Nautilus Belle Amie
Liveaboard At A Glance
The Nautilus Belle Amie is a 41m steel hulled liveaboard purpose built for divers. She spends part of the year diving with the great whites of Guadalupe Island and the rest of the year with the giant mantas, sharks, dolphins, humpbacks and whalesharks at the Socorro Islands.
Belle Amie is a modern boat with super high tech communications, email and 'internet at sea' and has high safety standards. A wide beam and deep draft make her a very stable vessel and ideal for the ocean crossings between the Mexican mainland and the islands. She is run by a dedicated and professional crew who will aim to exceed your expectations.
Comfortable accommodation and faciltites are spread over four decks. The partially shaded sun deck has a bar, hot tub, sun loungers and wonderful ocean views. The main deck has a very spacious dive deck, dining area, bar and spacious lounge with plenty of seating as well as TV and charging stations. Guest accommodation is spread between the upper, main and the lower decks offering a choice of cabin category with flexible configurations giving a choice of single, double/twin, triple and quadruple occupancies.
Above images: by kind permission of Nautilus and Marcel Wilerpnig.
There are two luxurious Premium Suites on the main deck with large windows, plenty of sunlight and flatscreen TV. These cabins are really spacious, have kingsize beds and en-suite bathrooms with showers.
Six Superior Suites are located on the upper deck, with convenient access to the sun deck and main deck, they also have large double windows. These are good sized cabins with kingsize beds and en-suite bathrooms with showers.
On the lower deck are nine Staterooms - eight of these can be single, twin or double occupancy and one cabin, the only cabin with bunk beds, offers affordable quad occupancy.
Depending on cabin configuration, Belle Amie can accommodate 28-30 guests when fully booked.
There is good water pressure and lots of hot water - so you can take as many showers as you like!
Meals are all served buffet style and the bar is stocked with a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits.
Internet is available via WiFi.
The diving on Belle Amie is run by 3 - 4 Dive Masters.
The dive platform is a really spacious area and all divers have plenty of room for their kit.
Diving takes place from three large, high speed inflatables.
She is rebreather friendly and has a nitrox membrane system.
GUADALUPE: The three submersible 'double decker' cages are used at Guadalupe Island for diving with the Great Whites. Each cage taking three divers and one dive master, rotating three times a day.
SOCORRO: The isolated Socorro Islands are a magnet for marine life, with schooling fish swarming around the rugged walls and slopes. Predatory jacks, marlin and sharks patrol the waters and huge playful manta rays come in to interact with divers.
Add to this the seasonal appearances of migratory humpback whales and you are hard pressed to find a more varied and exciting dive destination.
For trips to Socorro you will need to fly to San Jose del Cabo in Mexico. There are several flight options connecting via the States and an overnight in either Dallas or Houston may be required. On arrival into San Jose del Cabo next day you will have a 25 minutes drive from the airport to Cabo San Lucas Harbour and we recommend you stay for one night here in one of the many hotels available. The next morning, at around 8am, you will board the Nautilus Explorer and set off on a 24 hours sea crossing to the Socorro Islands.
For trips to Guadalupe you will need to fly to San Diego in California. There are various airlines travelling to San Diego daily, including direct services with British Airways and American Airlines from London Heathrow. An overnight hotel maybe be required in San Diego before and after the liveaboard trip - depending on the flight schedules. Transfer from San Diego to the harbour at Ensenada takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.
Late morning departure from London Heathrow to Houston, arriving in the evening the same day. Transfer to your hotel for one night
Transfer to airport for flight to Cabo San Lucas. Transfer to Cabo San Lucas Harbour for your overnight hotel accommodation.
Board the Nautilus Belle Amie liveaboard at around 8am and set sail for the 24 hour ocean voyage to the Socorro Islands
Arrive Socorro and begin 6 days of fantastic diving around the islands with typically 3-4 dives per day.
After your last day’s diving enjoy a relaxed dinner before setting off for the overnight journey back to port
Arrive Cabo San Lucas in the evening and spend your last night on board the Nautilus Belle Amie.
Disembark the liveaboard in the morning and transfer to the airport for your return international flight home
Morning arrival to the UK
1nt Houston + 1nt Cabo San Lucas + 8nts Nautilus Belle Amie liveaboard from £3,203pp plus £428pp taxes.
Price includes return international flights to San Jose del Cabo from the UK on United Airlines via Houston, with one night's hotel accommodation there en-route. In Cabo San Lucas it includes one night's accommodation in a twin/double share room.
For Nautilus Belle Amie it includes 8 nights accommodation in a twin/double cabin, all meals, snacks and soft drinks, and up to 4 guided dives per day with use of tanks and weights on air.