Captain’s Noon Reports – Explorer – 2023-10-17

NEX is off Isla Margarita today. Wind has been light from the NW, picking up a little this afternoon, now around 10 to 14kts. Seas building a little, 3-4′. Sky clear. Air temp around 27C.

Yesterday we started with some diving at the south end of Isla Margarita. Checkout dive was a bit of a bust, lots of surge, poor viz, no sealions around where they have been the last couple of years. Two afternoon dives much better though around the wash rock and wreck of the Independence. Last night we anchored in Mag Bay at the entrance and this morning loaded up 4 pangas at 0730 for the search.

It’s been a successful day here so far. They found a big mola mola first and from what I hear everyone got in the water with it. They also had some bait balls with sealions and dorados and one with a minke whale coming through after the bait ball. Not clear on if everyone was in on the action but all the pangas were more or less together so hoping all got a good view. Several bait balls in the area today so things looking positive.

Now we are moving towards the south end of IslaMargarita to recover the guests around 2pm.

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Daily dive and conditions reports from our captains onboard the Nautilus Liveaboard vessels.

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