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Nautilus Belle Amie

Nautilus Belle Amie

$2995 USD / 8 nights

Built: 2015
Length: 45 meters / 147 feet
Beam: 10 meters / 33 ft beam
Engine: Caterpillar engine power
Nitrox $
WIFI Available
Tech and/or Rebreathers Supported

Nautilus Belle Amie
Nautilus Belle Amie
Nautilus Belle Amie
Nautilus Belle Amie
Nautilus Belle Amie
The Belle Amie is the newest ship in the Nautilus fleet, launched in 2015. At 147 feet she is a big, beautiful liveaboard that is more like a small ship than a dive boat. Guests enjoy ultra-quiet rooms, spaciousness, comfortable, and stable ocean crossings.
The Belle Amie is the largest of the Nautilus liveaboards. The ship is more like a five-star hotel, with large salon and dining areas, as well as an open-air bar on the sun deck, an expansive dive deck and, a hot tub.
The Nautilus ships cruise the waters of the Sea of Cortez, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas, Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, Guadalupe Island and the Socorros Islands in search of the big critters. Great white sharks, hammerheads, whale sharks, silky sharks, bait balls, giant mantas, sea lions, and dolphins are all encountered. These ships are packed with adventure and amazing shark encounters. And the Cabo Pulmo UNESCO site filled with more than 6,000 marine species.
Text and photos courtesy of Nautilus Liveaboards

Dive Conditions

Located 240 miles (390 kilometers) off the Baja Peninsula, the four Revillagigedo Islands offer some of the best diving in Mexico. Of these, Socorro Island is the most famous. It’s so well-known that often the group of islands is referred to as Socorro Islands rather than its proper name, the Revillagigedo Islands. Advanced divers flock to remote Socorro Island and its neighbors for fantastic encounters with a plethora of pelagic species.
All diving at Socorro Island is carried out by liveaboard. These vessels depart from Cabo San Lucas and generally spend about a week around the island and its neighbors. It takes approximately 24 hours transit time to reach this remote destination from the Cabo San Lucas.
It’s also important to note that diving at Socorro Island should not be attempted by novice divers. The currents are strong and unpredictable, relegating this to advanced divers only. Because of the biosphere regulations of Socorro Island, divers are prohibited from using knives, lights or gloves. Camera lights are permitted.
November to May is considered the best time to dive in Socorro Island. Liveaboards set sail for this remote island at this time, because the sea conditions in the Pacific are calmest during these months. The weather is generally sunny with occasional rain showers.
Manta rays can be seen throughout the year in Socorro, but during the winter months, divers also have the chance of spotting a whale shark or one of the thousands of humpbacks that breed and calve in the area. At this time, visibility is negatively impacted is by plankton blooms. These are most common around the full moon. If you’re headed to Socorro and want the best conditions for manta ray diving, book your holiday between November and May.
Water Temperature ranges from 21-23C/70-74F during the winter and 24-28C/76-82f during late fall and spring. Usually, a 5mm wetsuit with an optional hooded vest works well at Socorro. Dive gloves are not permitted at Socorro by law. Underwater visibility varies depending on the dive site, season, currents and other conditions. Roca Partida often has the best visibility, reaching over 100 feet. There are sometimes reports of lower visibility in November and December when whale sharks are found feeding on plankton.