At Socorro, these giants choose to interact with divers! They come in very close (less than 1 meter!), make eye contact with you and then swim along beside you totally on their terms.
Socorro Island - Home of the Giant Mantas
The giant pacific mantas which you will meet at Socorro are the largest of the rays and we believe they are the most majestic creatures in the ocean. They swim by moving their wing-like pectoral fins, which can grow up to 7 meters wide, but usually average about 5 - 6 meters.
At Socorro, these giants choose to interact with divers! They come in very close - less than 1 meter! - make eye contact with you and then swim along beside you - totally on their terms. What is even more extraordinary is that the local population of bottlenose dolphins have learned to mimic the behaviour of the giant mantas. It is very likely that these wild dolphins will also move in close and intimate to divers during your trip.
The Nautilus Difference
When you set off on a trip on the Nautilus Belle Amie, you will experience "adventure" in every sense of the word. You will voyage to remote volcanic islands in protected marine biospheres that very few people ever experience. Depending on the destination, you can either dive with great white sharks or giant manta rays, wild dolphins and up to 10 different kinds of sharks. In-season, you can even get in the water with humpback whales. The men and women of our crew come from all over the world and share your love of diving as well as a commitment and passion to provide excellence in guest services. Safety never comes second on our ships and our Captains, mates, and engineers are trained and certified first-responders with a full medical kit on board. We are committed to sustaining the ecosystems of the places we visit and actively support conservation and scientific endeavours. We invite you to join us and share our love for Mother Ocean.
Socorro trips are 8 nights, 9 days. We also offer 10 and 12 night combo trips that combine diving at Socorro with the best of the Sea of Cortez, 15 night combo trips combining Socorro with Clipperton Island, and 15 night combo trips with the great white sharks of Guadalupe Island. During the regular trip you can expect 22 dives plus a thrilling night snorkel with silky sharks hunting under the ship's deck lights (unless it is a full moon - the silkies don't like to cooperate when it is a full moon)
Your trip starts at the main dock in Cabo San Lucas where you will board the "Nautilus Belle Amie". The vessel is custom designed for divers to the highest possible level of comfort and safety with a layout that utilizes every square foot of available space. Everything is first class and certified to the same exacting international SOLAS and ISM standards as the largest cruise ship.
Day 1: Enjoy sunny Los Cabos before you board at 20:00 and leave at 21:00 for Socorro Islands.
Day 2: At sea. Evening arrival at San Benedicto Island.
Day 3: San Benedicto is home to the friendliest giant mantas in the world.
Day 4: Dive at Socorro Island. Whale watching during humpback whale season.
Day 5: Dive at Socorro Island, night snorkel with silky sharks.
Day 6: Dive at Roca Partida.
Day 7: Dive at Roca Partida.
Day 8: Steam home. Making our way back to Los Cabos.
Day 9: Cruise ends after breakfast approx 08:30
You can expect 22 dives plus a thrilling night snorkel with silky sharks hunting under the ship's deck lights (unless it is a full moon as the silkies don't like to cooperate when it is a full moon).
Great Dive Sites - Dive in amazing sites like El Canyon, The Boiler, The Aquarium & Roca Partida where there is potential for many up close interactions with mantas, dolphins, humpback whales, whale sharks and more. The diving is more than mantas and dolphins!.The sharking at Socorro ain't bad either. See up to 10 different species of sharks including schooling hammerheads, silkies and white tip sharks. After a long and hectic day diving why not relax in the hot tub after dives. Join us for wine & cheese party. At night, head up to the sun deck and enjoy a movie under the stars. Snacks are offered all day long, and we also have a great selection of spirits and wine.
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