Nautilus Belle Amie is 135 feet (41 meters) of comfort. She takes up to 32 guests. She's big, bright, powerful & designed for the work she's doing at Socorro & Guadalupe.
A word from Dom : "Sparkling & super spacious, Belle Amie does the Socorro & Guadalupe runs with grace. My only caveat is for divers who aren't keen on big boats with lots of divers. Belle Amie has 17 cabins & takes up to 32 people. If you're looking for an experience more cozy & intimate, take a look at Belle's sister-ship (& my old favorite) Nautilus Under Sea ." ..... Dominick Macan
6 upper deck DOUBLE/TWIN suites king bed or 2 adjacent twin beds & picture windows 2 main deck premium DOUBLE/TWIN suites king bed or 2 twin beds, sitting area, TV & picture windows 8 lower deck TWIN cabins 2 adjacent twin beds 1 lower deck TRIPLE cabin 2 upper twin beds & a lower double bed
All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning & ensuite bathrooms.
up to 4 dives per day from tenders 12 liter & 15 liter aluminium tanks (15 liter at extra cost) aqualung gear rental (request in advance) nitrox rebreather support (request in advance) water temperature: 73 - 82F, 23 - 28C 5 - 7mm wetsuit recommended
accommodation & diving meals, snacks & non-alcoholic beverages compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts use of sea kayaks (except at Guadalupe) a lounge area in a local hotel until boarding time round-trip transfers from the hotel to the boat
international & domestic airfare airport transfers to & from the hospitality suite alcoholic beverages optional wifi Aqualung rental gear (please request in advance) nitrox, re-breather support & steel tanks 15 liter tanks port fee & possible fuel surcharge
PELAGICS BY DAY, JACUZZI BY NIGHT
On the large & glorious partially-covered sun deck, you'll a Jacuzzi, a bar and, of course, everything you need for catching rays. Just below on the bridge deck, the guest area is devoted to 6 enormous suites. One level down, on the main deck, you find the air-conditioned dining room, completely separate interior lounge, another bar, 2 more suites (which connect and can be opened up into one enormous suite) and Belle Amie's fabulous dive deck. The lounge offers a small library plus a TV/stereo entertainment system and Sat phone, email & internet access will be available. On the lower deck, there are 8 standard staterooms and one triple cabin.
You can expect a fusion of Mexican and West Coast North American food with fresh baking, produce and vegetables. You'll enjoy a full cooked breakfast. Lunch usually includes salad and soup of the day plus sandwiches, pizzas, fish tacos, burgers or fajitas. Snacks are served after each dive and dinner includes a nice array of both Mexican and American style meals. You'll also find a wide variety of moderately priced alcoholic beverages in the bar.
Nitrox is available at extra cost and Belle Amie is rebreather friendly.
Length: 147-feet (45-meters) Beam: 33-feet (10-meters) Built: USA Launched: 2015 Stabilized ISM safety certified 17 ensuite staterooms and suites Internet access & satellite phone Caterpillar engine power Air fills, nitrox, rebreather friendly
Belle Amie takes divers to Socorro from November to May and to Guadalupe from August through October for cage diving with the Great Whites.
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Socorro (November - May) 8-night Socorro trips are typical. Specific itinerary will be subject to weather conditions each day but will almost always include San Benedicto, Socorro & Roca Partida.
You can expect to dive with giant mantas with wingspans up to 20 feet. They accept your presence in their habitat and seem to approach divers seeking contact. The experience is spine-tingling. You may also see up to 10 varieties of shark: from schooling hammerheads, to Galápagos sharks, whitetip reef sharks, silver-tips, silkies, tiger sharks and oceanic whitetips. The list also includes whale sharks and dusky sharks and on occasion even a thresher shark.
A typical 8-night itinerary follows
Day 1 – boarding begins at 8pm in Cabo San Lucas Day 2 – at sea … arrival at San Benedicto in the evening. You’ll have a briefing and cocktail hour before dinner. Day 3 – San Benedicto (3 – 4 dives, depending on conditions) Day 4 – Socorro Island – 3 dives + evening snorkeling with silky sharks under flood lights Day 5 – Socorro Island (3 – 4 dives, depending on conditions) Day 6 – Roca Partida (4 dives) Day 7 – Roca Partida Day 8 – at sea … return to Cabo the next morning
Guadalupe (August - October) 5-night trips to Guadalupe with 3 full days of cage diving.
Guadalupe is simply the best destination in the world for calm clear water and consistently high probability of multiple shark encounters per day.
A typical 5-night itinerary follows
Day 1 – meet in San Diego at 7:30pm .... bus ride to Ensenada .... boarding at 9:30pm Day 2 – at sea … arrival at Guadalupe in the evening. Day 3, 4 & 5 – cage diving from 6:30am to dusk Day 6 – at sea … arrival at San Diego at 7:30pm
Guadalupe: Arrange your flights to the San Diego airport (SAN). You will need to arrive at the Nautilus Hospitality Suite before 7pm. From there you will be transferred (approximately 2.5 ours by coach) to the ship in Ensenada, Mexico. At the end of your cruise the ship normally arrives back at Ensenada at 2:00pm or a bit later. You will be transferred back to San Diego Dive Center or San Diego Airport. The coach typically arrives in San Diego by 7:00pm. Please do not book return flights earlier than 9:00pm.
Socorro: You will fly into the San Jose del Cabo airport (SJD) and proceed to the Nautilus dive center at the Tesoro Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas. There you can leave your bags, tour town and enjoy a nice dinner before boarding the ship. The crew works hard right up to boarding time to get the boat ready so please meet them at the hospitality suite and not at the boat. You'll be transferred to the boat for an 8:00pm departure time. On the final day disembarkation is at 8.30am for transfer back to San Jose del Cabo airport (SJD). We recommend that you book your return flights for 10:00am or later.