Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard Reviews & Specials - Bluewater Dive Travel

Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard

Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard sailing through turquoise water
Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard anchored near an island
The Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard at dock
The Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard sails the open sea
Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard lounge interior
Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard hot tub
Superior cabin interior aboard the Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard
Superior suite interior aboard the Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard
Premium suite interior aboard the Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard

Destination: Mexico

Socorro (8 - 9 Nights) & Sea of Cortez (Cabo Pulmo & Bahía de los Ángeles, 5 Nights) | From $449++/night

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Nautilus Gallant Lady Liveaboard Quick Pitch

Nautilus Gallant Lady is a 116-foot yacht that accommodates just 12 guests in 6 large suites. This beautiful ship combines the luxury of a Broward motor yacht with a thoughtful liveaboard dive boat design. The Lady is available for private charters in the Sea of Cortez, as well as scheduled trips to Bahía de los Ángeles whale sharks or Cabo Pulmo marine park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Liveaboard Locations

The trips to Socorro and Cabo Pulmo start and end in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The trips to Bahia de los Angeles start and end in Ensenada, you can fly in to San Diego, California to start your journey.


Dive Overview

Huge manta rays, sharks, and humpback whales are some of Socorro’s underwater stars. As for Sea of Cortez, expect to see whale sharks, bull sharks, big fish, giant schools of fish, coral reefs, humpback whales in season through mid-January, and much more!

[Read More: Socorro and Sea of Cortez Dive Travel Guides]


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Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Nautilus Gallant Lady's Superior Suite Nautilus Gallant Lady's Premium Suite

Superior Suite (LEFT) & Premium Suite (RIGHT)


Nautilus Gallant Lady Cabin Details

  • Superior Suites - Inde, Dofleini, Rosario, Nautilus & Swell
  • 2 superior suites are located on the main deck and 3 are located on the lower deck. 4 of the suites can be configured with either a California king bed or two doubles, and each suite has a private ensuite bathroom with a shower. All suites have individually controlled A/C.
  • Premium Suite - Emerald
  • This spacious premium suite is on the lower deck and can be configured with either a California king bed or 2 doubles. It has its own private ensuite bathroom with a full-size bathtub.

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General Facilities

Boat Features, Facilities and Photos

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 Nautilus Gallant Lady's lounge Nautilus Gallant Lady's


Nautilus Gallant Lady Boat Features

  • Main salon and dining room with wrap-around view
  • Aft deck
  • Sky lounge
  • Crow’s nest
  • Internet access via WI-FI
  • Satellite phone
  • Camera & photography Station


NAUTILUS Gallant Lady Dive Facilities

  • Dive deck
  • Air fills
  • Nitrox available
  • Rebreather friendly


Deck Plan

Nautilus Gallant Lady Layout

Nautilus Gallant Lady Layout

Nautilus Gallant Lady Layout


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Schedule, Rates & Availability

Nautilus Gallant Lady 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

  • Accommodation
  • All meals (continental breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert), non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks
  • Use of kayaks and stand up paddleboards (on Socorro Island trips only)
  • Weights, weight belts, aluminum 80’s and air, 
  • Daily room service, towels, 
  • In-water divemaster and end of trip slideshow DVD 
  • Onboard facilities such as the hot tub and lounge.


Package Exclusions

  • Port Fee of $65.00 USD per person 
  • Transfers between airport and hospitality suite
  • Gift shop purchases
  • Bar
  • Crew gratuities
  • Dive gear rentals
  • Nitrox is available for $20.00 USD per dive day.
  • Optional wi-fi access on board. 

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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

You can see mantas in many places around the world. But nowhere else boasts a population of giant mantas that literally seek out interaction with divers and snorkelers. The behavior these giant mantas exhibit is almost inexplicable. These gentle giants with a wingspan up to 20 feet consistently approach divers for intimate eye-to-eye encounters. If you are able to be calm and still in the water, you are almost sure to experience what we call “manta love.” While mantas are the main reason to voyage out to Socorro, there are lots of other animals to see, including schooling hammerheads and silky sharks, plus 8 other species of sharks, bottlenose dolphins that consistently hang out with divers at certain dive sites, large schools of pelagic fish, and, in season, humpback whales.

  • Day 1
  • Enjoy hospitality suite at the Tesoro Los Cabos. Boarding begins at 8:00 PM.
  • Day 2
  • At Sea. Evening arrival at San Benedicto Island.
  • Activities:
  • Safety Briefing
  • Diver Orientation
  • Manta 101
  • Cocktail Hour
  • Day 3
  • Diving Day! San Benedicto is home to the friendliest giant mantas in the world!
  • Activities:
  • 4 dives
  • Our famous Mexico Taco Fiesta on the upper deck
  • Manta ID
  • Day 4
  • Dive at Socorro Island. Night snorkel with Silky Sharks.
  • Activities:
  • 3 dives
  • + Snorkeling with silky sharks under floodlights
  • Manta ID
  • Day 5
  • Dive at Socorro Island.
  • Activities:
  • 4 dives
  • Shark Behaviour
  • Manta ID
  • Day 6
  • Dive at Roca Partida.
  • Activities:
  • 4 dives
  • Manta ID
  • Day 7
  • Dive at Roca Partida.
  • Activities: Chase the Ace: Win the jackpot and help conservation Manta ID
  • Day 8
  • Voyage home. Making our way back to Los Cabos.
  • Activities:
  • Ship shop
  • Trip slideshow
  • Cocktail with friends
  • Two guests enjoy the sunset from the sun deck
  • Day 9
  • Disembarkation at 8:30 AM.
  • We recommend that you book your return flights for 10:00 AM or later


Cabo Pulmo Itinerary Overview

The shredded remains of a shipwreck are home to a year-round population of bull sharks. Along the reef, you can expect to see astonishingly large schools of jacks, a good mix of panamic animals, some really big fish, sea lions, turtles, and more. Plus, ever-popular humpback whales are resident through the end of peak season in January.

  • Day 1 - Whisked out to our luxury yacht
  • We recommend flying into Cabo San Lucas (SJD) the day before your trip starts. You never know what the airlines might do with canceled/delayed flights or lost baggage, and coming in early eliminates any stress. Our Cabo Dive Center in the Tesoro Hotel is right on the main boardwalk and we would be pleased to take you out on a complimentary warm-up dive when you arrive.
  • We will meet you at the Dive Center by 8:30 am the next morning to whisk you up to Cabo Pulmo and your waiting yacht. Alternatively, if you fly into Cabo today, we can pick you up at the airport after 1 pm and transfer you directly to Cabo Pulmo. Please note that for the driver’s safety we don’t drive the remote roads after dark and will not be able to accommodate late afternoon arrivals.
  • Appetizers will be waiting for you onboard the Gallant Lady, and after our welcome aboard briefing, we would love to get you in the water for your first dive of the trip!
  • Days 2 through 5 - Submerged in Cabo Pulmo
  • Full dive days plus, of course, much more:
  • It’s entirely your option to start with a lazy morning; otherwise, we’ll have an early breakfast ready and a local captain and divemaster waiting in their panga to speed over to the nucleus zone for a 2-tank dive before lunch. Your yacht will be anchored in the protected and calm waters in front of the beach at “Los Frailes” in compliance with national park regulations and just around the corner from most of the Cabo Pulmo dive sites. We limit each panga to 6 – 8 divers plus divemaster. We may also dive around Los Frailles.
  • After heading back to the Gallant Lady for lunch – and a hot tub?? –  you will have a tough decision to make.  You can choose between heading out for another 2 tank dive, or head off for some kayaking or paddleboarding, take a long walk on the beach, hike into the desert, or go for a mountain bike ride! Or, you might just decide to relax on the yacht. If you are visiting in-season, you may even have a humpback whale or two swim right past the boat!
  • We traditionally have cocktail hour at 6 bells ( or 7 pm, which might be a bit confusing but it’s how we talk as sailors! ) with microbrews, fine wines, single malt whiskey, and our signature gin and tonics. Dinner to follow, then a bonfire on the beach, an evening presentation, and lots of relaxation.
  • Day 6 – Departures
  • The last day of any trip is always sad for us. After breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye. We will likely depart by 1100 for either SJD airport, or the dive center in Cabo San Lucas. If you are joining one of our Guadalupe great white shark trips, we will be sure to provide seamless transfers to connect you with the flight to Tijuana and pick you up in TIJ to transfer you directly to our hospitality suite in Ensenada and your waiting dive ship. If you are joining one of our Socorro trips, you may be able to board same-day in Cabo San Lucas. Otherwise, it’s our job to assist you with arrangements for a local hotel, condo, or private villa.


Bahía de los Ángeles Itinerary Overview

Bahía de los Ángeles is a small fishing village of 1000 people that lies nestled between the rugged Sierra San Borja Mountains and the sparkling water of the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California). Every summer up to 220 whale sharks gather at the south end of this bay. Snorkeling with the whale sharks is amazing and we love nothing better than getting in the water with them. The nearby scuba diving is great and local colonies of sea lions enhance the experience even more.

  • Day 1 - San Diego to Ensenada
  • It should be fine to fly in to San Diego on departure day, although it’s always safest to come in the day before. San Diego is a neat place to tour around. Balboa Park alone is enough to keep one busy for a couple of days. Our hospitality suite at the Best Western Palms resort (2018 departures) is open from noon onwards and we ask that you please check in with us by 7 pm at the latest. We should be departing for Ensenada by 7:30 pm. It’s a quick trip – 90 minutes of driving plus clearing the border.
  • We will drop you off at the Best Western El Cid hotel in downtown Ensenada for the night. The hotel is located in the heart of the tourist district on the main street – it’s safe, fun, and interesting to go for a walk after arrival.
  • Day 2 - Journey across Baja
  • Our resident naturalist and tour guide will be meeting you at the hotel first thing in the morning, departing in our comfortable passenger coach on the first leg of the adventure. We will be having breakfast somewhere south of town and then driving and exploring the local wine valley and onwards. We can stop at a local taco stand, or a restaurant if you prefer. We will be stopping and going for a short walk to view local rock paintings and we will be sure to stop when we reach the Sonoran Desert. The stillness – the beauty – of the desert is magnificent and a perfect place to go exploring. Our naturalist is a very interesting guy and will help you see Baja California from a very different perspective.
  • Late afternoon arrival in the village of Bahía de los Ángeles on the Sea of Cortez.
  • 2019 trips: We will have champagne waiting for you when you board your private yacht. Diving will be done from the mothership, the Nautilus Gallant Lady.
  • Days 3 through 5 - Welcome to the Bay of Angels
  • Diving in the morning – whale sharks and sea lions in the afternoon!
  • Your day starts with an early breakfast and then meeting up with Ricardo Arce for a day of adventures. Ricardo is our partner in this adventure.
  • Great and no problem if you have a special request for more diving and fewer whale sharks – or vice versa. Otherwise, we will plan on 2 tank diving in the morning and spending the afternoon snorkeling with the whale sharks and/or one of the large colonies of sea lions. The whale shark adventures are crazy good here – up to 220 individual whale sharks have been identified in one summer season in the southern end of the bay. They seem to like a gathering where the local estuary drains into the bay. We can’t tell you that the water is crystal clear, but you can expect 20 to 40 feet of visibility in the bay – and much better on the outside where we do our diving.
  • 2019 trips: We’ll head back to the boat for lunch and then head back out on the water again. It’s YOUR vacation so of course, it is entirely your option to stay on the yacht and relax, or you might choose to go kayaking, paddleboarding, or be dropped off in the village to go for a walk or mountain biking.
  • We traditionally have cocktail hour at 6 bells (or 7 pm, which might be a bit confusing but it’s how we talk as sailors!) with microbrews, fine wines, single malt whiskey, and our signature gin and tonics. Dinner to follow, then an evening presentation, and lots of relaxation.
  • Day 6 - Departures
  • We will be heading out after breakfast to start our way back to Ensenada. Our resident naturalist will be guiding us back on a different route cutting through the mountains of Sierra de San Pedro Martir and up along the beautiful coastline of the Sea of Cortez – stopping not just in San Felipe but in other interesting spots. This is ADVENTURE!! We should arrive back in Ensenada at our hospitality suite late afternoon if you are joining one of our Guadalupe great white shark trips. Or, we can transfer you directly back to San Diego, although we highly recommend the white shark option!

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Other Information

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Boat Specifications

  • Length: 116 feet 
  • Beam: 22 feet
  • Material: Steel
  • Passengers: 12
  • Cabins: 6
  • Engines: 1700 HP Caterpillar


Practical Information

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

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Underwater Photos

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Socorro Underwater Pictures

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Reviews (2)


The Nautilus Gallant Lady has recently gone through a complete refit from the keel-up, including stabilization, safety equipment and luxurious new cabins. The boat has six spacious cabins & an great dive deck. Having only twelve divers is great! The food is excellent & the crew really knows the Sea of Cortez diving.

Visited on 07/2020 - Submitted on 03/12/2021

Gallant Lady surpassed our expectations. Beautiful vessel with crew that went out of their way to make the experience special. Food was fabulous and plentiful. Programme was flexible enough to make the most of the wonderful opportunities to see marine life in its own environment. Could not fault the experience in any way.

Visited on 03/2024 - Submitted on 03/14/2024


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