This modern 35m (116ft) liveaboard offers space for max. 25 guests. Nautilus Explorer offers extented excursions to Socorro and Guadalupe. Some of the very best diving is available from Mexico. They have exciting Great White Shark cage diving trips to Guadalupe Island during the best season for encounters.
Great White Shark excursions are available from July to November at Guadalupe Island in Mexico. These excursions start and end in San Diego, US. Socorro is on the schedule from December until June each year. The Socorro trips start and end in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Nautilus Explorer has space for up to 25 guests. There are 4 suites, all located on the upper deck: 3 Superior Suites with big windows, a wardrobe, desk and outside doors. 1 Premium Suite with big windows, separate bedroom and sitting area, a wardrobe, coffee table and a bathroom including bath tub. There is central air conditioning for all suites.
The lower deck has 9 cabins, all centrally air conditioned: There are 8 staterooms (twin share) with side by side beds, private heads with separate shower. On this level you also find 1 stateroom with 3 beds (2 beds side by side and one bunk), private heads with separate shower. Each bed has a curtain for privacy and a small reading light. Power outlets are standard US 2 flat pin sockets for 110V electricity.
Nautilus Explorer is modern and comfortable. The vessel has a spacious air-conditioned lounge with TV/DVD and a separate dining area for guests to relax and meet. It also has a small sun deck with a jacuzzi and a large dive deck. Several sea kayaks are available to guests free of charge.
Diving is done from the vessel's three dive skiffs. Life jackets must be worn by all passengers during trips on the skiffs.
Two to three dives are offered per day, depending on the daily dive activities and the activities ashore. The dives are offered at set times at designated dive sites. After a detailed briefing, divers can dive independently with their buddies. Nitrox is available at extra charge.
Guadalupe Island (Mexico) is the top destination for Great White Shark encounters. This small volcanic island located in the Pacific 240 kilometers (150 miles) off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula outperforms both South Africa and Australia with shark-seeing consistency and watching conditions. Only Guadalupe Island can boast shark viewing in beautiful clear blue water with 40–45m (125–150ft) visibility. Nautilus Explorer, the sistership of Nautilus Belle Amie, recently counted 108 Great White Sharks in the bay where they stage the submersible cage diving operations guaranteeing unforgettable encounters.
Socorro Island is all about diving and interacting with the friendliest giant mantas in the world. These are true giant mantas, Manta Birostris (aka manta ray), and should not be confused with the regular and smaller Mobula species, which can be seen far more often. The Giant Pacific Mantas that will greet you at Socorro are the largest of the rays and we believe they are the most majestic creatures in the ocean. At Socorro, these giants choose to interact with divers! They come in very close - less than 1m (3ft)! - 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 behavior 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. 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. Schooling hammerhead sharks may be seen at any time but the best chance to see large schools up close is April - June.
The Nautilus Explorer operates excursions that will take you to some very interesting locations during the best times of the year. This ship offers unforgettable unique nature experiences in amazing diving locations.