The 35m Nautilus Explorer was custom built for divers in 2000 and is the sister ship to the Nautilus Belle Amie. Accommodating 24 divers in 13 staterooms, the Explorer’s steel hull makes for smooth and stable journeys, and as with all Nautilus vessels, you can expect high levels of service, comfort and safety.
The Nautilus Explorer is the flagship in the Nautilus fleet and features an incredibly large dive deck, water level platform and wonderful ocean vistas through the large windows in the saloon and dining room.
There are 5, 8 and 10 night itineraries to Socorro from October to June. Witness giant oceanic mantas, the famed humpback whales in season, schooling hammerheads, bottlenose dolphins, large schools of pelagic fish and all manner of shark species while diving in Socorro.
How to get there
Flight time to San Jose del Cabo (SJD) from the UK is approximately 15 hours 30 minutes direct with British Airways, or 16 hours 30 minutes with Aero Mexico via Mexico City. Alternatively you can chose to fly with American Airlines with an overnight stay in Atlanta/Houston on the outbound journey.
We recommend a minimum stay of one night in San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas 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 Hospitality suite next to the Tesoro Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, from noon onwards. They will then transfer you to the boat at approximately 8pm.
Guide price for 8nts on the Nautilus UnderSea from £2275pp* / 10nts from £2600pp*
Includes: accommodation in a triple share 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.
Not Included: 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.
*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for lowest cabin type. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration, cabin choice 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.
The 13 spacious staterooms are split into 5 cabin types, all cabins have ensuite bathrooms with hot shower, toiletries, fresh towels and linen upon request and individually controlled air-conditioning.
The triple stateroom is located on the lower deck and has 2 bunks and 1 double bed with a porthole window. The 6 twin cabins are located on the lower deck and have a double and twin bed with porthole window. There are also 2 single cabins on the lower deck which have a large bed & porthole window. The 3 superior suites are located on the wheelhouse deck and have king size double beds and big ocean view picture windows, 2 of the suites can be converted into twin accommodation on request. The premium suite is located on the wheelhouse deck. Formally the owners private suite, it contains a double bed, sitting area, bathroom with full sized bathtub, 2 flatscreen TV’s & large ocean view windows.
The Explorer was designed with comfort in mind, and with 4 decks, there is plenty of space to relax between dives. There is a large air-conditioned lounge located on the main deck, which has comfortable sofas, TV with entertainment systems, PC and Mac computers, library, games and well stocked bar which serves wine, spirits and microbrew beers. On the wheelhouse deck you will find a hot tub and on the top deck there is a spacious sun deck with loungers and deckchairs.
Meals are served in the large dining room located on the main deck. The comfortable seating makes for a relaxed and sociable atmosphere. A pre-dive continental breakfast of freshly baked bread, fruit, cereals and juices is served daily, with a full cooked breakfast after the first dive consisting of cooked to order eggs, sausages, bacon and pancakes, as well as some Mexican influences including breakfast burritos. Lunches are a variety of Mexican and North American cuisine, with tacos, fajitas and quesadillas, as well as western choices of burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, soups and fresh salads. The buffet-style dinners offer a range of meat and seafood dishes, together with vegetarian and vegan options on request, which you can enjoy with the wide range of alcoholic beverages available to purchase, including red and white wine, champagne, 30 different microbrew beers, single malt whiskeys and selected spirits. Snacks are served between dives, including cheese platters, freshly baked muffins, cookies and brownies, sushi and nachos ensuring that you will never go hungry!
The newly improved huge dive deck and water level platform are located at the back of the main deck, and has personal storage lockers for each diver, large camera table and charging points, rinse tanks and fresh water showers. On Socorro itineraries diving is conducted from large inflatable skiffs with 4 dives a day including a night snorkel with silky sharks.
Stay a bit a longer
Guadalupe trips are not particularly easy to combine with other diving spots, but there are endless possibilities for extending your stay. If you choose to travel via San Diego, then adding a domestic flight to see other regions of the United States is very straightforward and quite cheap. Popular choices are to head over to visit the Grand Canyon National Park and Monument Valley, or Los Angeles or San Francisco. The choice is yours!
For flights via Tijuana, then staying on in Mexico is your best option. This is a wonderful country to explore. You can head inland to the countryside, or to visit Mexico City.
If you did want to add on something that included diving, then you could – if you are happy to allocate a full day of travelling – consider flying over to the Yucatan Peninsular, where you can dive the Cenotes Cave systems, Cozumel and visit ancient Mayan ruins.
Whatever you may fancy adding on to your Guadalupe trip, we will be happy to guide you and to assist with all your travel needs.
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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