April Newsletter

28-Apr-2010
Nautilus Explorer Real People, Real Stories, Real Life
In This Issue:        
Socorro Dive For Free Conservation What's Next  
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Hello All,

We're excited to share with you what's new with us. Check out guest’s stories, comments, and trip pics at www.nautilusatsea.com, where you’ll also find dive master and captain's logs. We encourage you to join in, add comments, post your own pics, and ENJOY! In the meantime, here’s what’s happening aboard the Nautilus:
  Clipperton Atoll Snorkelling with Humpback Whale

Socorro - An Amazing Season

We’ve received lots of emails and calls asking about the diving at Socorro this year. November, December and January saw the very best Socorro diving ever with lots of friendly mantas, SCHOOLS of silky sharks, and hundreds of hammerhead sharks sometimes swimming literally 10 feet above our divers (assuming everyone stayed cool, tucked in the rocks "commando" style and followed the direction of our highly experienced dive masters).

Occasionally the weather doesn’t cooperate and this February (which is usually great). Boom! Just like that- everything changed when the vis murked out. Animal sightings rapidly declined, as swells and water temperature increased.

We live for those magical, life-changing, incredible dive experiences that always seem to happen on one or two days of each Socorro trip. Even though the very nature and essence of big animal diving is the unpredictability of conditions, we were still bummed out for clients who had read rave reviews from guests on earlier trips, and then didn't have the same intensity of experience.

On one particular trip that just didn't measure up to Socorro expectations on the Nautilus, we took the unique step of offering a partial trip credit towards a future booking. We’re serious about excellence in guest services, and our commitment to "doing the right thing" is absolute, regardless of what it costs.

The good news is that the bad weather didn’t last. Critter sightings are back up, vis is back up, and everybody’s very happy once again.

 

Clipperton Atoll Dolphins Jumping
Nautilus Explorer Lifestyle aboard the ship

Check out this user submitted youtube slideshow on the last trip to Clipperton Atoll.

Dive for FREE!!

We have a number of free give-aways on offer. Fill out the entry form on our contest page for a chance to win a free trip for a week to the California Channel Islands. The Islands are a wonderful destination and full of surprises. Our expectations were blasted to smithereens the first time we voyaged there and discovered firsthand how fantastic the diving really is, especially at San Clemente Island in the south and San Miguel Island in the north. Draw date May 31st.

Signup to win a free dive trip

  Win a Trip

Our Dedication to Conservation

Our conservation fund-raising promotion on the Nautilus Explorer has been going exceptionally well, with huge thanks to all of our very generous donors. The grand prize draw with free trip giveaways, gift certificates, free services (including the much talked about "free bar tab") are just around the corner. Stay tuned for more info.

Donations are in support of the soon-to-be implemented Aerial Patrol Program for Socorro Island. The 3 liveaboard dive boats currently operating out to the islands are working in cooperation with each other, the Mexican Navy and the Mexican Parks Service, to keep a watchful eye out for illegal shark fishermen. The unfortunate reality is that a protected marine biosphere can be a magnet for the bad guys. The local authorities are 100 percent on side with protecting the area, and will arrest fishing boats without hesitation. We have long felt that the addition of aerial patrols would help "fill in the gap". As an added bonus, they cover the hurricane season when the dive boats are 800 miles up the coast diving with the great white sharks of Guadalupe. This level of comprehensive surveillance adds tremendous support and protection to what we hold so dear.

The generosity of our donors has truly touched our hearts and we thank everyone for their kindness and support. Please contact us if you want to find out more about this conservation effort.

  Nautilus Conservation Airplane

Aerial patrols are scheduled to start this coming June. How exciting is that!! Stay tuned for reports from the first 10 baseline flights...

What’s Next

Socorro season is drawing to a close, the Clipperton expedition is arriving back in port tomorrow, California Channel Island season is just around the corner, which means...

GUADALUPE GREAT WHITE SHARK SEASON is almost here! We can't wait to get back in the water with our big toothy white friends- 102 great whites in Shark Bay last season and counting. Our two submersible cages were an outstanding success, especially with the upper deck "patios" at 40 feet that allowed divers to get out from behind the bars.

We average nine submersible dives per diver, with good solid shark sightings on four out of five dives, plus virtually unlimited time in the surface habitat cages- all of this without blood, oil or hunks of tuna on the surface!

It was an awesome season and these trips have truly morphed into something that is very appealing to scuba divers. This experience is a far cry from the early days of sitting in a surface cage in a pool of chum waiting for a great white to swim past.

As usual, we are driven to continually tweak, tune, and make improvements, and our Guadalupe trips are no exception. New for this coming season is our suspended habitat cage. The cage is under construction at a shipyard and engineered to be suspended at 15 feet with an enclosed ladder to the surface. That will give us 2 submersible cages at 40 feet, a suspended cage at 15 feet and a surface habitat cage- how cool is that?! It also means virtually unlimited diving for all, and a choice of prime perspectives on the whiteys.

More changes and upgrades are in the works with information to follow shortly. As always, we will do our best to keep it exciting!

Thank you and hope to see you soon,

The Entire Team and Crew of the Nautilus Explorer

  Great White Shark Cage Diving

UPCOMING EXPEDITIONS

EXPLORATION AND ADVENTURE: SCUBA DIVING GUADALUPE

July 03, 2010 - 6 days of diving including Guadalupe, San Benitos, Isla Natividad and Cedros.

CHANNEL ISLANDS

July 10, 2010 - Channel Islands
July 16, 2010 - Channel Islands

GREAT WHITE SHARKS OF
GUADALUPE ISLAND

July 23, 2010 - 12 night Guadalupe and Channel Islands
August 05, 2010 - 5 night white shark trips
September 04, 2010 - 5 night white shark trip
September 09, 2010 - 5 night white shark trips
October 04, 2010 - Great white cage diving / pinniped scuba diving
October 14, 2010 - 5 night white shark trips

GIANT MANTAS OF SOCORRO

December 14, 2010 - Socorro

Visit our schedules page to see full trip details and booking information.

   
 

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