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MV Nautilus Explorer

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Nautilus Explorer is a purpose-built steel-hulled Mexico liveaboard designed to accommodate up to 25 divers on cruises around some of Mexico's best dive sites including Socorro, Guadalupe and the Sea of Cortez.

Length: 26 metres / 86 foot
Beam: 8 metres / 27 foot
Cruise: 10 knots
Divers: 25
Enriched air nitrox is available here
Mexico liveaboard, the Nautilus Explorer

Space has been maximised in the design to ensure that even with a full boat you can always find a quiet spot on this 35m long motor yacht. The air-conditioned saloon, dining area and sundecks are the main social spots. The saloon features comfortable seating, an extensive reading library and a well-stocked bar. Organised videos and presentations take place on board to expand your knowledge. On the sun deck there is a hot tub from which to sip a cocktail and gaze out over the Pacific.

Accommodation ranges across 5 price brackets, from 3-share cabins on the lower deck, to single traveller cabins, and to the enormous Premium Suite with ensuite bathroom, TV, DVD, bath tub and large picture window. Homemade soups, bread and desserts compliment up to 4 meals a day with an emphasis on western cuisine with a few Mexican specialties to spice things up. Food, much like the overall experience of Nautilus Explorer, is enjoyable, varied and satisfying.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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January 2015
Dep: 7 Jan Ret: 16 Jan Socorro Islands US$ 2,995
February 2015
Dep: 23 Feb Ret: 4 Mar Socorro Islands US$ 2,995
March 2015
Dep: 18 Mar Ret: 27 Mar Socorro Islands US$ 2,995
April 2015
Dep: 15 Apr Ret: 24 Apr Socorro Islands US$ 2,995
May 2015
Dep: 13 May Ret: 22 May Socorro Islands US$ 2,995
Dep: 23 May Ret: 2 Jun Socorro Islands US$ 3,295
June 2015
Dep: 3 Jun Ret: 13 Jun Socorro Islands US$ 3,295
Dep: 14 Jun Ret: 24 Jun Socorro Islands US$ 3,295
July 2015
Dep: 28 Jul Ret: 2 Aug Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
August 2015
Dep: 2 Aug Ret: 7 Aug Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
Dep: 17 Aug Ret: 22 Aug Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
Dep: 22 Aug Ret: 27 Aug Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
Dep: 27 Aug Ret: 1 Sep Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
September 2015
Dep: 1 Sep Ret: 6 Sep Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
Dep: 16 Sep Ret: 21 Sep Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
Dep: 21 Sep Ret: 26 Sep Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
Dep: 26 Sep Ret: 1 Oct Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
October 2015
Dep: 1 Oct Ret: 6 Oct Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
Dep: 6 Oct Ret: 11 Oct Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
Dep: 11 Oct Ret: 16 Oct Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
Dep: 16 Oct Ret: 21 Oct Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
Dep: 21 Oct Ret: 26 Oct Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
Dep: 26 Oct Ret: 31 Oct Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
Dep: 31 Oct Ret: 5 Nov Guadalupe Island US$ 2,750
November 2015
Dep: 5 Nov Ret: 20 Nov Socorro-Guadalupe US$ 5,095
December 2015
Dep: 8 Dec Ret: 16 Dec Socorro Islands US$ 3,081
Dep: 16 Dec Ret: 24 Dec Socorro Islands US$ 3,081
Dep: 24 Dec Ret: 30 Dec Socorro Islands US$ 3,081

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More Trip Details....

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, transfers (for Guadalupe trips) to the boat from the hotel, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemasters (1 guide for 12 divers), standard tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory): Scuba equipment (US$ 215 per week), port fee (US$ 65). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (customers might provide their own where appropriate at no extra cost).

Optional extras: Transfers (for Socorro trips) to the boat from the airport/hotel, alcoholic drinks, steel and specialised tanks, nitrox fills for enriched air divers, rebreather support (including zorb), gas mixes. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Socorro: MV Nautilus Explorer departs in the morning from Cabo San Lucas for trips to the Socorro islands. Guests fly into San Jose del Cabo airport approximately 45 minutes drive from Cabo San Lucas. You should plan to arrive the day before departure. The boat will spend the last night of the trip in the harbour and disembark the morning of the last day. Guadalupe: For trips to Guadalupe, MV Nautilus Explorer departs from Ensenada, Mexico. Most guests arrive in San Diego, California the night before departure and stay at the Ramada hotel. On the day of departure a luxury coach will pick guests up at 19:30 pm from the Ramada hotel and transport you to Ensenada. The boat returns to port at 14:00 pm and the coach will arrive in San Diego between 20:00 and 22:30 pm. it is recommended that flights are scheduled for the following day.

For more information see our Mexico tourist information section.

Non-diver rate: Non diver price: There is no discount for non-divers.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single traveller may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 25% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 11 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge. See whole boat charter prices below.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Socorro (9 night trips) - US$ 7,654, Socorro (10 night trips) - US$ 7,578, Guadelupe (5 night trips) - US$ 12,650.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
The Nautilus Explorer accommodates 25 guests in 13 cabins, each with its own private bathroom. There are 6 Standard double/twin bunk bed cabins, 1 3-share single bed cabin and 2 Single bed cabins on the lower deck, each with portholes for natural lighting. There are also 3 13mē Superior Suites on the upper deck, each with a queen size double bed and windows.

There is also a huge Premium Suite on the upper deck. This grand cabin also has a window and a private bathroom with bath tub, as well as its own lounge with TV, DVD plyer and sofa.

Premium Suite onboard Nautilus Explorer All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning (individual control in suites) and fans
  • Windows or portholes
  • En-suite bathroom with toilet and hot water shower, hand basin, toiletries and towels
  • TV and DVD player (suites only)
  • Lounge with sofa, and bath tub (Premium Suite only)
  • Reading lights
  • Wardrobe/bureau, shelves and mirror
  • 2 flat pin sockets for 110V electricity
  • Bedding and luggage space
  • Life jackets
  • Fire warning system
No. of bathrooms / showers - 14 / 15 - hot water

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Crew, facilities, dive courses...
The sundeck hot tub on Nautilus Explorer The crew of 10 comprise:
  • Cruise Leader/Divemaster
  • 2 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Captain's Mate/Deck Hand
  • Cook
  • Engineer/Deck Hand
  • 2 Stewards
  • Deck Hand
Nitrox - 2 or 3 Motorised dive skiffs - 15mē Dive deck & 15mē platform with ladder, hot water showers and toilet - Camera table and separate rinse tank - 50mē Main deck air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD, music system, computer, diving movies, and fish ID books - 64mē Restaurant with bar and water dispenser - Satellite telephone - 64mē Sundeck with sun beds - 25mē Shaded open-air area

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Menu, cuisine type...
Nautilus Explorer takes pride in having a menu that is varied and uses the freshest ingredients possible. The chef makes his own soups, desserts, salad dressings, breads, buns and pastries. Each day consists of pre-breakfast, followed by a hot cooked breakfast, deli-style lunch and a plated evening meal. The cuisine is a mix of international favourites plus Mexican specialties. You can also enjoy a BBQ on the upper deck or onshore during your trip.

  • The Nautilus Explorer's indoor saloonMexican and international meals - 6 different dishes per sitting.
  • Air-conditioned dining area with buffet meals and waitress service.
  • Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
  • Snacks include ice cream, biscuits, fruit, freshly-baked bread and buns.
  • Coffee, tea, drinking water and soft drinks are all provided free of charge.
  • Beer, wine and liquors are available for purchase on board.
  • All dietary requirements can be catered for - please send advanced notice.
  • Cruise dining service begins at guest check-in.
Sample meals: A Dungeness crab feast; Nautilus burgers; the highest quality spring (king) salmon caught off the Queen Charlotte Islands; Beef, chicken and vegetarian tostadas ...

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technical specifications...
  • Mexico diving safaris with Nautilus ExplorerBuilt in year 2000
  • Refitted annually
  • Size - 25.9m x 8.2m
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 knots
  • 2 x 660 HP Cummins engines
  • 2 x 70 KW Cummins generators
  • 3 x Daver dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • 12 & 15 litre aluminium & steel scuba tanks with DIN/yoke valves
  • Electricity 110V 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 30,000 litres
  • Fresh watermaker - 15,000 litres/day
  • Fuel capacity - 45,000 litres
  • Waste storage tank

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navigation, safety features...
  • Great white shark cage diving with Nautilus Explorer at Guadalupe Island - photo courtesy of Richard SalasSOLAS safety certified vessel
  • 2 x Life rafts (40 pax)
  • 2-3 x 50 HP Nissan skiffs
  • Furuno radio
  • Furuno GPS
  • Furuno radar
  • Nobeltec plotter
  • Furuno sounder
  • Comnav autopilot
  • Bile pump alarm
  • Searchlight and horn
  • EPIRB
  • Pilot satellite phone
  • Oxygen - 11,400 litres
  • Medic first aid box
  • Full alarm system
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Life jackets throughout
  • Customer dive insurance NOT provided and is MANDATORY - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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layout plans...
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