Practicalities – Mexico

seastar in Mexico © Morten Beier Tropic Ice Dive


Socorro

Diving Conditions

Visibility is very good, 10 metres on a bad day (and we will then move the dive site) and up to 40 metres. Very blue water. Current varies from none to medium. Water temperature is 28 degrees Celsius in November, dropping to 21 degrees Celsius in February and then rising to 25 degrees Celsius by May.

Diving Experience

Beginner to intermediate. All dives are assisted by a divemaster. Skiff pickups are available on all dives. Descent and ascent line provided on all dives except at Roca Partida (wall diving).

Sea Conditions

Sometimes the seas during the crossing are flat calm. Occasionally (maybe once per season) we experience 3-metre seas. Average seas are 1.5-2 metres, which is no problem for the Nautilus Explorer, especially if guests use the scopolamine patch, Marzine or other seasickness remedy. Most anchorages are sheltered and calm, but it is important to note that diving at Roca Partida is staged in open ocean – and each trip itinerary is planned around the best possible diving conditions at this amazing little pinnacle in the middle of nowhere in 11,000 feet of water.


San Benitos

Diving Conditions

Most diving is done in very sheltered inlets and coves making for very calm sea conditions.  Visibility is 15-30 metres in very blue water and water temperatures are 72-77 degrees F (22-25 degrees C).  Full 5 mm wetsuit is recommended.

Diving Experience

Suitable for all levels of experience. Good buoyancy control will help as some dives are in quite shallow water through thick kelp.

Sea Conditions

The Nautilus Explorer is a heavy, 325-tonne, stable,  oceanic vessel, and seas in this area are usually calm. We always recommend the scopolamine patch, Marzine or other seasickness remedy for those guests prone to seasickness. Most anchorages are sheltered and calm and each trip itinerary is planned around the best possible diving conditions.


Guadalupe

Diving Conditions

Sea conditions in our anchorage are generally calm, with visibility of 25-40 metres,  in very blue water and water temperatures around 23 degrees Celsius. Full 5-7 mm  wetsuit is recommended for all seasons.

Diving Experience

No special experience required. Divers in submersible cages are escorted by a divemaster.

Sea Conditions

The Nautilus Explorer is a heavy, 325-tonne, stable, oceanic vessel. On the crossing the seas are usually 1.5-2 metres, although it can also be flat calm, or occasionally (maybe once per season) we experience 3-metre waves. Sea state is no problem for almost all divers especially if guests use the scopolamine patch, Marzine or other seasickness remedy. Note: we did cancel one trip in 2007 because of freak weather conditions. Our anchorage at Guadalupe is sheltered and calm.


Clipperton

Diving Conditions

Visibility is very good, 150 feet plus (50 metres) on our first expedition in 2007!

Diving Experience

Suitable for all divers with good buoyancy control and dive skills. All dives escorted by two divemasters – one “critter pointer” and one to look after divers as needed.

Sea Conditions

Traveling to the Clipperton Atoll is a two-day open ocean passage from Socorro Island and sea conditions may range from 4 to 7 feet on average. The Nautilus Explorer is a heavy 325 tonne, ocean going, stabilized ship. The anchorages at Clipperton are sheltered and calm.

Please also see general information under FAQ.