Built to a very high standard, the 35 metre Nautilus Explorer operates a varied schedule encompassing Socorro, Guadaloupe, Clipperton Atoll, San Benitos and Baja and the Sea of Cortez. She is an ocean going vessel, managed with great care and attention to detail by her Canadian owner operator. Accommodation for 22 guests is in nine state rooms and two suites, all with air conditioning and private bathrooms. Nautilus Explorer is a really well designed ship, purpose built for divers with excellent facilities and even a hot tub on her upper deck! With a vessel of this quality, her itineraries are adventurous and often pioneering. As an agent we always know that our clients will be well looked after on board Nautilus Explorer.
There is a range of levels of accommodation, with nine lower deck State Rooms all with ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning; six have side-by-side beds, two have large double beds and one is a triple occupancy suite with a double bed and two single bunks.
On the hot tub deck there are three Superior Suites with large exterior windows, each with extra space for a desk. Two of these suites have doors opening directly onto the deck. The third has a large flat screen TV and DVD player. Also on the hot tub deck is the Premium Suite, which is double the size of the other suites. It has a separate bedroom and lounge, both with a flat screen TV and DVD player and large windows.
Located immediately forward of the dive deck, the main saloon is a spacious area with plenty of comfortable seating, large picture window, a flat screen TV and DVD player and a bar serving beers and wines. A wonderful selection of food is served buffet style in the forward dining area and you will never go hungry!
Up on the hot tub deck, as well as the hot tub itself there is a camera station and the Superior Suites. The upper sun deck has plenty of room and seating for reading and relaxing.
The dive deck is at the stern of the ship with diver stations for the 22 guests, camera station with work areas and rinse tanks, and an area to hang wet suits.
Most of the diving takes place from the main vessel, with the skiff available on all dives if required.
There is a drying room, which means there is a constant supply of warm towels after each dive.
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.
Schedule & Itinerary
From November to May the Nautilus Explorer operates a schedule of mainly 9 day trips to the Socorro Islands. Guests board in the morning at the main dock in Cabo San Lucas harbour and depart for Socorro shortly afterwards. Example Itinerary Day 1; embarkation and departure to Socorro Day 2 to 7; there are 6 dive days on an 8-night trip visiting 3 different islands of this beautiful remote and deserted archipelago Day 8; arrive at San Jose del Cabo and stay on-board overnight Day 9; disembark after breakfast The above itinerary is a planned itinerary dependent on weather conditions, captains discretion and may be subject to change.
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 is 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.
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 Explorer 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 Explorer
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 Explorer liveaboard from £2650pp plus £420pp 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 Explorer 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.