Nautilus Belle AmieGuadalupe liveaboard
The 41m Nautilus Belle Amie was custom built for divers and operates itineraries in 2 of the worlds greatest diving destinations – Socorro Island, famed for its manta and humpback whale sightings, and Guadalupe – one of the best places in the world to cage dive with great white sharks.
With 17 cabins, the Belle Amie comfortably accommodates up to 32 guests. Its deep draft and wide beam gives an impressively stable ride and the sound proofed design ensures for a peaceful nights sleep. Safety on board is second to none, all team members are highly qualified, annually certified and audited by BV Bureau Veritas, and the boat itself was built to suit SOLAS safety standards, the same as the largest ocean-going cruise ships in the world.
Launched in 2015, the Belle Amie is the largest ship in the Nautilus fleet and offers the ultimate in luxury, together with exhilarating and unique diving experiences.
Flight time to San Diego (SAN) from the UK is approximately 11 hours 15 minutes direct with British Airways or 12 hours 15 minutes with Virgin via LA.
We recommend a minimum stay of one night in San Diego prior to the liveaboard to allow for any flight changes or delays. On your embarkation day, you will meet the crew from the Belle Amie at the Best Western Palms Hospitality Suite from noon onwards. You will then be transferred by coach to meet the ship docked in Ensenada. Coach leaves San Diego at 7.30pm.
Guide price for 5nts from £2200pp*
Includes: Airport to liveaboard return transfers, 5nts full board accommodation in a triple Standard lower deck cabin, all meals (continental breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert), non-alcoholic beverages, snacks, daily room service, towels, in-water divemastering, end of trip DVD and onboard facilities.
Package excludes: International flights, port & park fees ($65.00 total USD) per person payable in cash onboard, gift shop purchases, bar tab, gear & tank rentals, nitrox, transfers, crew gratuities are customary in this part of the world if you think the service is deserving, typically $300 per guest.
*Prices shown are for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for triple share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.
Mexico offers world class diving on both its Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. There is something for everyone here, and at all diver levels. Visit our Mexico section for an introduction to where to go throughout this country, including Guadalupe Island, the Sea of Cortez, the Socorro Islands and the Yucatan Peninsular.
Accommodation & Facilities
All 17 cabins feature individually controlled air-conditioning, ensuite bathroom with hot shower, 600 thread count Egyptian sheets and plenty of storage. The triple cabin and 8 standard staterooms are located on the lower deck and have porthole windows. The triple cabin has one lower and 2 upper bunks. The standard staterooms have 2 single beds side by side which can be made into a double on request. The 6 superior suites are located on the upper deck and have large picture windows and king sized double beds. The 2 huge premium suites are located on the main deck and have a California King Bed, large picture windows, sitting area and flat screen TV.
With 4 decks, there is plenty of space on board the Belle Amie to find a secluded spot or socialise with your fellow passengers. The large air-conditioned lounge is located on the main deck and has plenty of sofas, a small library including shark identification books, games, flat screen TV, entertainment system and well-stocked bar. The vast sun deck has comfortable sun loungers, hot tub and bar area, and is the perfect place to watch the sunset after an exhilarating days diving.
Meals are served in the spacious dining room, located on the main deck. The on board chefs offer varied menus of both Mexican and international specialities, with every special dietary requirement catered for. You can expect an early continental breakfast before the first dive of the day followed by a cooked breakfast, buffet lunch and evening meal with dessert. Snacks between dives, tea, coffee, juice and soft drinks are complimentary for the duration of your stay on board. A wide variety of alcoholic beverages are available from the onboard bar at an extra charge.
The huge dive deck has ample storage for dive gear with individual lockers available, together with a large camera table, charging points, rinse tanks and hot showers. On Socorro itineraries diving is conducted from 3 large inflatable skiffs with 4 dives a day including a night snorkel with silky sharks. On Guadalupe itineraries, there are 6 ’state of the art’ shark cages; 2 surface and 3 submersible to get you up close and personal to these apex predators. All certified divers will have the opportunity for a minimum of three dives per day in the submersible cages and unlimited time in the surface cages. Surface cages open at 6.30am and diving in the submersible cages begins at 8.00am. Both are available until dusk.
Nitrox is available at extra cost and the Belle Amie is rebreather friendly.
Nautilus Belle Amie trips start on different days of the week as they are 5 night durations. The Great White Shark trips run from the middle of July to the middle of November.
Please get in touch with us to check live availability and costs.
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Mexico by region
Adrenalin-fuelled cage diving with great white sharks
Schooling hammerheads, humpback whales and huge oceanic mantas
Sea of Cortez
Playful sea lions, bull sharks and close encounters with whale sharks
Cenotes cave diving, reef walls of Cozumel and ancient Mayan ruins
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