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All Aboard The Nautilus Explorer

When it comes to scuba diving in Mexico, most divers think instinctively of the Caribbean dive sites of the Yucatan. However, Mexico’s Pacific coast also offers some spectacular sites- including some of the best liveaboard diving in the world. The Nautilus Explorer is one such liveaboard, offering luxury trips ranging from a week to two weeks in length. The itineraries of the Nautilus Explorer incorporate the very best of the Mexican East Pacific, and act as a gateway to treasures that include Guadalupe Island, the Revillagigedo Archipelago and the Sea of Cortez. While Mexico’s east coast is defined by its colorful reefs and thriving tropicals, the west coast is the domain of big animal encounters and even bigger thrills. The adventures offered by the Nautilus Explorer accordingly revolve around some of the underwater world’s most sought after characters- from giant manta rays, to great white sharks and colonies of playful sea lions. Best of all, a trip aboard the Nautilus Explorer means encountering these magnificent species in consummate luxury. The vessel is designed to offer absolute comfort and safety, with spacious staterooms, a separate dining room, and a main salon stocked with bar, entertainment centre and library. On the top deck, guests can soak up the Mexican sun between dives, or relax at the end of the day beneath the stars whilst enjoying the vessel’s freshwater hot tub. The Nautilus Explorer is a gastronomer’s fantasy, with professional chefs serving up fine cuisine at every meal; truly, this is a liveaboard that offers the last word in luxury dive travel.

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Of course, all the luxuries in the world mean very little without the addition of excellent diving. Fortunately, the Nautilus Explorer’s various itineraries offer such incredible underwater sights that the only hardship is choosing between them. For those that wish to get up close and personal with one of the ocean’s top predators, the Guadalupe cage diving trip seems like the obvious choice. Twenty hours by boat from the west coast of Mexico, Guadalupe Island is the very best place in the world to encounter great whites in their natural habitat. Between the months of July and November, the island is home to some of the biggest white sharks on the planet- giving you the chance to observe them in crystal clear water sometimes boasting over 45 meters/ 150 feet of visibility. The water conditions combine with the curious nature of the great whites to make this trip and underwater photographer’s dream come true; especially because the Nautilus Explorer uses a submersible cage as well as a conventional surface cage. For those that would rather dive cage-free and still come face to face with some of the ocean’s largest creatures, perhaps a trip to the Revillagigedo Archipelago and the famous island of Socorro is more your style. Here, giant mantas come within touching distance of divers, whilst shark species including silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, and schooling hammerheads are also often spotted. From January to April, Socorro is home to over 1,200 migrating humpback whales, and an encounter with these incredible cetaceans is always a possibility at this time.

As well as Guadalupe and Socorro, the Nautilus Explorer travels to several other incredible destinations in the Mexican East Pacific. From diving with sea lions and watching for whales in the Sea of Cortez, to exploring the rarely-visited Clipperton Atoll, the potential for adventure with this liveaboard charter is virtually unlimited. For those that simply cannot choose between the once-in-a-lifetime itineraries of the Nautilus Explorer, do not fret- at certain times of the year, combo trips are available that allow divers to explore two or more destinations on a single voyage. Please enquire for further details of single and combo trips, so that we can help you choose the Nautilus Explorer experience that will make your time on Mexico’s ‘other’ coast truly unforgettable.
Jessica-Vyvyan-Robinson