Nautilus Explorer - Belle Amie
May 19-27, 2023

Giant manta rays, dolphins, 10 different species of sharks, whale sharks, and bait balls. This is what you can expect in the Socorro Islands!

Trip Leader: Cathy Christopher


Up close interaction with giant mantas and dolphins happens consistently year-round at Socorro. The unique interaction with giant mantas is what Socorro is famous for! The shark diving is not bad either with 10 different species of sharks resident in the Islas. The water temperatures start chilling down to 73 – 74 degrees in January, which is when 1200 humpback whales from Alaska migrate down to Socorro for mating. You will see loads of whales on the surface and you will hear them singing underwater. You may even hear them singing through the hull of the ship at night. Most incredible of all is the opportunity to snorkel with these magnificent animals.

The Belle Amie is a 140’ spacious, luxury dive vessel. Cabins are comfortable and well- appointed with en suite facilities and individual climate control. Most dives are conducted from 3 dive skiffs. Belle Amie can accommodate between 28 - 30 divers, though you will never feel crowded. The large dive deck gives plenty of room for camera equipment, dive gear, and rebreathers alike. At the end of a spectacular day of diving relax in the hot tub and reminisce about your day!


  • 10 nights/11 days aboard the Belle Amie
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages on board
  • Up to 22 dives plus 1 night snorkel with silky sharks
  • Marine ID slideshows
  • Use of on board kayaks
  • Ocean First escort

Not Included:

  • Roundtrip airfare Denver - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Hotel stay in Cabo San Lucas
  • Nitrox
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Crew gratuities
  • Baggage fees
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Any unforeseen cost at the time of booking.

Trip Cost: 

  • $5,395 superior cabin, double occupancy
  • $5,795 guaranteed single occupancy (only 2 cabins available)

Payment Schedule:

  • Nonrefundable deposit to reserve: $1,000
  • $1,500 due 8/1/22
  • $1,500 due 11/1/22
  • Final payment due 03/01/23
  • Passport must be valid for 6 months after departure date

Cancellation Policy:

  • Changes made to the reservation may result in additional fees.
  • Cancellation 180 days or more: refund given based on reselling the space.
  • 179 - 120 days: original deposit is forfeited as well as any vendor fees.
  • 119 days or less or a no-show: no refunds given.

Standard Recommended Accessories:

  • GoBe S500 LED light
  • Safety sausage w/ whistle (SMB)
  • Squeeze Lock knife
  • Reefsaver

Trip Specific Recommendations: 

  • Primary dive light
  • Hood or hooded vest
  • Tropical weight dive gloves
  • Advanced OW Diver or higher certification
  • Nitrox certification