nightly turndown service
- Snacks, meals, non-alcoholic beverages
Package Does Not Include:
- Airfare or booking of flights
- Airport transfers
- Excess luggage fees
- Port Fee USD$65 per person (cash only)
- Travel/dive insurance
- Scuba gear rentals
- Nitrox, argon, mixed gases, steel tanks
- Crew gratuities
- Gift shop purchases
Prices - All prices are per person. All prices are in US dollars. All trip payments/deposits must be made in US dollars.
A non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Your spot will be confirmed only once the deposit has been received. A refund will be issued only if your spot is re-sold to someone else, administrative charges may apply.
All prices listed are in US Dollars.
A 25% Non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Your spot will be confirmed only once the deposit has been received. A refund will be issued only if your spot is re-sold to someone else, administrative charges may apply.
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