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Nautilus Belle Amie

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

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On Board Nautilus Belle Amie

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)
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.

Travel & Cruise Logistics

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.

Layout & Specs

View the deck & cabin layout


Length: 147-feet (45-meters)
Beam: 33-feet (10-meters)
Built: USA
Launched: 2015
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.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

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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


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