A whale shark at Socorro. Photo by Uwe Simon

International Guests Weigh-In on Guadalupe, San Benitos and Socorro

We are currently on our way to Socorro Island on the Nautilus UnderSea combo trip. The three days of cage diving with great whites at Guadalupe Island were absolutely fantastic. It is so exciting when one of the wranglers yells “Shark!” and everyone onboard drops what they’re doing to move to the edge of the boat to catch a glimpse of a massive Great White charging the bait. It’s especially rewarding to catch one breach. Scuba diving with the Sea Lions at San Benito and Cedros Islands was also an amazing experience. For wild animals, they are so curious, friendly, and playful.

The dive crew onboard are attentive, fun, and make preparation and execution of dives smooth and easy. I loved the music selection they played on our days with the Great Whites. Our host is always there ready with water/hot tea/hot chocolate after a dive and attending to any of our other needs while on the boat. The boat is kept well cleaned daily, and the cooking onboard has also been fantastic.

This is only scratching the surface of all the great things happening onboard. Without a doubt, this will be one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I’m so glad I decided to go with Nautilus for the trip! Can’t wait to see what is waiting in Socorro!

–Cuong, TX, USA


Sono qui, ancora una volta, immersa in questo perfetto Blu. Per le prossime due settimane il NUS saraâ la mia casa, il suo generoso Staff ed i cari compagni di viaggio saranno la mia famiglia. La calma maestosa dei Grandi Bianchi mi ha attraversato lâ anima a Guadalupe ed i festosi giochi dei cuccioli di Otaria mi hanno regalato il sorriso nel cuore a San Benito ed a Cedros mentre immense nuvole di pesce argentato mi hanno abbracciato a Roca Alijos.
San Benedicto eâ allâorizzonte ed i suoi Delfini ci stanno scortando giaâda unâora festeggiando il nostro arrivo.
Revillagigedo mi regaleraâ, presto, tutta la sua Magia.

–Silva, Italy

 

Divemaster Awei swims with a manta. Photo by Silvia Viola
Divemaster Awei swims with a manta. Photo by Silvia Viola

L’équipe fait vraiment tout pour faire s’assurer que nous sommes contents. C’est de la chance à plonger avec les mantas, mais quand les mantas sont venus – c’était spectaculaire ! Les présentations d’Arturo étaient très informatives ainsi que distrayantes. Je suis excitée à passer les deux prochaines jours à faire la plonge – peut-être avec quelques requins tigres?

–The French Team


Had an absolutely fantastic trip on the Nautilus Explorer doing the back to back Guadalupe and Socorro trips. Great boat, amazing dive guides and crew. Lots of tasty food, snacks and cookies, and of course, fantastic diving and the opportunity to see great white sharks up close and personal.

–Ian Riley-Brown, UK


When people say ‘Go to Socorro to see BIG Mantas’, it’s no lie; it totally delivers! Amazing experience with wonderful animals. Well worth the visit. The Nautilus Explorer is a great boat with a superb crew; they made the trip even better. You want to dive the Revillagigedos?…. Dive it with Nautilus.

–Bryce Ford, UK

 

Sharks rest in their caves at Roca Partida
Sharks rest in their caves at Roca Partida

An unforgettable trip to Guadalupe to cage dive with Great Whites followed by diving with Sea Lions at Cedros/San Benedict then the Magnificent Mantas around the Socorro group. Excellent and plentiful food – thanks to Enrique, graciously served by Nubia and Maria. Great support/advice/guidance by the entire team of Divemasters Jessie, Hector, Victor and Arturo (thanks for amusing and informative lectures). Finally, frequent updates and briefings from Capt Lowell delivered with bone-dry humour were always appreciated. It was a long way to come but 100% worth it. Thanks Guys.

–Justin Cozens, UK


Guadalupe Great White Shark
Ich hatte nicht die geringste Vorstellung was mich erwartet!
Kurz gesagt: Es ist einfach atemberaubend und eine absulute Empfehlung!
Angefangen bei den herrlichen Tieren, die alles andere als gefährlich wirken, wie auch die sehr professionelle Art und Weise wie die gesamte Mannschaft die Tage organisiert!
Ich hatte am Anfang etwas Zweifel wegen dem ‘Anfüttern’ der Haie. Aber auch das war unbegründet! Auf jedem Trip darf hierfür nur limitiert Thunfisch mit genommen werden und es dient nicht zur Fütterung der Tiere, sondern lediglich der ‘Anlockung’!
Das Käfigtauchen selbst ist einfach unbeschreiblich schön und es gehört definitiv zum beeindruckensten was ich bis jetzt unternommen habe! Ich habe alles in allem 13 Stunden im ‘Käfig’ verbracht!
Und nicht zuletzt sorgt die gesamte Manschaft dafür, das es uns an nichts fehlt! Keiner ist sich für irgendwas zu schade! Selbst der Kapitän hilft Dir beim Anziehen! Einen herzlichen Dank an alle Manschaftsmitglieder, die wirklich Alles für unser Wohlbefinden tun!

San Benito & Cedros
Die Unterwasserwelt von Benita ist was ganz besonderes! Sieht aus wie ein riesiger Palmengarten. Sehr verwinkelt und hinter jeder Biegung gibt es was neues zu entdecken! Mal etwas ganz anderes und ‘unheimlich’ schön!
Die Seelöwen Kolonie auf Cedros war wie ein grosser Kindergarten! Die tobten und tanzten wie ausgelassen um uns Taucher herum! Ein Riesenspaß! Ebenfalls eine Erfahrung, die ich froh bin gemacht zu haben!

Roca Partida
Der kleine Fels inmitten des Pazifiks ist einfach einzigartig! Alleine hier kan man 7 unterschiedlichen Haiarten begegnen, die da sind: White tip, Silky, Dusky, Galapagos, Silvertip, Hammerhead and Whaleshark! Und das Beste war: mit Ausnahme des Whaleshark, waren alle da! Unglaublich! Ein fantastischer Platz! Die zwei Tage und insgesamt 8 Tauchgänge vergingen wie im Traum! So unfassbar schön!

San Benedicto Boiler & Cañon
El Boiler = Manta City
Jede Art von Mantas gaben sich hier die Ehre – der schiere Wahnsinn! Einfach irre!
El Cañon = Silky&Silver Shark City
Unglaublich wie ‘zutraulich’ diese Tiere sind! Ich wiederhole mich ja ungern; aber auch das war unfassbar beeindruckend! Mantas, Hammerheads und jede Menge Lobster waren ebenfalls zu sehen! Ein super Tauchplatz!

Soccorro
Auch die letzten drei Tauchgänge der Tour waren sensationell! Gleich beim ersten Tauchgang gabs Bottlenose Dolphins, Mantas und Hammerheads – beim zweiten und dritten gabs jedes mal Mantas – einmal drei und einmal wenigstens einen!

Diese Tour kann man zu 100% empfehlen! Natürlich braucht es immer eine Portion Glück um das alles erleben zu können! An dieser Stelle gilt mein besonderer Dank der ganzen Mannschaft, deren unermüdlicher Einsatz dies alles erst ermöglichte!

–Edi aus Bayern, Deutschland (Germany)


We are just on the way back to the coast. Spend some of the best diving adventure I’ve ever had in my life. And I travelled a lot and had some dives in the past. If someone would have told me there might be the chance to have lots of different sharks, like Silvertips, Whitetips, Galapagos shark or Hammerhead and then several huge Mantas cruising around, a whale shark and Dolphins at just one or two dives, I would have put this into the corner of the diver myths! But it happened exactly like this. These spots belong definitely to the best diving spots on our planet. The beautiful landscape above and underwater, the wildlife, that invites us to see, to be part if it is awesome. This is what you feel, if a dolphin comes so close looking into your eyes and spending time with you in the water. This is absolutely worth the long way!

Very special thanks to the whole crew, that made this trip to what it was. They are working hard the whole day, starting before guests get up and working till late. What I really liked that all crew members were a team, working together and helping each other. Thanks Anna, it just seems like you are working 24h a day, reading the guests wishes from their eyes anytime… just wondering if you never sleep?! Everyone gave me the feeling that they like what they do and this makes sometimes the difference. I really enjoyed these two weeks on the Nautilus UnderSea so much and would love it to do another trip!

–Uwe

 

Dolphins visit divers at Socorro. Photo by Uwe Simon
Dolphins visit divers at Socorro. Photo by Uwe Simon

Eccomi, di ritorno, con nel cuore Revillagigedo ancora e per sempre. La sua Anima fatta di puro Blu mi ha regalato la sua Magia. Mante Mante Mante, tantissime, da non poterle contare. Delfini, Squali.. tutti.. Galapagos, Silky, Silver e White Tip, Hammerhead e, si anche lui, lo Squalo Balena!!
Grazie a tutto lo Staff, sempre presente, sempre sorridente, sempre pronto ad ascoltare. Grazie NUS, grazie Compagni di questo magnifico Viaggio.

–Silva, Italy


Was soll man sagen, einfach nur “WOW”, der Reposition Trip bietet wirklich alles was das Taucherherz begehrt, riesige Mantas, grosse Weisse Haie, etliche weitere Arten von Haien in allen Größen und die Crew der “Belle Amie” versüßt einem das Leben zu jeder Zeit auf höchstem Niveau. Ein ganz besonderes Highlight war keins mit den “Grossen”, sondern eins mit den ganz “kleinen”, das Tauchen mit den verspielten jungen Seelöwen in San Benito und Cedros. Wir freuen uns alle auf die zweite Hälfte des Trips…

–Jerome


When I came onboard I had a big WOW effect, I was amazed about the high maintenance level of the Nautilus Belle Amie The welcome was more than great, the hostesses did an amazing job, beautiful and charming girls that are constantly happy and on top of everything during the whole trip. It seems they still enjoy serving me espressos… and I drink a lot… they do still with a smile! And they still clean my room that honestly is a mess.

Diving was and is still stunning, divemasters are everywhere, working hard but always friendly, funny and helpful with all requests divers might have and we all know divers are a pain in the ass. Great guys, awesome individuals, amazing team players and very professional. Very good briefings and great presentations about sharks and mantas on top. My expectations more than fulfilled. Galley crew is incredible… I am not hungry since days anymore, but I still eat… it tastes tooo delicious… and that 5 times a day!

And then of course the guys that have non-guest facing jobs like CE, CO and 2nd mate. They help on dive deck, ride the RHIBs and are present wherever its needed. I always felt safe during sailing or anchoring and I know how hard night watches can be… thumbs up for those superheroes without capes that we never see flying.

All in all, Captain TJ has an amazing crew and it seems he is more the big brother of those guys than the hard salty dog that has to kick a**… He always informed us about what’s going to happen, schedule, weather conditions, diving, sailing, safety and boat drills, you name it… he is everywhere and do it all, he might have super powers too. Standing ovations for an American captain which earns the respect of his crew naturally…

I didn’t mention any names because it would be more than unfair to pick someone out… this amazing operation is a big big team effort and each crew member is a very precious part of it… a puzzle piece of this big picture that I am almost blinded by (and guys I really try to feedback low profile).

Big up for the entire crew and the guys in the offices for that more than well organised operation. I know there might be personal frictions and technical problems here and there but as guests we never felt any issues, big up for that too.

For the dive: It can’t get much better… No words… just shark, shark, shark… still speechless. No lie. Come and see yourself. Thank you guys, for that unforgettable trip and for feeling home for 2 weeks!

–Pascal G.

 

📷 by Uwe Simon

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