Nautilus Belle Amie, the sistership of Nautilus Explorer, offers 8 night Socorro dive trips and 5 night Great White Shark trips to Guadalupe. The Socorro trips operate from Cabo San Lucas in Baja California, Mexico. The Guadalupe trips start and end in San Diego, US. Nautilus Belle Amie is 42m (140ft) in length and 10m (33ft) wide. She is a comfortable oceangoing steel vessel.
Nautilus Belle Amie visits the Giant Mantas in Socorro between December and June. July to November, she operates Great White Shark cruises to the Guadalupe Islands.
Accommodation & Facilities
This comfortable liveaboard offers plenty of space for more than 30 guests. For private full boat charters, the max. capacity is 36. On a regular dive trip, the max. capacity is 28 divers.
There is a total of 16 cabins and suites onboard. On the lower deck, there are 8 double cabins and 1 quad share cabin. On the main deck, there are 2 premium suites that can be combined to a Platinum Suite, and on the upper deck, there are 5 superior suites. All cabins are equipped with individually controlled air conditioning and an ensuite bathroom with shower and toilet. The suites are slightly larger and have a picture window. Power outlets are standard US 2 flat pin sockets for 110V electricity.
On the main deck, there is an air-conditioned lounge with bar and restaurant area. Here all meals are served. The cuisine is a mix of international and Mexican dishes. Further facilities include a small library and a TV/stereo entertainment system.
On the sun deck, there is a shaded area as well as sun lounges for guests wanting to enjoy the sun and a bar and jacuzzi.
The spacious dive deck at the stern of the main deck provides ample space for diving equipment and for gearing up. Nitrox is available at extra cost. Nautilus Belle Amie is introducing "free-style diving" with 3 large high speed 8.5m (28ft) RHIB inflatables.
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.
Nautilus Belle Amie operates excursions that take you to some very interesting locations during the best times of the year. This liveaboard offers unforgettable unique nature experiences in amazing diving locations.