The 135 ft (41m) long, steel-hulled Nautilus Belle Amie has a wide beam, a deep draft and a bulbous bow and is heavily sound-proofed. This results in a stable, comfortable Mexico liveaboard experience for the maximum 32 guests. This motor yacht is built to meet SOLAS safety standards, is audited annually by BV Bureau Veritas, and provides free Nautilus lifeline lost diver devices. This all provides peace of mind on diving trips to the legendary Socorro Islands and the shark haven of Guadalupe Island.
You can make new friends on the sun deck while sipping drinks from the convenient bar or relax on one of the many loungers taking in views of the Pacific Ocean. The main deck features an additional bar, air-conditioned lounge and dining area, where guests are served delicious international and Mexican inspired meals. These spacious communal liveaboard areas are practical and conveniently located next to the sizeable diving deck where you'll prepare for each exciting dive.
Cabin accommodation ranges in style and price, with all cabins having ensuite bathroom facilities. All cabins, except the 3-share staterrom, have side by side hotel-style beds or full size king beds. The extra large width of the decks can really be appreciated in the spacious cabins. You can shower for hours with the unlimited water-making capacity.
Diver facilities include hot water showers on the dive deck, camera rinse tanks, nitrox and all you need for your rebreather diving. You will also receive a free CD of stills and video from your trip, so you will have a permanent reminder of your awesome Mexican liveaboard experience and your wisdom at choosing Nautilus Belle Amie.
Notes: Mexico is a popular destination with limited liveaboard spaces. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Dive experience: All certified divers may dive on these cruises. However this operator recommends... Socorro cruises - Advanced Open Water certification (or equivalent) and 50 logged dives. Guadalupe cruises - Open Water certification for deep cages but no minimum dive requirements; no license required for surface cages.
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 safaris above including warm-up dive in Cabo San Lucas), experienced English-speaking divemasters (1 guide for 6 scuba divers), standard tanks, weights and weight belts, CD of photos/video at the end of the tour, Nautilus Lifeline marine rescue GPS, Dive Alert, SMB safety sausage, torch, tank beacon, Mexican taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 215 per week), dive insurance, park fees to be paid in advance (Socorro and Guadalupe: US$ 81 per diving day), port fee per cruise (US$ 65). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Transfers (for Socorro tours) to the boat/dive center from the airport (US$ 20), alcoholic drinks, steel and specialized tanks, nitrox fills for enriched air divers (US$ 20 per day), rebreather support (including zorb), gas mixes, Wi-Fi internet (US$ 100 per device per trip). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Socorro: The MV Nautilus Belle Amie liveaboard departs in the evening from Cabo San Lucas for safaris to the Socorro islands. Guests fly into Los Cabos international airport (SJD) approximately 45 minutes drive from Cabo San Lucas and board the evening before the boat departs.
You must meet at the Cabo Dive Center no later than 19:00 hrs on the evening of boarding. It is located next to the Tesoro Hotel on the walkway of Cabo marina. Ideally you should drop by the dive center as soon as you get to town to make sure you are fully prepared for the trip (including a complimentary warm up dive for Socorro guests, if time permits). Boarding is around 20:00 hrs. You should dine in Cabo before boarding since only light snacks are served on the first evening.
The boat will spend the last night of the trip in the harbor and disembark the morning of the last day. Guadalupe: For dive charters to Guadalupe, Nautilus Belle Amie departs in the evening from Ensenada, Mexico. Most guests meet the operator in the afternoon at the Nautilus dive center in Point Loma, San Diego. You must be there before 19:00 hrs for the departure of the luxury coach at 19:30 hrs. We recommend you come to the dive center earlier in the day to arrange any rental gear and ensure you are prepared for the cruise. You should dine in San Diego before boarding the coach since only light snacks are served on the first evening. The coach arrives in Ensenada around 21:30 hrs for departure that night. The boat returns to port at around 15:00 and the coach will arrive in San Diego around 19:00 hrs. Your return flight should not be scheduled earlier than 21:00 hrs.
For more information see our Mexico tourist information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 17:00 on the second last day of the tour. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: None.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 25% of the Double stateroom published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 11 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a 3-share stateroom free of charge (total 12 guests).
One of the lower deck staterooms can be used as a triple-share cabin - please request price details.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): No rates are published. Please contact us if you wish to charter Nautilus Belle Amie. The Nautilus Belle Amie takes 28 guests for Guadalupe and 32 guests for Socorro Island.
17 air-conditioned, en-suite cabins offer a variety of accommodation with prices to match. Choose from the 2 Premium suites on the main deck, 6 Superior suites on the upper deck or 9 Standard staterooms on the lower deck, one of which can be used as a 3-share stateroom. The Premium suites can be combined into one palatial Platinum suite.
All the cabins have:
Air-conditioning (individual control)
Windows or portholes
En-suite bathroom with toilet and hot water shower, hand basin, toiletries and towels
Nitrox - 2 or 3 Motorized dive skiffs - 1615ft² (150m²) Diving deck & platform with ladder, hot water showers and toilet - Separate camera rinse tank - Main deck air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD, music system, computer, diving movies, and fish ID books - WiFi internet - Restaurant with bar and water dispenser - Satellite telephone - Sundeck with sun beds and bean bags - Shaded open-air area
Nautilus Belle Amie aims to be a good friend to your taste buds by providing an array of international and Mexican cuisine on its liveaboard trips. Every full day's dining includes pre-breakfast, a hot cooked breakfast, a lunch in the deli-style, and a plated dinner. There is even a Mexican taco night fiesta! It is all laid on by the resident chef who takes great pride in his creations!
Mexican 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, cookies, 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: Barbecued salmon with local vegetables ...