Nautilus Belle Amie, Mexico

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Highlights

  • Amenities & services comparable to a 5-Star boutique hotel
  • Complimentary pre-trip photography workshop available
  • Enhanced safety protocols in place
  • Dive with giant mantas at Socorro or great white sharks in Guadalupe

Custom-built for divers, the Nautilus Belle Amie ship is the largest of the Nautilus Liveaboards’ fleet. With amenities akin to a floating boutique hotel, and a reputation for offering high-level service on board, the Nautilus Belle Amie accommodates 32 guests in 17 en-suite staterooms and suites. On the lower deck are 8 twin staterooms plus one affordable triple occupancy stateroom. The main deck has 2 premium suites, and 6 superior suites are located up on the wheelhouse deck. Bedding in the suites has the option of being converted to twins or doubles. All rooms also feature individually controlled air-conditioning. 

On the main deck is a large salon and dining area, where a fusion of Mexican and West Coast North American food is served. All dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, food allergy options, and quasi kosher can be catered to with prior notice. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are buffet-style, and the evening meal is served plated, buffet or family-style. There are two fully-stocked extensive bars on board, which include single malts, micro brews and a large selection of wine. The large sun deck has space for everyone to enjoy lounging in the sun, and also has a hot tub to warm up in-between dives, or enjoy after diving with a drink and snack.

The heavy steel construction with stabilization of the Nautilus Belle Amie liveaboard means she was perfectly designed for ocean crossings to get divers to the world-class dive sites of the Socorro Islands, or over to Guadalupe for up-close encounters with great white sharks. From November - June the Socorro Islands are open to offer some of the best diving in the world. Friendly mantas, dolphins, humpback whales, pilot whales and up to 10 species of shark are just some of the marine encounters that the Socorro Islands have to offer. Or for those who want to get up close with great white sharks, the Guadalupe season offers from July - November each year. The large dive deck, onboard nitrox and 3 large dive skiffs ensure an easy diving experience.

The Captain and crew of the Nautilus Belle Amie have heavily invested in crew training, equipment and safety measures to ensure all COVID-19 guidelines from the Mexican government including parks, port captain and the Mexican navy have been met.

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Included: Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Special Dinner, Diving Package, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboard, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: 5% VAT, Dive Insurance, National Park Fees, Port Fees (75 USD per day), Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance, Gratuities, Airport Transfer (25 USD), Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox, Nitrox Course, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses, WiFi internet.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Stand Up Paddleboard

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rebreather Support
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving

The crew speaks English and Spanish.


Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

Nautilus Belle Amie Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2005
  • Year renovated 2018
  • Length 147 feet
  • Beam 33 feet
  • Max guests 32
  • Number of cabins 17
  • Tenders Dive skiffs: 3 x high speed large inflatables
  • Water capacity Unlimited
  • Freshwater maker High Capacity

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Nautilus Belle Amie Reviews

  • 9.5 Exceptional
  • 56 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    9.5
  2. Crew
    9.3
  3. Food
    9.9
  4. Diving
    9.7
  5. Value
    9.3
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Janet Y
  • United States United States
Trip of a lifetime

I had the best time of my life in Gadualupe. In October and November, expect to see bigger females. I saw many sharks. I particularly enjoyed shark ID at the end of the day when we identified the sharks we saw from the shark log. The crew and other passengers onboard were all fantastic people.

Recommended for
1. Saw lots of sharks 2. Accommodating crew and fantastic 3. Excellent facility
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Alexander J
  • United States United States
Top end start to finish

Perfect trip start to finish. Every member of the staff was a pleasure, the boat ran more smoothly than any I've been on, and the diving was all I hope for and more. Excellent food, professional guides, and great value.

Recommended for
Impeccable accommodations, smooth operations, phenomenal diving
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Donna P
  • United States United States
The staff was excellent and surpassed my expectations

The sharks

Recommended for
Staff, professionalism, promptness
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Timothy M
  • United States United States
nautilus belle amie to soccoro.

see the best 3 things above.

Recommended for
crew, diving and accomodations
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael J
  • United States United States
Awesome Manta, Dolphin, and Shark encounters

Best part of the trip are manta encounters - saw a manta breach after swimming with the dive group. Also the islands around Socorro are well protected, so this is a rare experience in terms of animals that are not afraid of humans due to fishing, etc. Only downside is that the trip to the islands is long and sometimes rough.

Recommended for
Manta encounters (friendly intelligent mantas circling divers in search of bubbles), playful dolphins, Shark encounters (tons of white tip reef sharks, occasionally bigger sharks like hammerheads (rare) or Galapagos), pristine island environments.
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Nidhi J
  • United States United States
Diving was spectacular, while everyone was nice, except for one dive master the rest were not up to snuff.

I really enjoyed the diving. Was not as diverse as Galapagos, but a lot of close diving with Mantas, sharks and whale shark, often just 1-2 feet away. One dive we spent 30 minutes with one manta and it then followed us around! One dive we were in the canyon with many many galapagos, silky, white tip reef sharks etc, all around us for 30-40min. Saw dolphins twice. The food was pretty good. But limited for vegetarians, often fell short and kept giving potatoes in every other meal. Last meal there was no vegetarian main course. I think they served guacamole for one meal and mexican food also only one meal. The boat is nice but outdoor space was only in the roof and the smokers also in the roof. For 31 people it was not enough. Though the Galapagos aggressor was not as nice a boat there were more outdoor spots to sit than in this. I would recommend Socorro, but maybe another boat.

Recommended for
Diving, mezcalita, good group.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael H
  • United States United States
Simply breathtaking!

The biggest shark we saw scraped my cage with her pectoral fin as it swam by....

Recommended for
Sharks sharks sharks!!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Angela T
  • United States United States
The best dive and crew experience I’ve had

Virtually unlimited underwater time, multiple sharks on every dive that come right up to the cages, and a crew that makes you feel like family. I did this trip solo, and always felt included, valued, and looked after. It was the best travel and dive experience, and hopefully more than a once in a lifetime trip. Kudos to the Bella Amie team!

Recommended for
The crew is amazing, food is outstanding, and the sharks are an experience I’ll never forget
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Joe C
  • United States United States
Absolutely Amazing!

We saw white sharks on every dive. The boat offers 5 cages so you never feel like you’re doing the same thing twice. Each night was a special event on the sun deck, including a complimentary wine tasting. The crew was top notch, friendly, and knowledgeable. I would definitely do this trip again!

Recommended for
The sharks, food, and comfortable accommodations
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Pamela W
  • United States United States
Spectacular beyond belief.

By far getting a chance to dive with the beautiful Great White Sharks and photograph them. A once in a lifetime experience. I definitely want to return again to dive with these amazing animals.

Recommended for
The crew were all amazing and really catered to the passengers over and above expectations. The professionalism of the crew. The Nautilus Belle Amie is a beautiful first class comfortable boat. The cage diving was epic.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kristan K
  • United States United States
Overall, a fantastic experience and our first live aboard.

Great whites first of all. Amazing crew - all of them! Every meal was delicious. Happy hour with our new friends on board. Sharks!

Recommended for
Crew, food, number of passengers
  • 10 Exceptional
  • john L
  • United States United States
Absolutely amazing trip

Non stop sharks Big females and aggressive males for 3 days straight.

Recommended for
Crew , Food , Sharks
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Renee P
  • United States United States
Big boat lots of people, great DMs

The diving was amazing in Socorro but, the DMs made the experience that much better. I liked how they handled large groups of divers based on their own preference of diving style. It made for a healthy guest experience. Very interactive & entertaining with guests. Dive deck a little bit cramped and isn't the easiest on/off board although it is manageable all things considered. Captain runs a good ship

Recommended for
The crew! The Dms! Spacious rooms
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Peter K
  • United States United States
Amazing staff and experience

Yes, the diving was amazing. The boat was comfortable and extremely well-equipped. The thing that stands out about this trip, more than anything else, was the staff. Everyone from the captain and engineer, to the hostesses and cooks, to the divemasters and videographer were amazing. They were extremely good at their roles while being friendly, fun, and creating an amazing culture on the boat. I couldn't have asked for anything more and would book again!

Recommended for
The staff, the staff, and the staff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Tamara V
  • United States United States
Amazing and hard working crew, always having our safety in their best interest.

The animals were amazing. The purpose of this trip was to see hammerheads and WOW!!!!, over 200 of them. Just like shark tank on TV. The crew were knowledgable and showed me things about my equipment. There were always goodies and treats to munch on. There was always plenty of hot water after the dives.

Recommended for
The food yum, the cleanliness, the space to relax and offering to share videos with others.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • sebastien L
  • United States United States
Amazing!

Roca Pertida was magical; love the cleaning station at San benedicto and I love the dolphins at the "boiler."

Recommended for
Space, Set Up, Crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • janelle G
  • United States United States
The ship and staff were great

Even though I was prevented from being able to scuba I was able to see a couple of Mantas while snorkeling

Recommended for
The accomadations, the staff, and the Mantas
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Christopher M
  • United States United States
Best diving trip of my career, thanks Belle Amie staff!

The customer service aspect really made my time aboard well worth the time and money. The food was absolutely delicious, and the dive sites and experienced dive masters made me feel comfortable under water. Every aspect of the trip was spot on, hats off to a phenomenal Nautilus operator. Will easily and gladly rebook next year!

Recommended for
Staff experience, boat layout, food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Karin S
  • United States United States
Superlative In Every Respect

Crew genuinely cared for each passenger and have a passion to serve. The diving is excellent. Cabins very modern snd comfortable. I’m a vegetarian and don’t like carbs. The head stewardess asked me “what do you eat at home” and they tried to make it for me. One time we were on the RIB about to set out to the dive site and my HP hose burst. The captain had my regulator off like a flash, handed it to a crew member to put on a new HP hose snd three minutes later we were off! They even noticed my gauge was in bar and substituted it for a bar HP hose. Incredible! Like the Captain said, we run a NASCAR like operation.

Recommended for
Crew; Diving; Luxury Boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Elizabeth C
  • United States United States
Wonderful cruise

We have been on numerous liveaboards and the Belle Amie is exceptional. The boat is clean, comfortable and spacious. Crew are solicitous and friendly. Food and drink are plentiful and tasty. We had great diving and were the only boat at the sites. Great manta, shark, dolphin interactions. The diving is well-organized to optimize the experience of all divers. We will be back!

Recommended for
Pelagius, comfortable boat, friendly and helpful crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • john L
  • United States United States
Amazing experience

Giant Mantas , whale shark, dolphins

Recommended for
The crew was second to none. The ship was large and comfortable , the diving was amazing
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kathleen S
  • United States United States
A top bucket list dive experience

Socorro was amazing, the boat crew were top notch, the accommodations were fabulous and we saw everything we expected and more. Dolphins, humpback whales, manta rays were incredible, sharks were everywhere and to top it off we saw a whale shark. Water temperature warmed than expected but still cold. Food was excellent too.

Recommended for
Manta Rays, dolphins, and hammerhead sharks
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Allison D
  • United States United States
Epic and unbelievable experience

Diving with a whale shark, playing with Mantas, and so many sharks. It was Disneyland under the water.

Recommended for
Mantas, crew, and people we met
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Debra A
  • United States United States
Giant manta rays.

Seeing sharks and manta rays

Recommended for
Crew,great rooms,food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Chelsea I
  • United States United States
The definition of "Perfection"

From the moment we boarded the Belle-Amie, to the final goodbye's at the dive shop, I felt like I was in the best hands possible for this once in a lifetime experience. The crew is truly second to none. I know I've come away from this trip with lifelong friendships, forged underwater whilst dancing with dolphins, and on-board, whilst laughing non-stop with the kindest, funniest crew possible. The endless details of the Belle-Amie herself are too many to count. From the thoughtful sticky-pads on all the flat surfaces, ensuring our drinks and other items remained upright, to the ample outlets scattered throughout, which allowed all devices to be charged without worry, the Belle-Amie is a ship unlike any other. I have absolutely no idea how the kitchen staff managed to create the decadent meals they did, for a group as large, and a trip as long as ours, but it felt like we were dining in a 5-star restaurant each and every day. I could go on forever, but I'll leave it at this; I will cherish the memories made on this trip for the rest of my life, and look forward to making many more with the Nautilus crew in the future.

Recommended for
It's difficult to choose the best three things, as everything was fantastic. If I had to, I'd say the incredibly kind & thoughtful crew, the majestic creatures of Revillagigedo, and the wonderfully maintained vessel, filled with too many thoughtful details to count. .
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Katrina K
  • United States United States
The service was excellent at all levels and the animals were spectactular.

The interactive dolphins and manta rays were amazing. The sea life in Socorro act like no place else in the world. You get close interactions and the manta rays will stay around for the whole dive. I have never seen so many and such a wide variety of sharks.

Recommended for
The best 3 things about this trip were the crew, the other guest and the animals.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • John K
  • United States United States
Fantastic Crew and Boat-unforgettable experience

Unlimited cage diving and photo opportunities

Recommended for
Great Whites, Crew, Boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Francesca D
  • United States United States
Shhhhhaaarrrkk

The whole process ran smoothly. Considering the amount of divers on board and the coordination of three submersible and two surface cages plus wranglers. The Belle Amine is an amazing experience. Of course, no one can guarantee the appearance of wildlife but we were lucky enough to see sharks everyday and multiple, up to ten sharks, at a time. The crew was great at getting to know everyone and talking about the sharks. This is definitely a trip I would go on again….and again.

Recommended for
The sharks, the crew, the boat
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • R Houston F
  • United States United States
Wonderful experience, truly a blessing to see such a beautiful and powerful animal.

Having the shark inches away form the cage. I was so tempted to touch it.

Recommended for
Experienced dive master, always looking out for us. An experienced boat captain, never felt uniformed. The coolest way to see and experience an very misunderstood creature, what power and energy.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Carla Y
  • United States United States
A wonderful and memorable experience!

I realized that a lot of people in the world are not privileged to see such large majestic creatures up close and safely, which made me appreciate the experience so much more. I also enjoyed my time being surrounded by nature and hearing the sounds of the sea, as this was truly therapeutic. The supportive and helpful crew, who took the initiative to reach out and engage with me, made all the difference as well. I took pictures with them and included them on my FB page. Of course, traveling with fellow guests-- who at first were strangers-- and learning about their unique backgrounds, their enthusiasm and passion for the sea and their utmost friendliness also made the experience fun.

Recommended for
1) Seeing the Great White up close 2) Having very friendly, knowledgeable and hospitable crew-- Service with a smile :) 3) The weather was great!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Anonymous
The highest quality and be far the best live aboard with the greatest crew, anywhere!

Interactions with the crew. Great White Sharks. Food. Interactions with the other guests.

Recommended for
Accommodations, Crew, Food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Julie Q
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A truly memorable experience with friendly staff, excellent food and the most amazing diving.

We picked this trip as we had never seen an oceanic manta, they did not disappoint. In addition we saw dolphins up close underwater and numerous species of shark not seen before plus, on one dive, several amazing encounters with a whale shark. The organisation by the crew to ensure we had the best experience whilst on the boat was truly exceptional, nothing seemed too much trouble. Although the diving was intense, when out of the water we were able to relax and felt cared for by all the staff. Such a good trip with great memories to look back on, until the next time...

Recommended for
The people, crew and divers. The boat, comfortable and relaxing. The diving, incredible!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Yomgma B
  • South Korea South Korea
Gorgeous

All those marvelous experience underwater

Recommended for
cabin condition, diving experience, friendliness
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • David W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Amazing - but a shame about the Hurricane

The boiler - diving with a huge number of dolphins. The Mantas swooping around us - the 4 dives on the boiler were sensational. The 3 days in the Sea of Cortez were very disappointing - salvaged a little at the end by a couple of dives with very playful sealions

Recommended for
animal encounters - animal encounters - dive masters
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Joe D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Life changing experience, life long memories!

Seeing some of the biggest sharks on the world. Faultless service from the crew. Great food and suite.

Recommended for
Sharks, food and the service by the crew.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael O
  • Germany Germany
It was an amazing trip

Mantas real close Whaleshark Sharks One downside: the price for WiFi is ridiculous!

Recommended for
The hospitality, the comfort, the very professional focus on safety
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael O
  • Australia Australia
Awesome

Manta diving.

Recommended for
Mantas, food, crew.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Lance S
  • Australia Australia
Brilliant

Diving with the mantas, fantastic and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. A great crew.

Recommended for
The captain, crew and of course the diving!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Marek K
  • Poland Poland
Time of my life

Sharks. So many of them. Lot more then I have expected

Recommended for
Sharks, crew, boat itself
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kai P
  • Germany Germany
once a lifetime experience

see lots of great white sharks

Recommended for
diving, crew, cabin
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Travis M
  • Canada Canada
Trip of a lifetime!

Just got back from Socorro on Nautilus Belle Amie and had an amazing trip. The crew were amazing from the start right through to the end of the trip. We saw many giant mantas, dolphins, at least 8 types of sharks, and much more. Could go on and on with what we saw on this trip. Would love to do it all over again some day!

Recommended for
Marine life, crew, and great food!
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Christine T
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Fantastic dive trip

marine life

Recommended for
The marine life abundance, dive crew, board crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • federico M
  • Italy Italy
Great crew and great dives

school of hammerheads, mantas every day and some doplhins. The crew is outstanding, very friendly, always smiling when not laughing. On the negatives the pressure for tipping. It didn't come from the crew at all, I felt it more fromthe owner who is trying to set some mimimums tipping thresholds. Didn't like it.

Recommended for
marine life and crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ellie D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
An unforgettable and memorable expedition

What an incredible diving experience - it delivered on every level with an abundance of sharks, inquisitive oceanic mantas, playful dolphins and even a whaleshark (super unusual at the time of year I was travelling!). The guides were incredibly professional, and all the boat crew took our safety to be their utmost priority but it never got in the way of us enjoying ourselves and experiencing everything that the Socorro islands had to offer! The meals and service and care from the hostesses was incredible, and we were also treated to interested and well delivered marine presentations from the divemasters. Plenty of space on the boat to find a minute of calm or relax and always a friendly face to chat to - be it crew or fellow diver! I can't wait to go again!

Recommended for
Crew, comfort and cuisine!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • HOJOON L
  • South Korea South Korea
Nice Crews and Boat condition

Schooling of Hammerheads. I felt suffocated when I first saw them. It was Amazing and thrilling experience.

Recommended for
Lots of Mantas, Hammerheads, Dolphins
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Saori S
  • Japan Japan
Professional opearation

Exciting diving with excellent dive guides. All crew are very professional and serious about safety, making sure all guests enjoy the trip fully.

Recommended for
safety, exciting big animal encounters, professional crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Carlotta B
  • Italy Italy
Everything was perfect

The boat was amazing, huge, clean and luxurious. The food was abundant and great, especially because I'm vegan and it's not easy to prepare good vegan meals. All the crew was amazing, always friendly and helpful. I did amazing dives surrounded by dozens of mantas and sharks. Simply perfect!

Recommended for
Boat, crew and animals
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sandra F
  • Canada Canada
A most excellent adventure

We were surprised to see as many sharks as we did. There was never more than a minute that we didn’t see some. The highlight was a surprise visit from a whale shark. We also saw some tuna hunting the sardines that surrounded us. The crew was professional and very helpful.

Recommended for
Sharks were plentiful, boat was very comfortable, food was good.
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