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  • Captains Noon Report – Explorer

    Location: Boiler, San Benedicto
    Weather: Overcast skies Winds NW 5-10 Seas W 1-3
    Status: Water Temp – 75F Vis – 75 plus

    It’s good to be back at the Boiler!!!. We hit some current along the crossing and we had a later morning ETA into San Benedicto. There is an eerie sense of the weather. Overcast skies with a warm breeze mixed with colder air are a left over reminder of the storms that came through. The water is blue and the first dive back was well worth the wait. Three mantas came swimming up to the guests and dolphins were lingering around during the later part of the dive. A big yellow fin tuna made an appearance swimming just on the break of the visibility. The second dive was a memory maker. There is always at least one dive on each charter that you will always look back on and say I remember that time on the Nautilus when… it was this dive that dreams came true. The radio call from our Bosun Hernan came across sounding very hopeful. A pod of 10 -15 dolphins were on the site. The second dinghy raced out with excited divers. We reached the dive site to see the dolphins just on the opposite side of the Boiler. The dinghy was placed perfectly and splash, we hit the water with a pod of 8 dolphins right next to us. What happened next was just magical. The wide eyed dolphins came in for a look as we descended. All heads turned downward as the dolphins dove below us gathering in a tight group. We free-falled into the blue waters to reach the pods just off the lava ridge at 75 feet. Several dolphins dive bombed us from above and came within arms reach of every one. One of the dolphins decided to hover vertically right in front of one of the guests for 2 or 3 minutes. More dolphins came from out of the blue to join in and now we had 4 to 5 dolphins squeaking and clicking in the group. Within five minutes the dolphins swam out into the slight current. We thought the interaction was over. We headed up to the manta cleaning station and we saw a chevron manta passing below us then make a sweeping turn headed in our direction. With a roundabout turn it gave a quick waft of it’s wing past us. Our heads were turned towards the manta only to be turned again as the dolphins snuck behind us and three were hovering again as our divers swam right up to them. For another 15 minutes all of our attention was consumed by the playful connection and eye to eye contact that each diver had with the dolphins. If that wasn’t enough we had two more mantas com into view and a large yellow fin tuna. White tip reef sharks with an ominous green moray eel rested on a ledge. People will never forget that dive and it’s only the first two dives in the Revillagigedos. Guests are happy, crew are happy. All is happy.
    – Capt. Lowel

  • Captains Noon Report – UnderSea

    Location: Lat. 21 52.2N Long. 110 08.1W
    Status: At sea in our way to San Benedicto 158 NM to go.
    Weather: Wind WNW 15-18 kts. Sea 5-8 ft WNW . Partially cloudy

    Had good dives at La Reina yesterday, then we start our way to San Benedicto. It was a beautiful crossing heading out of the sea of cortez. There is no wind and flat seas. As soon we left the shelter of the Baja Peninsula, winds and seas picked up. We had to continue westward to take weather course to put seas on the stern and calm the rolling movement. Most of guests are ok watching movies and documentaries. Seas are calming down since this morning.
    -Capt. Vicente

  • Captains Noon Report- Belle Amie

    Location: 27.27.00 N – 111.51.39 W

    Yesterday we were on our way to Ildefonso island, Tortuga was our route so we decided to stop for just one dive as the boat was making good time. The dive resulted to be the best of the week, guests were able to see 45 plus feet, water was 76F and they saw tons of turtles, and Mobulas rays by the dozens. They were feeding so they stayed close to where the divers were, there also saw a huge school of groupers feeding. The bottom was filled with many garden eels, of course the highlight of the dive was the whale shark some of the divers saw on their safety stop. So we decided right there to stay here for the remaining of the trip. So we squeeze two more dives in yesterday and stayed for today’s dives. We did taco night last night and all the guests loved it. Today the dives like yesterday were loaded with fish, Mobulas and turtles! One of the guests said he saw a total of 25 turtles!
    – Capt. Beto

  • Captains Noon Report – Explorer

    Location: 22.24.0n 110.01.6w
    Weather: Winds WNW 15 Seas WNW 5 -7

    Had a few dives at La Reina yesterday. Some sea lions around. The first dive was really nice with different species of fish feeding in the mild current. We departed right before sunset to Socorro and we were able to see a marlin or sailfin leap out of the water five times in a row in the waning sun light as the sea turned a burnt orange and red color. We are on our way to dive San Benedicto. Seas and winds picked up considerably as we left the protection of the Baja peninsula. We had to take a weather course because the seas would be beam on and we have 5 -7 footers coming through. Looking to make a turn in three hours or so to put the seas on our stern and calm things down. Making good time which is nice and we should be able to fit in four dives tomorrow. Guests are ready for hot giant manta action. Mexico beat Germany in the World Cup opener for each team so some of the crew is very happy. The Argentinian guests are sad about Messi missing the penalty kick again.
    – Capt. Lowel

  • Captains Noon Report – Explorer

    Location: 24.17.3n 110.20.9w
    Weather: Winds SWS5 – 10

    Calm glass bay waters. Finally we made it through the storm and released by the port captain of La Paz and we are underway!!! We are passing San Rafelito where the surface is hopping with mobula rays jumping out of the water splashing back down and all the guests are on the flybridge getting a good looking. We had some dolphins swim by the vessel as well. We are off to La Reina to dive with sea lions. The guests are excited to swim close with the playful animals. We will be headed to San Benedicto right after the dive. We have some time to make up but things keep getting better and better. Guests are happy, crew good!
    – Capt. Lowel

  • Captains Noon Report- Belle Amie

    Location: we are on our way to ildefonso island another 60NM

    We are doing good time. There is this island on our way called TORTUGA, so we are gonna stop to make one dive then keep on going. The guests got happy with this news. Yesterday in ESTANQUE island near ANGELES BAY we were able to do three dives and they were good, vis was 15 feet, temperature about 60F, guests were happy cause we found all kinds of fish, bat rays, angel shark, and some claim they saw a nurse shark, so today we are sailing a lot but with this stop in tortuga we are gonna make guests happy!
    – Capt. Beto

  • Captains Noon Report – UnderSea

    Location: Lat. 26 37.5N Long. 111 25.98W
    Status: Anchor at SW side of Isla San Idelfonso
    Weather: Wind SSE 8-10 kts. Sea 2-5 ft long swell

    The sun came back today, no clouds.
    Had a great ending yesterday at San Pedro Martir. No current, very good visibility, and a lot of sea lions. Departed from there after the last dive, on our way to San Idelfonso Island. The wind decreased considerably, and there were only 5-9 ft long swell, so weather was better than expected. Arrived this morning at the island to the SW side. 2 NM before arrive to the island we start to see that the water was green, but when we arrive at the anchorage area, we spot a school of dolphins just at the SW point, there were lots of birds too, flying straight to the water to fish. So divers couldn’t wait to get into the water and go with the dolphins. As soon as all divers were in the water dolphins disappeared, as well the birds. Divers came up after 40 min later. They only could see moray eels, jacks, and some fishes. When divers came out the water, dolphins came back, so we took divers on a ride to take pictures closely of the dolphins.
    – Capt. Vicente