Nautilus Explorer, Mexico



  • Dive with giant mantas and humpback whales in Socorro
  • Constructed with heavy steel and stabilizers for smooth ocean crossings
  • Certified by Transport Canada as the first and only SOLAS ISM passenger ship with the same safety certificate as the largest cruise ships in the world

Sister ship to the Nautilus Belle Amie, the 35m Nautilus Explorer Liveaboard was custom built for divers to explore the amazing sites of Guadalupe and the Socorro Islands, Mexico. Built by divers, for divers for stability, comfort, and safety, the Nautilus Explorer liveaboard comprises 13 cabins, ranging from a cost-effective mixed-gender triple occupancy stateroom to a luxurious premium suite. On the lower deck are 8 twin/double cabins and 1 triple cabin. The hot tub deck has 3 superior suites and the premium suite, which features a separate lounge and floor-to-ceiling picture window. All cabins are equipped with individually controlled AC and private en-suite bathrooms.

The Nautilus Explorer has many well-designed social areas. There are two upper-floor sun decks and a hot tub deck where guests can relax with a glass of wine or frosty beer under the evening stars. The main salon is located in front of the dive deck and has large panoramic windows, and it is furnished with couches, a dedicated PC and Mac computer for video editing, and a 42-inch plasma TV. Onboard dining consists of freshly made dishes, including homemade bread, pastries, and soups combining North American, European, and Mexican flavors.

The Nautilus Explorer schedules itineraries to the incredible sites of the Socorro Islands, famous for manta rays, humpback whales, and vast schools of fish, or on exhilarating Great White cage diving in Guadalupe. The back of the boat is home to the dive deck, with a 5-ton hydraulic crane, water-level platform, and reinforced steel deck for white shark cage diving and support film and scientific crews. There is also nitrox available for certified divers, and the Nautilus Explorer is rebreather friendly.

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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, National Park Fees, Port Fees (35 USD).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (25 USD), Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox, Nitrox Course, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear.

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Available for Charter
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub
  • 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
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Welcome Cocktails

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.


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

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 Explorer Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2000
  • Year renovated 2015
  • Length 132 feet
  • Beam 27 feet
  • Cruising speed 11-12 mph
  • Max guests 25
  • Number of cabins 13
  • Tenders 38' skiff
  • Water capacity Unlimited with high capacity watermakers
  • Freshwater maker 3600 gallons per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

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

Nautilus Explorer Reviews

  • 8.9 Fabulous
  • 62 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Viola G
  • Austria Austria
One of the best diving experiences I ever had!

We got lucky to see all of the big ones and some of them impressively close up, it was just amazing!

Recommended for
The kindness of the whole crew, the under water wildelife and the great food after an exciting dive.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Canada Canada
My trip and the boat was excellent

My first liveaboard trip and boy it was one for the books. I'll be back.

Recommended for
Diving, crew, food
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Alison M M
  • Canada Canada
They Made it Work

Our trip was derailed by a hurricane but the staff and crew did their best to shift our itinerary in a way that would still work well. Diving with the Manta rays was a real treat, as was snorkeling with sealions. There was a moldy smell in my cabin but I imagine this is common among boats. Unsure if I would book this one again based on varied responsiveness of head office staff.

Recommended for
Two great dive masters. Great guests on board. Good effort by staff to adapt to challenging weather.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Brad G
  • Canada Canada
Go Nautalis Explorer, you won’t be disappointed!

Very seldom do I write a review about an experience when travelling but every so often one comes along that I think deserves recognition. I travelled with my daughter on the trip to Socorros and it was first class from start to finish. The Nautalis Explorer was very well laid out , perfect for diving, the sleeping quarters were very comfortable and the food was great! The best thing about this trip, and I can’t stress this enough, was the crew on the Explorer! From the moment I arrived right up to the moment I left these people were amazing. They worked long hours and went above and beyond to ensure all the guests were happy. On a type of trip like this issues naturally arise and wether it be clients gear or special personal requirement they immediately took care of the situation and rectified the problem in a professional manner well always smiling. There is not one thing I could complain of about anyone on the crew, in fact at times I felt guilty as to how hard they worked well we just dove and relaxed. Thanks again to all the crew for making this trip so memorable! The diving was amazing to say the least, Mantas, Humpback Whales and sharks of all kinds including Hammerheads! Go Nautalis Explorer to Socorros, you won’t be disappointed!!

Recommended for
The crew, the diving & the food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andrew S
  • Canada Canada
A great adventure to a remote place for interactions you can’t get anywhere else.

Giant mantas joining divers on safety stops and orbiting until surface time.

Recommended for
The crew, the service, and the freedom to push the limits on all dives.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Henry M
  • France France
to do at least once in your diving life !

Mantas, sharks, dolphins

Recommended for
first,dive, second dive and third dive
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Juan P
  • Colombia Colombia
Excelente sitio de buceo, tripulación y atención a bordo.

Haber compartido con mantas gigantes, delfines y gran variedad de tiburones

Recommended for
Peces abundantes, buena atención y tripulación muy cordial.
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Michael O
  • Australia Australia
Disappointing Vessel

Interaction with the Great Whites.

Recommended for
The Sharks, The Food, The Crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Marc V
  • France France
High expectations, met and exceeded

The manta and dolphin encounters are like nothing on the planet - animals have become used to the respect and love that divers feel for them and will come to play with you. The divemasters are about the best we’ve ever come across; friendly and always ready to help, and attentive to what the dive team was doing. Finally, the service from the hostesses and the chef, was simply amazing.

Recommended for
The animal encounters, the friendly and authentic crew, the awesome location
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Richard W
  • Austria Austria
Wirklich teuer, aber eine unvergessliche Reise

Das Boot ist ja nicht mehr neu, aber tadellos in Schuss…. Die ganze Mannschaft leistete Unglaubliches, auch war der Koch toll und sehr motiviert. Die Tauchgänge selbst waren so, wie von LifeAboard beschrieben, der absolute Höhepunkt waren drei Tauchgänge ganz nahe bei einem bei Roca Partida rastenden Buckelwalweibchen mit ihrem verspielten Baby, die sich durch die Taucher nicht aus der Ruhe bringen ließ - unvergesslich!

Recommended for
Tauchgang mit Humpback + Baby, zahllose Haie, und der Anblick von „Roca Partida“