The Nautilus Explorer is a luxury safari boat specializing in pampering small groups of scuba divers on unique diving adventures up and down
the west coast of North America. Our beautiful little ship was custom-designed and built for divers with features including a sparkling-clear hot tub, ample fresh water to shower whenever you like, extensive sound proofing with near-silent generators, cabins with side-by-side beds, a beamy stabilized steel hull for a great ride and safety second-to-none with the same SOLAS certificates as the largest ocean
going cruise ships.
(Giant Mantas, Sharks, Dolphins & Humpbacks)
Socorro is all about amazing interaction with our favourite giant mantas. No other mantas in the world behave like this. We don't know why but we LOVE it!! And the mantas clearly love us back. Aside from the usual interaction with mantas, dolphins and 10 kinds of sharks, 1200 humpback whales migrate down from Alaska at this time of year to mate and breed. You will see loads of whales on the surface and you will hear them singing when you are in the water. Most incredible of all is the opportunity to snorkel with the whales and sometimes even see them during a dive. Please note that cooler waters and humpback whales go hand-in-hand and you can expect water temps 73 - 74 degrees.
(Cage Diving with Great White Sharks)
238 identified great white sharks and counting. Imagine descending to 30 feet and going face-to-face with our big toothy friends in beautiful blue water with typical visibility of 125 + feet. July and August is the best time to see large numbers of rowdy male sharks - we have seen up to 9 sharks at one time! The opportunity for diving is virtually unlimited between between our submersible, suspended and surface cages.
M/V Nautilus Explorer - Built & Launched from Vancouver B.C. in 2000
Schedule: Year round with seasonal destinations
Capacity: 22 Passengers + 10 Crew
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Fuel Capacity: 7,000 gallons
Water: 3,600 gallons per day
Compressors: Nitrox Membrane
Voltage: 110 volts (60Hz)
Safety Aides: EPIRB (emergency position indicator radio beacon)
Socorro Islands (Mantas)
(January - June)
9 Days / 8 Nights
Pricing from $2795
Guadalupe Island (Great White Sharks)(July - November)
6 Days / 5 Nights
Pricing from $2795
- Aluminum 80 tanks
- Weight belts
- Use of sea kayaks (except Guadalupe great white shark cage diving trips)
- Marine ID presentations, zodiac kayaking instruction (except white shark trips).
- Meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages including sodas.
$65usd port fee payable by cash onboard.
We offer a selection of wines, imported and domestic beers, single malt scotches and a variety of spirits.
Nitrox and argon fills.
Rebreather support including zorb and specialized tank rentals.*
(* Limited supply on a first come first serve basis)
100/120 cu. ft. steel tanks (16 lbs more negative than an aluminum 80).
Gift shop purchases.