Explore Mexico with Nautilus Explorer

Hot Tub © Nautilus ExplorerNautilus Explorer

On board the Nautilus Explorer you really feel pampered. The ship boasts stabilization for an easier ride in the open ocean and SOLAS certification (your guarantee of safety at sea). The crew, with decades of combined experience, make sure you get the best possible guiding and diving no matter which destination you choose.

On top of that, you get a private shower and bathroom in each cabin, outstanding service and all the little touches, like a sparkling clear hot-tub, a wide selection of micro-brew beer, fine wine, contemporary menu, drinks and snacks before and after each dive etc.

Babyhumpback © stuart-westmorlandSocorro Island

At Socorro Island you dive and interact with the true giant manta rays, Manta birostris. They grow up to 7 metres wide, but usually average about 5-6 metres. At Socorro, these giants choose to interact with divers! They come in very close – less than 1 metre! – make eye contact with you and then swim along beside you totally on their terms.

The local population of bottlenose dolphins mimic the behaviour of the giant mantas. It is very likely that these wild dolphins will also move in close to divers.

Shark sightings are also very good at Socorro Island, with common sightings of silky, Galapagos, hammerhead, white tip and silver tip sharks. Schooling hammerhead sharks may be seen at any time, but the best chance to see large schools up close is April to June.

Whale sharks are usually spotted at the beginning of and the latter part of our season. A population of 1.200 humpbacks moves into the island’s waters in January. You may even hear them singing through the hull of the ship at night.

Kelp Forest © Morten Beier Tropic Ice DiveSan Benitos

Diving in the dense kelp forests with such good visibility is like being in a really dense jungle in Central America combined with flying like you experience in a dream. Swimming under the kelp canopy, looking out at blue water while playing with the Guadalupe fur seals and sea lions is a very special diving experience. The seals and sea lions let us get really close to them as they curiously check us out.

Divers commonly see an interesting mix of temperate-water fish as well as sub-tropicals and silky and white tip reef sharks, wahoo and some tuna. We have also seen horn sharks, guitar rays, bat ray and, of course, the orange garibaldi. Lobsters and abalone are abundant.

Facing a Great Whit Shark © Morten BeierGuadalupe Island

Guadalupe Island (Mexico) is the top destination for great white shark encounters. It outperforms both South Africa and Australia with shark-sighting consistency and viewing conditions. Our highly experienced divemasters will ensure your safety.

We believe that the best way to observe great white sharks is to descend into their world and interact with them on their own terms in a natural way from double-decker submersible cages. Conditions permitting, you can get out from behind the bars on the upper deck of the cages, with only a single hand-rail between you and these incredible apex predators.

Only Guadalupe Island can boast shark viewing in beautiful clear blue water with 35-45 metres visibility. We recently counted 108 great white sharks in the bay where we stage our submersible cage diving operations. We guarantee unforgettable encounters – up close and very personal!

Hammerhead shark © Nautilus ExplorerClipperton

No other operator has ever offered dive trips to Clipperton Island. It is a beautiful and very remote tropical coral atoll that has been visited by very, very few divers. The atoll and lagoon are surrounded by a shallow barrier reef with a beautiful coral reef that descends down to a white sand bottom at 50 metres.

The fish life is excellent and varied and ranges from the endemic, rare and beautiful Clipperton angelfish, big schools of jacks and other fish, lots of nudibranchs and macro life and more free-swimming green moray eels than you can imagine. Hammerhead, silky and tiger sharks are common. Giant manta rays and Whale sharks are occasional guests.

One of the many fascinating things about Clipperton is the adaptive behaviour of the moray eels – this particular population of eels have learned to wriggle out of the water and hunt crabs that are close to the water’s edge. We have never heard of this unique behaviour before!

The 2 mile long atoll itself is absolutely loaded with life including 5 MILLION land crabs, 500,000 boobies (more than anywhere else in the world), coconut trees, Canada geese – no idea what these guys were doing on a tropical island!

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