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The Nautilus Belle Amie is a 135 foot, luxurious liveaboard vessel which has been custom built for diving, offering 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 12-night liveaboard itineraries to the big animal destinations of Socorro and Guadalupe Islands. It has been built to the same SOLAS safety standards of large ocean cruise ships, with a bulbous bow and stabilized with a deep draft for the most comfortable experience.
Like the other Nautilus liveaboard vessels (Nautilus Explorer and Nautilus Undersea), it offers exhilarating, face-to-face encounters with great white sharks in the waters surrounding Guadalupe Island, as well as magnificent dives with giant manta rays and humpback whales at Socorro Island.
The Nautilus Belle Amie has 16 guest cabins to select from, all of which are air-conditioned, have en-suite bathrooms and feature luxurious 600 thread count Egyptian sheets.
There are two spacious premium suites, the Emerald and Cortes, on the Main Deck, with large, ocean-facing windows and plenty of storage space. Both have ensuites with double sinks and flat screen TVs and are available for either single or double occupancy.
There are six Superior Suites to select from on the Upper Deck (Cuervo, Inde, Dofleini, Rosario, Nautilus and Swell), each with large, double windows to soak up the ocean views.
The Nautilus Belle Amie has eight comfortable Staterooms on its Lower Deck, with a range of bed configurations, including an affordable triple occupancy option.
Lunches include a range of Mexican and North American dishes, accompanied by a soup of the day and salads, while dinners are usually served buffet-style. Special dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and kosher can be catered to with advance notice.
Homemade cookies, brownies and cheese platters are served throughout the day to keep you refueled in between dives, together with complimentary tea, juice, water and sodas. The Nautilus Belle Amie's well-stocked bar includes a good selection of red and white wine, champagne, beer and select liquor for purchase.
The Nautilus Belle Amie is one of the most spacious liveaboards of its class, including an air-conditioned lounge with bar and dining area on the Main Deck, as well as a small library and TV-stereo entertainment system. The spacious sun deck is the perfect place to relax on a lounger with a good book or mingle with other guests in the heated jacuzzi.
The vessel is also equipped with a state-of-the-art VSAT open-ocean satellite system which provides 24-hour internet for guests, together with satellite phone calls.
Nautilus liveaboards to Guadalupe Island offer up-close encounters with 12 to 19 feet (3.5 to 6 meter) great white sharks which are known to congregate at around 30 feet (9 meters) in these clear, calm waters. Diving is done in submersible cages, with a minimum of three dives per day and is suitable for those with limited dive experience.
Visibility ranges from 125 to 150 feet (38 to 45 meters), with water temperatures from around 68°F (20°C) in winter to 72°F (22°C) in summer. Great whites normally congregate here throughout the year, with aggressive gangs of male sharks witnessed during July and August before females begin to arrive in October and November.
The Nautilus Belle Amie also offers liveaboard expeditions to Socorro Island which is famed for its unique encounters with giant manta rays as they hover closely both above and below divers. Socorro is situated in the Revillagigedo archipelago which lies around 370 miles (600 kilometers) off Mexico’s west coast, with hammerhead sharks, tiger sharks and dolphins all frequenting these waters. Giant mantas are usually found here throughout the year, while humpback whales visit from January through to April.
Nautilus liveaboards to Socorro include up to four dives per day. Visibility normally ranges from around 70-100 feet (20 to 30 meters), although it can drop to around 30 feet (9 meters) when currents increase and volcanic ash levels rise. Dives from the Nautilus Belle Amie are conducted from hi-tech tenders, with a spacious dive deck at the stern of the Main Deck for storing dive equipment and gearing up.
Aluminum tanks, weight belts and weights are provided, with additional dive gear available for rent. For those with certification, Nitrox is also provided at an additional charge. Rebreather support is also available with advance notice.
For more information on diving in Mexico, click here.