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Nautilus Explorer Liveaboard

Nautilus Explorer
Nautilus Explorer Liveaboard


Destination: Mexico

Socorro & Guadalupe (5-10 Nights) | From $350++/night

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Luxury dive liveaboard serving small groups of divers in Guadalupe and the Socorro Islands, the Nautilus Explorer was custom built for diving and designed to offer the highest level of comfort and safety for its guests. Expect spacious rooms and cabins, convenient layout for diving, first-class facilities, top-notch dining services and excellent dives throughout your trip.


Why You'll Like Nautilus Explorer

  • Custom built for divers
  • Extra comfort with hot tub, ample fresh water and near silent generators
  • Air conditioning and heating throughout
  • 13 cabins/25 guests/4 dive pros
  • Free transfers from/to the airport
  • Up to 4 meals a day included: buffet and table service combining American, European and Mexican tastes


Liveaboard Locations

The trips to Socorro start and end in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, while the trips to Guadalupe starts and ends in San Diego, California.


Dive Overview

Excellent pelagic and shark diving. Huge manta rays, sharks and humpback whales are some of Socorro’s underwater stars. As for Guadalupe, be prepared to make all your great white dreams country by joining liveaboard trips between August and October.

[Read More: Socorro and Guadalupe Dive Travel Guides]

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Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Nautilus Explorer Cabin Details

  • Triple Stateroom - J
  • Triple stateroom with private ensuite. Bunk bed on one side. Double bed on the other side.
  • Premium Suite - Emerald
  • On the Nautilus Explorer, one large premium suite is available on the upper deck and is twice the size of the other suites. It has a separate bedroom and lounge, each with a large flat screen TV, ensuite with full-size bathtub and shower.
  • Superior Suites - Dofleini, Rosario, Nautilus
  • Three superior suites on the upper deck with large windows, desk and wardrobes. Two of these suites have doors that open directly outside. The third suite boasts a large flat screen TV.
  • Staterooms - A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H
  • The lower deck has 8 comfy staterooms and are approx. 90 square feet with central air conditioning. Six of the staterooms have side by side beds. Two of the staterooms have large full beds and additional storage area. An affordable triple occupancy stateroom is also available.

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Stateroom (L) & Triple Stateroom (R) 

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General Facilities

Boat Features, Facilities and Photos

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Nautilus Explorer General Features

  • Sun Deck: 2 on the upper deck and 1 hot tub deck
  • Indoor Lounge: 1 in front of the dive deck with PC and Mac computers and a 42-inch TV
  • Air Conditioning: In all indoor areas
  • Other Facilities: Photo station, camera room, charging stations, camera station, separate camera rinse
  • Food & Drinks: 4 meals/day. American, European, Mexican cuisine with a mix of buffet and table service. Breads and pastries baked on board. Beer, wines and spirits available.
  • Internet: Available at an extra charge


Deck Plan

Nautilus Explorer Layout


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Schedule, Rates & Availability

Nautilus Explorer Liveaboard Schedule & Rates

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Prices are per person in USD and include 5% tax, which is often not included on other websites. Scroll down to see the full inclusions & exclusions.  Click on 'Booking Request' to see cabin options and to book.


Package Inclusions

  • Mexican VAT (IVA tax has been harmonized at 16% across Mexico. The original 11% tax and the 5% increase in tax are included in the prices)
  • Use of sea kayaks (except Guadalupe great white shark cage diving trips)
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Diving, tanks and weights
  • 3 to 4 dives per day
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks


Package Exclusions

  • Prices do not include departure tax, possible fuel surcharge & crew gratuities
  • Single supplement. For same gender room mate please book a shared stateroom or suite
  • Submersible dives
  • Rebreather service available at an extra cost
  • Dive equipment rental
  • $65 port fee payable by cash onboard
  • Nitrox and argon fills
  • Alcoholic beverages
  •  Transfers between airport and hospitality suite

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Rates & Availability

For more information on the rates and on availability email us at or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation! 

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Socorro Itinerary Overview

Socorro Island is part of the Revillagigedos, a group of small islands off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. Dive sites include Socorro, San Benedicto & Roca Partida but may change due to ocean conditions. The manta behavior here is unique in the world. The 12-to-16-foot giant mantas of Socorro seek out intimate interactions with divers. They communicate with us, from locking eyes in a first contact to gently swimming just overhead to be tickled by bubbles. Sometimes they hover alongside or underneath a diver, where they often stay, curious and seemingly in want of a connection that has left more than one diver with tears of joy.

It’s one of the reasons we stay committed to the Socorro Islands (a.k.a. the Revillagigedo Archipelago), well worth the full-day motor south from Cabo San Lucas. Volcanic in origin, these islands serve as an oasis amid the Sea of Cortez, 250 miles off the Baja Peninsula coast. The raw lava flows and active volcanoes in these islands resemble the lost world of “Jurassic Park,” which seems fitting as these outpost islands, including 

Roca Partida, beckon not just to giant mantas but to a host of big animals.

Your journey will include four dives per day (subject to weather and unforeseeable circumstances)—each an opportunity to encounter resident pods of playful dolphins. You may also see up to 10 varieties of shark: schooling scalloped hammerheads, solitary giant hammerheads, Galápagos, whitetip reef, silver-tip, silky, tiger and oceanic whitetips. The list also includes whale sharks and dusky sharks and on occasion even a thresher shark.

On most days, we enjoy visibility of 70 to 100 feet. When the current picks up, the ash from these volcanic isles can rise, reducing the visibility to 30 feet. For the wide-angle experience that is big-animal diving, this isn’t ideal. But, we’re still cruising one of the most pristine underwater environments—so we then choose dives where we’re closer to the reefs and marine life such as eels, octopuses and Socorro lobsters.


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Guadalupe Itinerary Overview

Guadalupe Island is a volcanic island 150 miles off the west coast of Baja California and outperforms every other great white shark destination with shark-seeing consistency and beautiful diving conditions.

Great white shark encounters at Guadalupe Island are nothing short of spectacular. Guadalupe feels like a remote outpost at the end of the earth but is actually incredibly easy to get to. Our trips meet in San Diego, California with coach transfers to Ensenada, Mexico. It’s the best destination in the world for calm, clear water and a consistently high probability of multiple shark encounters per day.

The sheer number of animals in the bay we dive is jaw-droppingly amazing. We see great whites on three out of four dives. The bay itself is home to 228 recognized individuals ranging from 12 to 19 feet long! At times, we have seen as many as nine sharks on one dive—and that’s because Guadalupe is just the sort of place where magic regularly happens in the water.

All certified divers will have the opportunity for a minimum of three dives per day in the submersible cages—and your trip includes the opportunity for unlimited time in the surface cages. Divemasters are in the water during every submersible-cage dive to ensure your safety. Note that the surface cages open at 6:30 a.m., and diving in the submersible cages begins at 8 a.m. Both are available until dusk.


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Other Information

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Boat Specifications

  • Year Built: 2000
  • Length: 116 feet
  • Beam: 27 feet
  • Construction Material: Steel hull
  • Speed: 12-knot maximum service speed
  • Water capacity: Unlimited with high capacity watermaker
  • Compressors: 2 x water cooled Coltri MC-30
  • Rebreather friendly
  • Dive skiffs: 3 x high-speed large inflatables
  • Passengers: 25
  • Crew: 10-11
  • Cabin: 13


Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC-6
  • Local Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)
  • Language Spoken: English & Spanish
  • Payment Onboard: Cash, Visa & Mastercard

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Underwater Photos

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Socorro Underwater Pictures

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Guadalupe Underwater Pictures

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Reviews (7)

United States

I was fortunate enough to be in Guadalupe Island in 2018 on the Nautilus Explorer. We sailed in the end of July and it was a trip of a lifetime! Guadalupe is a little difficult to get to - it's a 3 hour bus ride from San Diego to board the ship in Ensenada, Mexico, followed by a 20 hour sail to reach the island. The crossing can be rough when winds/waves are up...but when you arrive it's all worth it! You are anchored in the leeward side of the island so the ocean was as smooth as a swimming pool the whole time. You could actually see the sharks pretty well from the deck!

We had sharks there all 3 days, all day long every day. There seem to be more sharks there than in the past? According to the crew, the seal populations have increased over time and have allowed the sharks to do the same. The sequence on day one starts with alternating 1 hour in a cage and 1 hour out so that everyone gets equal time in the cages. However, starting on day 2, the cages were not always full - so you could stay longer if you wanted. The water in late July was as warm as it gets - mid 70's F - so you need a thick suit/dry suit to maximize time in the water.

As for the ship, the food was good and the staff was great! Very energetic bunch and they took care to make sure we were well taken care of. Would highly recommend it!

Bottom line - if you have always wanted to see Great Whites, this is the BEST place in the world to do so. The visibility is as good as it gets there (80 - 100 feet?). Keep in mind that in cage diving you have only a wetsuit and weights - no BC or tanks - so you can expect to wear 30 - 40 lbs of weight just to be able to submerge. Also realize that there is nothing else to see in the water when the sharks are not around, so there may not be something to see all the time. Even so, one of my best memories of the trip is sitting in the cage by myself at the beginning...waiting...and then having a massive shark shoot up at the bait right in front of me! Hope to visit again someday...

Visited on 07/2018 - Submitted on 05/11/2020

This trip to Guadalupe Island is what I wanted to take but never thought I would. I love sharks and this is an expensive trip. The opportunity came up and I got to go. I was a little worried that the chance of seeing this massive sharks was going to be a little bit of hype. When we arrived on site it took a few hours of slapping the water but when they came they did not stop. I was amazed at the constant arrival of beautiful animals This was for me one of my most memorable experiences.

Besides the outrageous animal experience the boat, crew and accommodations were also top notch. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trip to anyone that loves big fish and good people. The crew were amazing and did whatever it took to make everyone happy. There were a bunch of smiling faces when we landed back in port.


Visited on 05/2020 - Submitted on 05/01/2020

The Nautilus fleet (I've been on both Explorer and Undersea) is top notch. The crew is incredibly friendly and entertaining, they keep their guests safe and the food is amazing. Admittedly some of the rooms can feel a little small but its really not a problem since the only time you're really in them is to sleep and the beds are comfortable. The boat itself is spacious, has plenty of camera space and of course, the crew puts you on the Great Whites. There are no words to accurately describe Great White Sharks. They are incredible, beautiful, powerful and graceful. There is no other feeling like having one of these giant sharks swim by and lock eyes with you as it passes.

Visited on 08/2017 - Submitted on 10/28/2017
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Los Angeles, CA
United States

I went to Guadalupe on the Nautilus Explorer in September 2015. Overall, it was excellent.

Food: We had all types of food allergies on our trip (gluten, dairy, eggs, etc.) and everyone was well accommodated, and the chef paid very close attention to cross contamination. The food consisted of a continental breakfast, full cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Everything was delicious and there was plenty available. It was some of the best food I've had on a liveaboard.

Cabins: I like the fact that the double cabins are side by side beds, not bunks. There's plenty of storage space. By comparison to most other liveaboards, the cabin are a decent size. The shower always had hot water and strong water pressure. The toilet was a real toilet (like you'd find in your house), not a marine toilet. The only complaint I have about the cabins (and why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5) is because the mattresses are really hard. However, I was told that you can ask them to put a comforter between the fitted sheet and the mattress, which would help.

Crew: Stellar. Every one of them. The hostesses are always around to bring you a drink, snack, or whatever you need. The crew will bend over backwards to ensure you have an amazing trip.

Diving: Great white sharks - what's not to love?!? Nautilus Explorer runs an on-time and efficient dive schedule for the submersible cages. The guys on deck are always available to help you don weights or get in/out of the surface cages.

Overall, I was very impressed with this boat and I'm already scheduled to go on Nautilus Explorer again next year.

Visited on 09/2015 - Submitted on 09/30/2015

I went on the Nautilus Explorer for a trip to Guadalupe Island to photograph Great White Sharks. This had been on my bucket list for awhile, and it exceeded my expectations. Despite the long crossing from Ensenada to Guadalupe Island, the trip was well worth it. Seeing the sharks up close and personal was incredible. We had multiple sharks around the cages at all times, which made for great photography. We also had a few visits from seals (including one adventurous seal who chased and nipped at the sharks) and one encounter with a massive school of yellowfin tuna. However, the main attraction at Guadalupe Island is great white sharks. If you are expecting a diversity of wildlife at Guadalupe Island, I would probably suggest going elsewhere. However, if you want to view great whites in good visibility (visibility was consistently 100 ft+), I'd highly recommend Guadalupe Island.

The Nautilus Explorer was the perfect vessel for this trip. The staff is incredibly friendly, the food is great, the rooms are big (especially the master suite, but all rooms were quite nice for a liveaboard), the hot tub is WONDERFUL and the diving is incredibly easy. There are 4 cages on the Nautilus Explorer: two deep cages (40 feet deep), one medium cage (18 feet) and one surface cage. The two shallow cages are always open for divers (first come, first serve), and the two deep cages have schedules that allow for equal viewing among all divers. Shifts in the deep cages are 40 minutes and the time absolutely flies by.

The other nice thing about diving Guadalupe Island on the Nautilus Explorer is that you don't need your Scuba gear. Air is provided from the surface, so you just need a wetsuit and mask.

I would love to go back on the Nautilus Explorer for any of their trips, whether it is back to Guadalupe, the Sea of Cortez, or the Socorro Islands. And for those looking to see or photograph Great Whites, a trip to Guadalupe is a must, especially for those living in the United States. It's way easier to get to San Diego/Ensenada than Australia or South Africa.

Visited on 08/2012 - Submitted on 03/25/2014


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