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  • The Nautilus Undersea crew jumps under sea!

    Undersea – End of Socorro Season!

    As Larry implemented the tradition of end of season, all the crew gather on the swim step of the boat and jump in the water with our uniforms on. It’s been a great season and an amazing way to finish it, Several mantas, tiger sharks, huge tunas, wahoos, silvertips, all the whitetips, and Roca. Magic place. It feels very good to be back on board one of the vessels of the Nautilus fleet. Can’t wait to see the fleet after refit at Guadalupe!! Happy diving. – Mate Joel Ibarra Photos by Kimberly Jeffries  

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  • BOOM! Whales everywhere. A few dolphins were riding the whales bow wake. Yes there were enough of the whales together that they were creating a bow wake.

      This morning myself and four others, after observing several humpbacks cruising around the Nautilus Explorer, went out whale watching. We cruised towards the shore behind us at Punta Tosca searching for a few of the big guys we had seen flopping around on the surface. As we approached a group of three, they suddenly decided they were no longer interested in sticking around on the surface so they sounded and were gone. The whale watchers and I floated around for a few moments when a few more Humpbacks surfaced behind us. We turned and raced towards them but they too decided they had somewhere else to be. It was, to be honest, a little frustrating as there were whales EVERYWHERE but we just were not getting lucky enough to drop in the water with them for a quick snorkel. We decided to head towards the dive site and see if we could track down the huge group of the whales that we had seen earlier in the morning. This group of whales was 6 or 7 in total. I have never seen so many Humpbacks all swimming around together! It was like watching a small island plough through the…

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  • 60 Silky sharks together like a pack of wolves.

    Here we are on a trip of 12 days it have been the best with the weather it is just like a lake we started our dive in San Benedicto it was awesome with a tiger shark just as we went down it stayed around for the whole dive and also hammerhead what away to start the trip . We headed to Roca Partida take advantage of the weather the whales just kept jumping and blowing under water they just sound so close . We started the morning right with the dolphins and sharks from all corner it was unbelievable mantas ,school jacks ,tuna ,and wahoo .we had to stay stayed for 4 days and every day it was even better shark city was out on the run I counted about 60 silkys together like a pack of wolfs . well I will keep you all posted on the way to Socorro so lets see what it have for us .   DM Juan

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  • The water temp is 73 F not too bad, even if it's cold for me, when the whales appear the cold disappears! Best whale encounter that I have ever experienced.

    Here I am back on the go to the best whale encounter that I have ever have experienced . We did our check out at San Benedicto and were just getting everyone ready for the best whale encounter. We started early this morning just to see on the horizon the big blow of the whales all over the place the one that we were looking for was the Mom and the baby. Not too far from where we were going to start off they were just staying in one spot .Well we got in but we started to see a lot of shark like 50 Galapagos, Hammerhead, Silver tip, and White tips just hanging out. We did about a half a turn of the rock and there the mom and the baby just hang at about 30 feet and the visibility is about 80-100 plus… what a good sight to take picture and video of ! Well I dont have the big rigs but my little go pro perfect for the whale I got some real nice video about 15 min we had the whale for 45 min and I left them there. I had enough for today I am…

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  • I've dove Roca Partida hundreds of times, does that make it any less special? Absolutely not. If anything, I am more and more appreciative

    Ya vuelvo a Mexico por fiiiiiin! It’s really good to be back. After spending the last 2 years exploring other parts of the big wide world (hello, Philippines and Indonesia! I’ll be back!) I’m very stoked to have come back to la vida loca del Nautilus Explorer. I’m very happy to have seen some old faces and old friends, beginning at the airport by getting picked up by the one and only Miguel of Faronuevo fame, all the way to exchanging malas palabras in the galley with Enrique the chef/hero. And who can forget the rock stars of the diving world, the very animals we’ve all come so far to see?! The breaching bulls, frolicking calves and tranquil mother humpback whales (who deigned once again to grace us all with a spectacular underwater show today, here at Roca Partida), the graceful and eerie mantas, the happy-go-lucky dolphins, the stately Galapagos and hammerhead sharks, and the delicious-looking yellowfin tuna (hey, we’re not allowed to touch but we can imagine!). As a returning crew member from a long absence from the Nautilus Explorer (and, hopefully, a future new crew member of the sister ship Nautilus Swell) I am thrilled and very fortunate…

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  • Good start for the first day, we started at the dive site The Canyon where we saw Hammerhead, White tip, and Galapagos sharks! The second dive we headed to the Boiler to find the friendly giant mantas!

    I am back from time off I left just as the whales they were coming around. I was thinking about the date that I was to come back just to see the whales. So far we left from Cabo with a group of divers from WIRODIVE for 12 days on the first day we stop at San Benedicto just before we arrive the whales were just breaching all around there were blowing spouts. I was excited to do the checkout dive, the whales were right around the dive site. We started at the dive site The Canyon were we saw Hammerhead, White tip, and a Galapagos sharks! After the second dive we headed to the Boiler to find the friendly giant mantas were there was one that hangs around us that was a good start for the first day. We headed to Roca Partita were I would say it is the shark city. I know that the whales are more friendlier at Roca and better chance of diving with the mom and calf .We left early the same evening to Roca Partita The weather was I would say that it was so calm that we could water ski to cabo…

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  • Incredible diving! Silvertip, hammerheads, dolphins, whale with calf and some ignored Mantas in ONE DIVE. I love Roca Partida!

    Start with the good news, conditions at Socorro Island, although a little windy 10-15 N are very diveable.  Swell is quite small 3-5′ with a 1’chop, skies are sunny with a few clouds, water temp is still warm 25C and vis is good 80 – 100′ or 30 m. The rest of the news is excellent, mother and calf (humpback)showed up during the first dive and have been hanging out around the island as they have for the past two trips. Think we got everyone in for a snorkel with them between dives and then on dive two a 1/2 dozen had the mom and calf do a very slow drive by. So after a slow start the first two days, the action button has definitely been turned up. -Captain Al Incredible diving! Silvertip, hammerheads, dolphins, whale with calf and some ignored Mantas in ONE DIVE. I love Roca Partida! -Best Fishes, Petra Roca Partida oder einfacher gesagt, das Taucherparadies. Hier ein kurzer Ausschnitt: Erster TG: Delphine wo man hin sieht, sie versuchen uns in die Tiefe zu locken und werden des spielens nicht muede. Waehrend der Oberflaechenpause kaum Zeit zum Fruehstueck da Mama Buckelwal u. Kind Showspringen und Flukenklatschen…

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