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Nautilus Liveaboards

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Ensenada, Mexico
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About Nautilus Liveaboards
350 great white sharks in stunning clear blue water at Guadalupe. A population of giant mantas that are as friendly as puppy dogs interacting with divers at Socorro. These amazing adventures are what Nautilus Liveaboards offers almost every day! Book a trip on our luxury ISM safety certified steel ships. Convenient departures from Baja, Mexico.
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C S wrote a review Jun. 16
Chandler, Arizona30 contributions1 helpful vote
My Guadalupe Island trip got cancelled by them, they refuse a refund. BEWARE. Shady AF operation. Not communicative during this process.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from NautilusLiveaboards, Manager at Nautilus Liveaboards
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Corey Schimmel, I have explained the situation as clearly as I can. We have not cancelled any Guadalupe great white shark trips. We are ready, willing, prepared and good to go unless an action by the government of Mexico prevents us from sailing. We are advising guests that we are worried that the park won't open on schedule and providing an alternative trip in the sea of cortez or to move the trip for next year for those who want. Be advised that I stand 100% behind our team in operations. Screaming or threatening our staff on the phone and now online is not ok and may result in you being denied boarding.
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Pearl K wrote a review May 2022
Oakland, California1 contribution
Just returned home from an absolutely awesome trip to swim with Orcas and Mobulas in the Sea of Cortez with Nautilus Dive Adventures! Our first day, we encountered 9 Orca whales, some of whom wanted to surf on the wake of our little dive boat -- what a thrill! I had the good fortune, after a number of attempts, to swim in front of a huge orca whale whose dorsal fin, everyone agreed, was at least 6 feet tall. We also had many days when we swam with mobulas, once floating for almost an hour while they remained a couple of feet below us. The Lady Gallant crew was amazing, particularly our dive guide and photographer, David, from Barcelona and Sylvia, our cabin stewardess and dining room “director”. Even though my husband and I were not among the strong swimmers on this trip, it didn’t matter that much. David made sure that those of us who had not yet had the chance to swim with these beautiful creatures, got the chance to enter the water first, He would also grab our hand and pull us towards them when we couldn’t catch up to them. We could not have had such extraordinary encounters without David’s help! It was good to do this trip on the Lady Gallant, which, while she was a small ship, her size made it possible to develop a wonderful sense of community and shared purpose among guests and crew. Fantastic trip!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from NautilusLiveaboards, Manager at Nautilus Liveaboards
Responded 5 weeks ago
Dear Pearl, We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the trip and had the chance to experience such incredible encounters! And you're right, David and Sylvia always goabove and beyond. We look forward to welcoming you back! Kindly,
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Jacob B wrote a review Feb. 2022
Boston, Massachusetts157 contributions54 helpful votes
Fantastic trip aboard the Explorer w/ Nautilus Expeditions! The crew went above and beyond to ensure a pleasant, comfortable trip, and we got super lucky w/ the wildlife we encountered in the water -- mantas, sharks, dolphins, and even a few humpback whales! Would highly recommend this outfit for diving at Socorro Island.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Response from NautilusLiveaboards, Manager at Nautilus Liveaboards
Responded Mar. 30, 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience Jacob! Hope you can join us again in the near future!
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JEK wrote a review Jan. 2022
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Our Dive Trip was Dec 13-21 aboard the Undersea Hunter. This was our second time to the Socorro Islands, First being with a different live aboard. The crew was very nice, helpful, and competent in their duties.  I worked for about 8 years in the industry, and have 34 years diving experience. I feel there is a lack of communication between the main office staff, the dive shop Seecreatures, and the boat crew. Items that were stated on the pre-trip brochure were either outdated, or changed, but not all employees knew about that, nor did we. If you make changes, make sure the paying guests, website, & all employees are up to date. The food overall I would say was average to good. Some nights dinners were better than others. Fish was excellent, but the fries that were served with the burgers were inedible. Breakfast was usual stuff, Good fruit. Good lunches. Boat had some Generator issues on the first day, which meant for several hours no running water, toilets, lights, or AC. They were running a few things off the backup generator. Glad Omar was able to repair it. The Salon area and our cabin ( #2) was warm the entire week, AC never worked well until the last night, but then it went off again in the middle of the night. Made it very hard to sleep all week. Never got more than 4 hrs in any night because of this. I mentioned it to the Captain, but he didn’t seem to have anything to offer. Some other cabins seemed to have good A/C, so maybe there is a problem in the system? Quoted from page 4 of our pre-trip booklet -- " We will have other stuff going on to keep you as busy as you like with kayaks and paddle boards, shoreline tours, humpback whale watching (January to April), manta ID in the late afternoon and after-dinner presentations. " There were no kayaks or paddle boards on board to use. And no shoreline tours (understandable in Socorro-but shouldn’t be in the brochure). Communications between all about PCR test times was different depending on who you spoke with. Pre-trip Know before you go stated " We ask that you please be at the dive centre by 4pm for the pre- boarding health check", but shop staff stated to come between 4-6 for the health check. This affected our activities we had scheduled ( we arranged to be back before 4pm-based on the brochure ) and we could have planned to come back at a later time. Lastly, Mexico has a high park fee for Socorro, ( $375 ) . When we booked our trip in June, Nautilus stated in their "know before you go" brochure that a credit towards any of the following (quoted below) would be honored. I was also told this two different times over the phone, when I called as we got closer to departure time. “Nitrox, Rentals, Courses , Onboard Satellite Phone Calls Future Credit Towards a Nautilus or Baja Expeditions Trip. Also available at SeeCreatures dive shop up until the ship sails, Mares dive gear, Nautilus Life line, & gift shop purchases.” Unfortunately upon arrival at the Seecreatures dive shop in Cabo, none of the employees would honor this. They stated that Nautilus was no longer allowing use of the credit towards gear or shop purchases. I was hoping to use this towards gear and a future trip. Never did I receive a phone call or email about these changes. I had purchased this trip back in June '21 with the knowledge of being able to use these credits. When I got back home I emailed the owner about this. I feel it took some pushing, but the Nautilus Staff did state they would honor the credit towards future trips. I do hope to book another trip and hopefully things will go a little smoother.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from NautilusDive, Manager at Nautilus Liveaboards
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Jon, Thank you for your feedback and we are glad you hear your experience was mostly positive. Please keep in mind that we are the only dive operation in the world that put in any kind of redemption program when a national authority unilaterally introduced new and very expensive park fees. That should speak to our operation. We look forward to welcoming you back onboard again soon!
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Meander680149 wrote a review Nov. 2021
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Just completed a shark diving trip at Guadalupe on the Undersea Hunter. There are never any guarantees with wildlife trips, but on this junket we saw more sharks than we could shake a (GoPro) stick at. The fish were everything I expected, but I have to say the crew and boat actually exceeded all my expectations. The boat was comfortable, with plenty of room for gear, numerous charging stations, a hot tub, an observation deck, etc. The cages were sturdy and I felt very safe. The crew worked tirelessly to keep the sharks circling our cages, get our gear in order, and ensure we were all having a great experience. The crew worked just as hard behind the scenes keeping our rooms spotless, preparing incredible meals/snacks/cocktail hours, and doing all the little things to ensure a first-rate experience. Literally every crew member--from the captain on down-- would ask if I needed anything or if there was anything they could do to enhance my trip. Throughout the journey they were polite, professional, and good-humored. Also, it must be said the food was DELICIOUS. Steak, salmon, cheesecake, gourmet pizzas--heck, even the salads were impressive. I don't know if every Nautilus boat is as well-appointed or every crew as incredible as this one, but they were both first-rate. Highly recommend this trip and this group.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from NautilusLiveaboards, Manager at Nautilus Liveaboards
Responded Mar. 30, 2022
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We take a lot of pride on our team, hope you can join again soon!
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