Nautilus Explorer is a purpose-built steel-hulled Mexican liveaboard designed to accommodate up to 27 divers on safaris around some of Mexico's best dive sites including Socorro, Guadalupe and the Sea of Cortez.
Space has been maximized in the design to ensure that even with a full boat you can always find a quiet spot on this 116 ft (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. Organized 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 from the liveaboard over the Pacific.
Accommodation ranges across 4 price brackets, including 2 and 3-share staterooms on the lower deck, 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 diving safari experience of Nautilus Explorer, is enjoyable, varied and satisfying. Your safety in the water is a priority as evidenced by the use of Nautilus Lifeline lost diver devices.
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 liveaboard cruises. However this operator recommends...
Socorro cruises - Advanced Open Water certification (or equivalent) and 50 logged dives.
Guadalupe cruises - Open Water Diver certification for deep cages; no scuba 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 5 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$ 101 per diving day), port fee per cruise (US$ 35). 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 Explorer 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 the boat 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 Explorer departs in the evening from Ensenada, Mexico. Most guests meet us in the afternoon at our 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. Sea of Cortez: Check in on the start date of your cruise at the SeeCreatures Center, Cabo San Lucas to drop your luggage and arrange a pre-boarding antigen test. The day can be spent at your leisure but you must be back at the SeeCreatures Center at 16:45 hrs, ready to board at 17:30 hrs. The boat sets sail that evening and you can enjoy cocktails as you head north. The last dive of the trip will be at around 5 pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. You will disembark at around 8:30 hrs on the morning of the last day. We recommend you book any outwards flights on that day no earlier than 11:00 hrs.
For more information see our Mexico tourist information section.
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.
The Nautilus Explorer liveaboard accommodates 27 guests in 13 cabins, each with its own private bathroom. There are 9 cabins on the lower deck, each with portholes for natural lighting: 6 twin-bed staterooms, 2 double bed staterooms and 1 3-share stateroom.
There are 3 140 ft² (13m²) Superior suites with windows on the upper deck, either with a queen size double bed or twin beds. 2 have doors opening directly outside and the third has a large TV and DVD player.
There is also a huge Premium suite on the upper deck. This grand cabin also has a floor-to-ceiling picture window and a private bathroom with bath tub, as well as its own lounge with TV, DVD player and sofa.
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)
Nitrox - 2 or 3 Motorized dive skiffs - 161ft² (15m²) Diving deck & 161ft² (15m²) platform with ladder, hot water showers and toilet - Camera table and separate rinse tank - 540ft² (50m²) Main deck air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD, music system, computer, wifi (stabilized gyro satellite system) diving movies, and fish ID books - 689ft² (64m²) Restaurant with bar and water dispenser - Satellite telephone - 689ft² (64m²) Sundeck with sun beds and jacuzzi - 270ft² (25m²) Shaded open-air area
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 dive safari.
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 liquor 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 ...