Isla Guadalupe…Island of the Great White Shark

READY TO SEE A GREAT WHITE SHARK FACE TO FACE AT GUADALUPE ISLAND?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. SD Shark Diving Expeditions is locally owned and we’ve been safely delivering world-class Great White Shark Dives at Guadalupe Island since 2001. We offer 5–6 day, white shark diving packages, We are proud to offer you a choice of three different White Shark diving vessels. The Belle Amie and the Nautilus Explorer are the largest and most luxurious White Shark diving vessels on the west coast and are extremely popular. They book up many months ahead so if you want to go on those vessels…book now.  The Nautilus Under Sea  was the former Undersea Hunter which operated out of Costa Rica for many years. The vessel has been refurbished, upgraded, and lengthened.

Belle Amie

Nautilus Explorer

Nautilus Under Sea

Trip Schedule & Pricing

Diving with Great White Sharks - Guadalupe Adventure
Guadalupe Island provides some of the worlds best great white sharks diving. Beautiful weather topside, warm & clear water and a really interesting mix of both male and female sharks at different times of the season. With 350 great white sharks identified so far and still counting! 125+ ft visibility. Shark wrangling platforms for lots of surface action. Up to 5 submersible and surface cages for virtually unlimited diving. We specialize in natural interaction and discovered many years ago that blood, chum, oil and all that stuff are not needed to provide the best great white shark diving experience in the industry.
Jul 10 - 15, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
15 berths available
USD $2895*
Jul 12 - 17, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
18 berths available
USD $3195*
Jul 15 - 20, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
Only 4 berths left
USD $2895*
Jul 17 - 22, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
7 berths available
USD $3195*
Jul 20 - 25, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
14 berths available
USD $2895*
Jul 25 - 30, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
16 berths available
USD $3195*
Jul 27 - Aug 01, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
9 berths available
USD $2895*
Aug 04 - 09, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
13 berths available
USD $3195*
Aug 06 - 11, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 1 berth left
USD $3195*
Aug 11 - 16, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 1 berth left
USD $2895*
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Aug 14 - 19, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
8 berths available
USD $3195*
Aug 16 - 21, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
31 berths available
USD $2895*
Aug 20 - 25, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Explorer
10 berths available
USD $3195*
Aug 21 - 26, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
6 berths available
USD $3195*
Aug 25 - 30, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Explorer
11 berths available
USD $2895*
Aug 30 - Sep 04, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Explorer
9 berths available
USD $2895*
Aug 31 - Sep 05, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
19 berths available
USD $3695*
Sep 04 - 09, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Explorer
14 berths available
USD $3195*
Sep 05 - 10, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
13 berths available
USD $2895*
Sep 09 - 14, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Explorer
7 berths available
USD $3195*
Sep 10 - 15, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 4 berths left
USD $3195*
Sep 18 - 23, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
5 berths available
USD $2895*
Sep 20 - 25, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
10 berths available
USD $2895*
Sep 23 - 28, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
11 berths available
USD $2895*
Sep 24 - 29, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 2 berths left
USD $3695*
Sep 25 - 30, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 1 berth left
USD $2895*
Sep 29 - Oct 04, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 2 berths left
USD $4295*
Sep 30 - Oct 05, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
32 berths available
USD $2895*
Oct 09 - 14, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 2 berths left
USD $3195*
Oct 13 - 18, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
Only 2 berths left
USD $3195*
Oct 14 - 19, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 3 berths left
USD $2895*
Oct 15 - 20, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
9 berths available
USD $2895*
Oct 20 - 25, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 1 berth left
USD $4295*
Oct 24 - 29, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Explorer
6 berths available
USD $3195*
Oct 25 - 30, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 2 berths left
USD $3195*
Oct 29 - Nov 03, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 3 berths left
USD $2895*
Nov 04 - 09, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 1 berth left
USD $3695*
Nov 09 - 14, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 4 berths left
USD $3195*
Socorro - giant mantas, sharks and dolphins - Socorro Adventure
Nowhere else in the world boasts giant mantas that literally seek out interaction with divers and snorkellers. The behaviour these mantas exhibit is almost inexplicable. These gentle giants with wingspans up to 20 feet consistently approach divers for intimate eye-to-eye encounters. If you are can remain 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 also: schooling hammerheads and silky sharks, plus 8 other species of sharks, bottlenose dolphins that regularly hang out with divers at some dive sites, large schools of pelagic fish, and, in season, humpback whales.
Jun 24 - Jul 02, 2021
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 2 berths left
USD $2995*
Jun 26 - Jul 04, 2021
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 2 berths left
USD $2995*
Dec 13 - 21, 2021
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
Only 3 berths left
USD $3395*
Dec 22 - 30, 2021
9 days on the Nautilus Under Sea
14 berths available
USD $3095*
Dec 23 - 31, 2021
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
7 berths available
USD $3395*
Jan 06 - 14, 2022
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 2 berths left
USD $2695*
Jan 30 - Feb 07, 2022
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 3 berths left
USD $3695*
Feb 01 - 09, 2022
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
28 berths available
USD $3695*
Feb 23 - Mar 03, 2022
9 days on the Nautilus Explorer
6 berths available
USD $3695*
Mar 13 - 21, 2022
9 days on the Nautilus Belle Amie
Only 3 berths left
USD $3695*
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The classic Sea of Cortez liveaboard trip! - Sea of Cortez
The Sea of Cortez is an interesting place. We started diving here many years ago when giant mantas were common and multiple schools of hammerhead sharks would swirl around El Bajo. Commercial fishermen hit the place really hard in the 1990's before the government of Mexico enacted exclusionary zones and marine protected area. Our beautiful sea has come back to life but it is different than before. Whale sharks are still resident seasonally off La Paz. The sea lions at Los Islotes were never impacted. Humpback whales still show up every winter. And the huge schools of panamic fish are as abundant as ever before. We are seeing hammerhead sharks at El Bajo and Los Animas and mantas at La Reyna although not as abundantly as before. We finally figured out where the humboldt squid are and it's quite a trek to get there! We discovered the stunning number of whale sharks at Bahia de Los Angeles in the northern sea of cortez. And there is an excellent chance of seeing bull sharks at Cabo Pulmo. It's not Socorro. It's not Guadalupe Island. The Sea of Cortez is a unique and different destination with it's own charm - and generally calm water - albeit not the same number of big animals as our other destinations. We welcome the opportunity to give you more information and ensure that we meet your expectations.
Jul 31 - Aug 07, 2021
8 days on the Nautilus Explorer
Only 4 berths left
USD $2200*
Sep 16 - 23, 2021
8 days on the Nautilus Gallant Lady
Only 2 berths left
USD $2995*
Nov 05 - 10, 2021
6 days on the Nautilus Gallant Lady
Only 1 berth left
USD $2495*
San Ignacio - Pacific Gray Whales - San Ignacio
There is a legendary lagoon on the Pacific coast of Baja Mexico that is spoken of in hushed whispers, where gray whales finish an 11,000 mile migration from the Bering Sea and Alaska to mate and calve each year. The gray whales here are uniquely curious and interactive, allowing for close-up, intimate encounters with these gentle giants and their newborn calves. This is San Ignacio Lagoon, one of only 4 mating and birthing lagoons in the world, with the highest concentration of sociable whales, and the only lagoon still untouched by human development. With a private charter flight from Cabo San Lucas, it has never been easier to arrive at San Ignacio for 3 nights of fully catered glamping and virtually unlimited whale encounters.
Jan 22 - 25, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
9 berths available
USD $1197*
Jan 23 - 26, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
21 berths available
USD $1497*
Jan 25 - 28, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Jan 26 - 29, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Jan 28 - 31, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Jan 29 - Feb 01, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Jan 31 - Feb 03, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Feb 01 - 04, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Feb 03 - 06, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Feb 04 - 07, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
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Feb 06 - 09, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Feb 07 - 10, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Feb 09 - 12, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Feb 10 - 13, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Feb 12 - 15, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
22 berths available
USD $2395*
Feb 13 - 16, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Feb 15 - 18, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Feb 16 - 19, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
22 berths available
USD $2995*
Feb 18 - 21, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Feb 19 - 22, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Feb 21 - 24, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
18 berths available
USD $2395*
Feb 22 - 25, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Feb 24 - 27, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Feb 25 - 28, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Feb 27 - Mar 02, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
22 berths available
USD $2395*
Feb 28 - Mar 03, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
21 berths available
USD $2995*
Mar 02 - 05, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
22 berths available
USD $2395*
Mar 03 - 06, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
14 berths available
USD $2995*
Mar 05 - 08, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Mar 06 - 09, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
22 berths available
USD $2995*
Mar 08 - 11, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
22 berths available
USD $2395*
Mar 09 - 12, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Mar 11 - 14, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
22 berths available
USD $2395*
Mar 12 - 15, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Mar 14 - 17, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
22 berths available
USD $2395*
Mar 15 - 18, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Mar 17 - 20, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Mar 18 - 21, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
24 berths available
USD $2995*
Mar 20 - 23, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Mar 21 - 24, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Premium
20 berths available
USD $2995*
Mar 23 - 26, 2022
4 days on the San Ignacio Glamping
24 berths available
USD $2395*
Magdalena Bay Sardine Run - Magdalena Bay Sardine Run
During October and November, a magical event happens in the nutrient rich swirling blue waters off Magdalena Bay where striped marlin gather to hunt on the second largest sardine run in the world. This thrilling underwater action is spectacular. There is an excellent chance of also seeing california sea lions, dolphin, wahoo, pelicans, different species of gulls, boobie birds, frigate birds, shearwaters and even the awe inspiring albatross. While it's best to snorkel or free dive around the bait balls there will be plenty of scuba diving opportunities on your week long trip with massive schools of fish, turtles and the wreck of a WW1 submarine and the passenger steam ship SS Independence. But wait, there is more! Humpback whales are on the move at this time of year and if we are really lucky, we might even see orcas or blue whales!
Nov 07 - 12, 2021
6 days on the Mango Wind
Only 1 berth left
USD $2495*
Nov 14 - 19, 2021
6 days on the Mango Wind
6 berths available
USD $2495*
* Trip Prices do not include taxes or a $65 per person port and park fee payable in cash ($35 park/landing fee for San Ignacio Lagoon)

Boat Accommodations

Accommodations

The Nautilus Belle Amie offers accommodations to suit all preferences ranging from luxurious premium suites to cost effective staterooms on the lower deck.

The “Nautilus Belle Amie” is the largest most luxurious live aboard shark diving vessel on Earth. At 140 feet long, 33 feet wide and 500 tons she is incredibly spacious and stable. Built in 2005 at Bollinger Shipyard USA, and completely refurbished in 2014 with a new interior and dive equipment.

The Nautilus Belle Amie has a steel hull and super structure built with the highest standards and craftsmanship. This beautiful ship has everything! With 2 Premium suites on the main deck that can be combined into 1 VIP suite.

The upper deck has 6 Superior suites with ocean views. The lower deck has 8 Staterooms and 1 Triple berth. She has a enormous interior dining room and lounge area. There is a huge sun deck on top with a bar and hot tub.

The Dive Deck is massive with all the space and amenities you can imagine. Rebreather friendly and NITROX is available. The 5 new shark cages are “State of the Art” with some amazing capabilities.

Premium Suites

Emerald & Cortes

Two spacious premium suites are available on the main deck. En-suite bathrooms with double sinks and showers. Large windows, plenty of sunlight, large storage area and personal flat screen TV.

Superior Suites

Cuervo, Inde, Dofleini, Rosario, Swell, Nautilus

The Nautilus Belle Amie has 6 superior suites on the upper deck. Superior rooms have large double windows.

Staterooms

A-H

The lower deck has 8 comfy staterooms with various bed configurations (single and double occupancy). An affordable triple occupancy stateroom is also available .

Room Features

  • Bathrooms with showers in all suites.
  • Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Windows and/or portholes in every room.
  • Superior windows.
  • Double Portholes.
  • Beautiful bedding, and comfortable details.
  • Air conditioning (AC) and heating throughout the ship.
  • A dedicated and enthusiastic crew of men and women from around the world.
  • Dinning Room.

Nautilus Explorer

The Nautilus Explorer is a Millennium Boat Built and Launched in Vancouver, B.C. in 2000.

For a small ship, the Nautilus Explorer feels “plenty big” (or so our guests tell us). There is ample room to find a quiet place to read, chat, fill out your divelog or journal or work on editing the images you shot that day – whether in the separate dining room, main salon or one of the upper sundecks. And there is nothing like a soak under the stars in the sparkling clear fresh water of our hot tub after a day of diving or exploration. The main salon also serves as the ship’s entertainment center with very “comfy” couches, a great library, a well stocked bar and select evening video showings, presentations and slide shows.

  • 132′ long, 27′ wide. Small ship size with a much bigger feel
  • 11 – 12 mph cruise speed
  • Steel hull and superstructure for your safety
  • 7000 gallon fresh water capacity and 3600 gallons-per-day water maker allowing you to shower as often as you like
  • Quiet twin 70 kw generators operating 24 hours per day with precise voltage and frequency control. Ship’s power is 110 volts ac , 60 Hz)
  • Air-conditioning and heating throughout. Comfort in every climate

Ship Accommodations

Staterooms

( All eight lower deck )

Staterooms have private heads with separate shower stalls, central air conditioning and measure 90 square feet. Six of the staterooms have side by side beds. Two of the staterooms have large double beds and additional storage area. There is also one co-ed triple occupancy stateroom.

Hot Tub Deck

Three superior suites on the hot-tub deck measure 145 sq. ft and have large exterior windows. They each have private facilities, a desk and either bureau or wardrobe. Two of these suites have doors that open directly outside. The third suite boasts a large flat screen TV and DVD player.  The premium suite is also located on the hot-tub deck and is twice the size of the other suites. It has a separate bedroom and lounge each with a large flat screen TV and DVD player, private facilities with a full-size bathtub and shower plus large private windows looking out on an ocean view. The lounge in this suite has a beautiful floor to ceiling picture window.

The Nautilus Under Sea

Vessel Specs:

 

Length:108 ft / 28 m         Beam: 24 ft / 7.4 m       Draft: 8 ft / 2.5 m
Displacement:180 tons
Construction:Steel with teak work deck
Engines:Twin Caterpillar 240 hp ( Total 480 HP )
Cruising Speed:9 knots           Maximum Speed:    9.5 knots     Range:   6,000 nautical miles Endurance:   24 days
Tenders:One 25 ft. heavy duty fiberglass dive boats One 22 ft. heavy duty fiberglass dive boats One 17 ft. rigid bottom inflatable
Generators:Two 65 kW and one 5 kW portable       Available Voltage:    110/208 VAC 12-24 VDC
Fuel Tankage:8,000 Gallons (normal operation)       Water Tankage:     6,000 Gallons (1,800 gallons/day water maker)
Safety:Full safety equipment as per the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) requirements. Comprehensive emergency first aid kit, Emergency oxygen kit for 3 persons, 18 Mini Personal Diver Locator EPIRB
Scuba Compressors:Two 13 cfm electric
Scuba Tanks:4 air and 24 nitrox aluminum 80 cu/ft. tanks 2,200 cu/ft. high-pressure storage bank
Technical Diving:Full oxygen, nitrox and rebreather service (passengers must bring their own rebreathers)
Electronics:3 GPS (Global Positioning Systems), 2 Furuno Radars (64 and 36 Miles), 2 VHF radios, 3 handheld VHF radios, 2 depth Sounders, Autopilot SSB radiotelephone: SEA 222, Radio Direction Finder: SIMRAD Satellite phone, Multi-system television, DVD player and CD stereo.
Miscellaneous:15-ton deck mounted crane, 38 ft. by 24 ft. (11m by 7.4 m) work deck space, fully equipped workshop with arc-welding and oxy-acetylene equipment/supplies, 16 personal dive gear boxes 15 personal camera lockers with Stabilized and surge protected 110v outlets Air conditioning throughout the vessel, Sundeck and lounge chairs, Washer and dryer, Refrigerator and ice machine.
Specialized Equipment:Large deck-mountable Pro-Lab consisting of a 10 ft. x 10 ft. self-contained specialized movie/video camera workstation, and dedicated work tools, fully air-conditioned
Guest Accommodations:For 18 guests:     1 Quad Co-ed Stateroom,   6 Double Staterooms, 1 Premium Suite.

All guest cabins have heads & showers and individual AC control

Crew Accommodations:For 10 crew members 5 crew cabins 2 crew heads

Accommodations

  • Double Staterooms
  • Triple Stateroom
  • Premium Suite

Belle Amie

140″ long x 33″ wide
500 tons
2 Premium suites that can convert to 1 VIP suite
6 Superior suites
8 Double/Single Staterooms
1 Triple berth
Dining room
Lounge area

Nautilus Explorer

132′ long, 27′ wide. Small ship size with a much bigger feel
11 – 12 mph cruise speed
2 Premium suites
2 Superior suites
8 Double/Single Staterooms
1 Triple berth room
Steel hull and superstructure for your safety
7000 gallon fresh water capacity and 3600 gallons-per-day water maker allowing you to shower as often as you like
Quiet twin 70 kw electric generators operating 24 hours per day with precise voltage and frequency control. Ship’s power is 110 volts ac , 60 Hz)
Air-conditioning and heating throughout. Comfort in every climate

The Nautilus Under Sea

108 ft / 28 m         Beam: 24 ft / 7.4 m       Draft: 8 ft / 2.5 m

180 tons

For 17 guests:     1 Triple Co-ed Stateroom,   6 Double Staterooms, 1 Premium Stateroom.

All guest cabins have heads & showers and individual AC control

15-ton deck mounted crane, 38 ft. by 24 ft. (11m by 7.4 m) work deck space, fully equipped workshop with arc-welding and oxy-acetylene equipment/supplies, 16 personal dive gear boxes 15 personal camera lockers with Stabilized and surge protected 110v outlets Air conditioning throughout the vessel, Sundeck and lounge chairs, Washer and dryer, Refrigerator and ice machine.

Belle Amie

Accommodations

The Nautilus Belle Amie offers accommodations to suit all preferences ranging from luxurious premium suites to cost effective staterooms on the lower deck.

The “Nautilus Belle Amie” is the largest most luxurious live aboard shark diving vessel on Earth. At 140 feet long, 33 feet wide and 500 tons she is incredibly spacious and stable. Built in 2005 at Bollinger Shipyard USA, and completely refurbished in 2014 with a new interior and dive equipment.

The Nautilus Belle Amie has a steel hull and super structure built with the highest standards and craftsmanship. This beautiful ship has everything! With 2 Premium suites on the main deck that can be combined into 1 VIP suite.

The upper deck has 6 Superior suites with ocean views. The lower deck has 8 Staterooms and 1 Triple berth. She has a enormous interior dining room and lounge area. There is a huge sun deck on top with a bar and hot tub.

The Dive Deck is massive with all the space and amenities you can imagine. Rebreather friendly and NITROX is available. The 5 new shark cages are “State of the Art” with some amazing capabilities.

Premium Suites

Emerald & Cortes

Two spacious premium suites are available on the main deck. En-suite bathrooms with double sinks and showers. Large windows, plenty of sunlight, large storage area and personal flat screen TV.

Superior Suites

Cuervo, Inde, Dofleini, Rosario, Swell, Nautilus

The Nautilus Belle Amie has 6 superior suites on the upper deck. Superior rooms have large double windows.

Staterooms

A-H

The lower deck has 8 comfy staterooms with various bed configurations (single and double occupancy). An affordable triple occupancy stateroom is also available .

Room Features

  • Bathrooms with showers in all suites.
  • Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Windows and/or portholes in every room.
  • Superior windows.
  • Double Portholes.
  • Beautiful bedding, and comfortable details.
  • Air conditioning (AC) and heating throughout the ship.
  • A dedicated and enthusiastic crew of men and women from around the world.
  • Dinning Room.
Nautilus Explorer

Nautilus Explorer

The Nautilus Explorer is a Millennium Boat Built and Launched in Vancouver, B.C. in 2000.

For a small ship, the Nautilus Explorer feels “plenty big” (or so our guests tell us). There is ample room to find a quiet place to read, chat, fill out your divelog or journal or work on editing the images you shot that day – whether in the separate dining room, main salon or one of the upper sundecks. And there is nothing like a soak under the stars in the sparkling clear fresh water of our hot tub after a day of diving or exploration. The main salon also serves as the ship’s entertainment center with very “comfy” couches, a great library, a well stocked bar and select evening video showings, presentations and slide shows.

  • 132′ long, 27′ wide. Small ship size with a much bigger feel
  • 11 – 12 mph cruise speed
  • Steel hull and superstructure for your safety
  • 7000 gallon fresh water capacity and 3600 gallons-per-day water maker allowing you to shower as often as you like
  • Quiet twin 70 kw generators operating 24 hours per day with precise voltage and frequency control. Ship’s power is 110 volts ac , 60 Hz)
  • Air-conditioning and heating throughout. Comfort in every climate

Ship Accommodations

Staterooms

( All eight lower deck )

Staterooms have private heads with separate shower stalls, central air conditioning and measure 90 square feet. Six of the staterooms have side by side beds. Two of the staterooms have large double beds and additional storage area. There is also one co-ed triple occupancy stateroom.

Hot Tub Deck

Three superior suites on the hot-tub deck measure 145 sq. ft and have large exterior windows. They each have private facilities, a desk and either bureau or wardrobe. Two of these suites have doors that open directly outside. The third suite boasts a large flat screen TV and DVD player.  The premium suite is also located on the hot-tub deck and is twice the size of the other suites. It has a separate bedroom and lounge each with a large flat screen TV and DVD player, private facilities with a full-size bathtub and shower plus large private windows looking out on an ocean view. The lounge in this suite has a beautiful floor to ceiling picture window.

Nautilus Under Sea

The Nautilus Under Sea

Vessel Specs:

 

Length:108 ft / 28 m         Beam: 24 ft / 7.4 m       Draft: 8 ft / 2.5 m
Displacement:180 tons
Construction:Steel with teak work deck
Engines:Twin Caterpillar 240 hp ( Total 480 HP )
Cruising Speed:9 knots           Maximum Speed:    9.5 knots     Range:   6,000 nautical miles Endurance:   24 days
Tenders:One 25 ft. heavy duty fiberglass dive boats One 22 ft. heavy duty fiberglass dive boats One 17 ft. rigid bottom inflatable
Generators:Two 65 kW and one 5 kW portable       Available Voltage:    110/208 VAC 12-24 VDC
Fuel Tankage:8,000 Gallons (normal operation)       Water Tankage:     6,000 Gallons (1,800 gallons/day water maker)
Safety:Full safety equipment as per the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) requirements. Comprehensive emergency first aid kit, Emergency oxygen kit for 3 persons, 18 Mini Personal Diver Locator EPIRB
Scuba Compressors:Two 13 cfm electric
Scuba Tanks:4 air and 24 nitrox aluminum 80 cu/ft. tanks 2,200 cu/ft. high-pressure storage bank
Technical Diving:Full oxygen, nitrox and rebreather service (passengers must bring their own rebreathers)
Electronics:3 GPS (Global Positioning Systems), 2 Furuno Radars (64 and 36 Miles), 2 VHF radios, 3 handheld VHF radios, 2 depth Sounders, Autopilot SSB radiotelephone: SEA 222, Radio Direction Finder: SIMRAD Satellite phone, Multi-system television, DVD player and CD stereo.
Miscellaneous:15-ton deck mounted crane, 38 ft. by 24 ft. (11m by 7.4 m) work deck space, fully equipped workshop with arc-welding and oxy-acetylene equipment/supplies, 16 personal dive gear boxes 15 personal camera lockers with Stabilized and surge protected 110v outlets Air conditioning throughout the vessel, Sundeck and lounge chairs, Washer and dryer, Refrigerator and ice machine.
Specialized Equipment:Large deck-mountable Pro-Lab consisting of a 10 ft. x 10 ft. self-contained specialized movie/video camera workstation, and dedicated work tools, fully air-conditioned
Guest Accommodations:For 18 guests:     1 Quad Co-ed Stateroom,   6 Double Staterooms, 1 Premium Suite.

All guest cabins have heads & showers and individual AC control

Crew Accommodations:For 10 crew members 5 crew cabins 2 crew heads

Accommodations

  • Double Staterooms
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Belle Amie

140″ long x 33″ wide
500 tons
2 Premium suites that can convert to 1 VIP suite
6 Superior suites
8 Double/Single Staterooms
1 Triple berth
Dining room
Lounge area

Nautilus Explorer

132′ long, 27′ wide. Small ship size with a much bigger feel
11 – 12 mph cruise speed
2 Premium suites
2 Superior suites
8 Double/Single Staterooms
1 Triple berth room
Steel hull and superstructure for your safety
7000 gallon fresh water capacity and 3600 gallons-per-day water maker allowing you to shower as often as you like
Quiet twin 70 kw electric generators operating 24 hours per day with precise voltage and frequency control. Ship’s power is 110 volts ac , 60 Hz)
Air-conditioning and heating throughout. Comfort in every climate

The Nautilus Under Sea

108 ft / 28 m         Beam: 24 ft / 7.4 m       Draft: 8 ft / 2.5 m

180 tons

For 17 guests:     1 Triple Co-ed Stateroom,   6 Double Staterooms, 1 Premium Stateroom.

All guest cabins have heads & showers and individual AC control

15-ton deck mounted crane, 38 ft. by 24 ft. (11m by 7.4 m) work deck space, fully equipped workshop with arc-welding and oxy-acetylene equipment/supplies, 16 personal dive gear boxes 15 personal camera lockers with Stabilized and surge protected 110v outlets Air conditioning throughout the vessel, Sundeck and lounge chairs, Washer and dryer, Refrigerator and ice machine.

Island of Guadalupe Information

Isla Guadalupe is one of Mexico’s most isolated islands. It is this very fact that makes Guadalupe’s flora and fauna so incredibly unique. This remote outpost of land with its diverse landscape makes Guadalupe a sheer magnet for marine life above and below the water. Guadalupe Island lies 160 miles off the Baja California coast and 220 miles south of San Diego. The island is approximately 20 miles long and varies in width from 4-6 miles. Open ocean currents wash Guadalupe with crystal clear water often exceeding 100 feet of visibility which is a far cry from Great White shark diving California waters. Water temperatures usually range from 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Guadalupe Island has been a world-class sport-fishing destination frequented by the San Diego long-range fishing fleet for many years. Known primarily for its fishing, Guadalupe Island is now making a name for itself as host to one of the worlds most prolific populations of Great White Sharks. First discovered and observed by the San Diego sport-fishing fleet, Guadalupe Island’s Great White Sharks now attract a worldwide audience. The majestic North West side of the island is perhaps the most awe-inspiring sight upon arrival. The North Head is solid rock rising to an amazing 4200 feet above sea level. Such a pronounced vertical protrusion into the atmosphere in a flat seascape such as the Pacific Ocean actually causes unique localized weather conditions. Large, dense fog banks which shroud the islands higher elevations during the day and spill over the lee side in the afternoons much like smoke pouring out of a witch’s cauldron. Von Karmon vortices are also a common occurrence.

These are localized winds accelerated by prevailing trade winds wrapping around Guadalupe Island. Adding to the island’s mystique is the landscape itself. Geologically speaking Guadalupe Island is a spectacular sight. Large upheavals of solid rock and the numerous cinder cones tell a tale of Guadalupe’s volcanic origins. The sheer cliffs that make up much of the island’s coastline are magnificently colored in bands of red and orange. Because of the island’s remote location there are many plants endemic to Guadalupe. Decimated by goats brought to the Island by the Russian fur traders, Monterey Pines and Guadalupe Cypress once formed high altitude forests, which condensed moisture from clouds into fresh water springs. Large Oaks as well as Guadalupe Palms call the island home. In recent years, conservation efforts have helped these ancient forests to re-gain a foothold at the island.

Guadalupe Island also supports a large marine mammal population. The northern most beaches are home to breeding colonies of Northern Elephant Seals and Guadalupe Fur Seals. Both species were hunted to near extinction during the early 1900’s. Fortunately, enough individuals managed to elude sealers to ensure both species survival. Now in abundance. California Sea Lions and Bottlenose Dolphin are also a common sight. Of course one of the island’s most notable inhabitants is the Great White Shark. The sharks make appearances at Guadalupe Island seasonally. Their presence coincides with warm water and Yellowfin Tuna, which are targeted by Southern California sport fishermen. These sharks are now a common sight in the fall months and have made Guadalupe Island the worlds best location for Great White Shark diving.The population of Great Whites at Isla Guadalupe is so reliable that it has been the subject of numerous documentaries featured on channels such as Discovery, National Geographic and the BBC.

Shark Research

When you book with us you can be assured that a portion of your ticket price will directly fund and support the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect Great White Sharks at Guadalupe Island. From the onset, we have provided financial and logistical support to research efforts at Guadalupe.

In 2004, Mauricio Hoyas, now a PHd from CICMAR in La Paz in tandem with Dr. Peter Klimley from the University of California, Davis established what has since become a viable research effort at Isla Guadalupe. This ongoing effort has produced significant results in terms of shark data and has made great advances in understanding why Great White Sharks congregate at Isla Guadalupe. In 2004, Mauricio and his team deployed the CICMAR/UC Davis RAP array system. This system of shark monitoring helped produce volumes of information on White Shark movements at the island. Without the on-site support of the fleet vessels, and the local knowledge of the captains and crews this research project would not exist. Over the last two years Mr. Hoyas has functioned as an educator to the public, spending time aboard the shark vessels explaining his research to passengers. This process has lead to a greater understanding of the great white shark’s role in our oceans and has also illuminated the public to the importance of preserving one of Mexico’s great environmental treasures.

On-site support is critical to any scientific operation. In accordance with Mexican regulations shark vessels compile a daily log noting present conditions, shark diver information and shark sighting information. This data is then submitted to CONANP in Ensenada, Mexico providing them with almost unlimited information as it pertains to the white sharks at Isla Guadalupe. . We are also pleased to offer you the chance to assist in our research effort by providing much needed identification information from the shark cages. Over the years we have found that the contributions from our shark divers can be extremely useful to researchers at the water’s surface and we welcome your participation in that endeavour. Education is of primary importance when it comes to understanding and managing resources – this interaction facilitates that.

FAQs

Q. What water and air temperatures can I expect at Guadalupe Island?
A. Generally water temps vary between 62-72 F depending upon the month. Air temperatures can be low seventies in the evening to mid 80s during the day. It is usually cooler when there is cloud cover. Do use “bio-degradable, sea safe” sunscreen liberally during the trip. The sun can be intense down at the island.

Q. What is the visibility like on these trips?
A. Usually excellent! Many experienced and well traveled underwater photographers and videographers consider Guadalupe Island to be Nirvana for filming these animals. Over the last 20 seasons the visibility has averaged 80 ft, occasionally getting better than 120 ft. On a bad day or when a “mung” layer swings out from the shore vis might drop to 20 ft. for a short period until the wind and current swing the boat away into better visibility.

Q. Will we be going to several dive sites?
A. If the weather cooperates we usually will set up in our favorite white shark site and stay there for the duration of the trip. We have found that the white sharks will often stay in the area around the boat. Occasionally the white sharks will appear before we can get the cages into the water. There is an ole fishermen’s saying, “Don’t leave fish to find fish!”

Q. How much dive time can I expect during the trip?
A. That’s up to you. Most divers have averaged 10-15 hours in the water with the Great White Sharks the trip. The rotations into the submersible cages last about 45 min. each. The surface cages are open all day. While space is available you can stay as long as you want. Believe me, you’ll get plenty of water time, but there are lots of other things to do when you are not in the water. You can take surface shots of the white sharks cruising down the side of the boat, or you can relax. Keep you eyes open-occasionally these White Shark “breech” launching themselves up in the air! Hey you’re on vacation, enjoy it!

Q. What is the average size of the Great White Sharks at Guadalupe Island?
A. The White Sharks we’ve seen over the last two decades have ranged from a small 8 ft male to a hefty 18 1/2 ft female. I did see an honest 18 footer during the exploratory trip in 2000. Some of the guys on the boat thought it might have been 20 ft!! The thing to remember about these white sharks is that they get REAL BIG in girth as they grow.

Q. Can we get outside the cage to dive with the white sharks?
A. NO!! The rules of the reserve do not permit it.

Q. Can we go exploring on the island?
A. No. This trip is not geared for exploring the island. Guadalupe is a bio preserve; in order to go onto the island a special permit is required from the Mexican government.