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 116ft (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.
Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.
Notes: Mexico is a popular destination with limited liveaboard spaces. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
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), experienced English-speaking divemasters (1 guide for 12 divers), standard tanks, weights and weightbelts, 11% Mexican value added tax per cruise.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 215 per week), port fee (US$ 65), dive insurance, 5% Mexican value added tax, on the cruise price to be paid in advance. 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 from the airport/hotel, alcoholic drinks, steel and specialised tanks, nitrox fills for enriched air divers, rebreather support (including zorb), gas mixes. 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 morning from Cabo San Lucas for safaris to the Socorro islands. Guests fly into Los Cabos international airport airport approximately 45 minutes drive from Cabo San Lucas. You should plan to arrive the day before departure. The boat will spend the last night of the trip in the harbor and disembark the morning of the last day. Guadalupe: For dive cruises to Guadalupe, MV Nautilus Explorer departs from Ensenada, Mexico. Most guests arrive in San Diego, California the night before departure and stay at the Best Western Island Palms on Shelter Island Drive. On the day of departure a luxury coach will pick guests up at 19:30 from the Best Western Island Palms on Shelter Island Drive and transport you to Ensenada. The boat returns to port at 14:00 and the coach will arrive in San Diego between 20:00 and 22:30 hrs. It is recommended that flights are scheduled for the following day.
For more information see our Mexico tourist information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 17.00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. 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). See whole boat charter prices below.
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, 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 ...