Part of the Nautilus Liveaboards fleet, the Gallant Lady is a 116-foot yacht that can accommodate just 12 guests in its six suites. It combines the luxury of a motor yacht with all the amenities you’d expect of a liveaboard and accesses some of Mexico’s most exciting dive destinations.
Get up close to majestic mantas on a liveaboard vacation to the Socorro Islands or dive with whale sharks at the Bahía de Los Ángeles Biosphere Reserve. The Nautilus Gallant Lady also offers Mexico liveaboard vacations to dive with big schools of fish and bull sharks at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cabo Pulmo.
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There are six spacious suites available on the Nautilus Gallant Lady, each of which has individual climate control for your comfort.
There are five Superior Suites to select from, each of which can be configured either as two doubles or with a California king bed. All feature ensuite bathrooms with showers, with one boasting a full-size bathtub.
There’s one Premium Suite on the Lower Deck that can be configured with either a California king bed or as two doubles. It features an ensuite bathroom with a full-size bathtub.
Meals on board the Nautilus Gallant Lady combine a fusion of Mexican and West Coast North American food, with locally sourced produce and vegetables, as well as freshly baked bread and sweet treats. Begin the day with a pre-dive continental breakfast including homemade granola, cereal, yogurt, toast, fresh fruits and juices, then enjoy a hot buffet breakfast and eggs cooked to order following the dive.
Lunches normally consist of deli-style sandwiches, pizzas, tacos, burgers and fajitas, accompanied by salads and a soup of the day. Homemade goodies such as brownies, muffins, ceviche and sushi will be waiting when you return from your afternoon dive.
Dinner is served either buffet style or plated, with dishes such as salmon teriyaki, roast beef and New York grilled steak. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dietary restrictions can be catered for with at least 30 days prior notice.
Tea, coffee, water, juices and sodas are included in liveaboard packages while wine, beers and spirits can be purchased on board.
The Main Deck of the Nautilus Gallant Lady is home to a comfortable lounge and dining room where meals are served, as well as the dive deck. The Upper Deck features the wheelhouse (which is open 24 hours a day to guests), as well as a sun deck with loungers where you can relax in between dives. Above perches a crow’s nest, which is the perfect spot for wildlife spotting or soaking up the views.
The Nautilus Gallant Lady offers year-round liveaboard itineraries to the Socorro Islands, Bahía de Los Ángeles Biosphere Reserve and Cabo Pulmo, with the schedule taking into consideration the best dive conditions and seasonal wildlife activity. Divers can expect up to four dives each day, with all diving conducted from pangas that can be accessed from the dive platform at the rear of the vessel.
A detailed briefing is given at the beginning of each dive, with experienced divemasters leading guests in the water. A full line of rental gear is available with prior notification while tanks, weights and weight belts are provided.
Socorro itineraries include diving at Socorro Island, San Benedicto and Roca Partida, with the archipelago renowned for its giant mantas that are famed for seeking out diver interaction. In addition to this once-in-a-lifetime encounter, Socorro is home to schooling hammerheads and silky sharks, as well as bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales.
Water temperatures range from 73 to 76°F (21 to 23°C) in Socorro, with most divers comfortable in either a 5mm or 7mm wetsuit with a hooded vest and gloves. Visibility is generally between 60 and 100 feet (18 and 30 meters) throughout the year.
The Nautilus Gallant Lady also runs seasonal trips to the Bahía de Los Ángeles Biosphere Reserve, which nestles at the base of the Sierra San Borja Mountains in the Sea of Cortez. Each summer, up to 220 whale sharks gather in the bay, with divers able to get up close to these gentle giants. Bahía de Los Ángeles itineraries normally include two-morning dives, with the afternoon spent snorkelling with the local sea lion colony, although more diving is available on request.
Alternatively, join one of the Nautilus Gallant Lady’s liveaboard trips to Cabo Pulmo, which boasts some of the best diving in the Sea of Cortez. Encounter huge schools of fish and beautiful coral reefs, together with seasonal humpback whales. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed marine park has been brought back to life following years of overfishing and now offers exciting wrecks and reefs to explore. August to November is the best time for diving in Cabo Pulmo, with water temperatures approximately 80°F (27°C).