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Comfortable Ride Across to San Benedicto Island – Greeted by Playful Bottlenose Dolphins – Captain’s Log – Jan 25, 2011

February 2, 2011 Written by

This morning after the 24 hour open ocean crossing from Cabo San Lucas and arriving at the volcanic island of San Benedicto Island, a guest commented to me how comfortable the Nautilus Explorer rides through the water. It didn’t hurt that mother nature had blessed us with more beautiful weather and a long rolling swell that slid by under the hull of the Nautilus almost unnoticed.

The stability system helps to counter the natural rolling motion of a ship underway and the bilge keels that run alongside each side of the hull are the difference maker, making the roll of the vessel a slow, easy motion.

On arrival at San Benedicto we were greeted by our usual welcoming party, the playful bottlenose dolphins. A few humpback whale spouts could be seen off the north point of the island. The anchorage at the south end of the island was peaceful and calm with a gentle breeze and blue skies. We decided to spend all three dives in the sheltered anchorage at ‘The Canyon’ after enjoying 2 Giant Pacific Manta Rays as well as a few hammerheads on the checkout dive. The 2 Giant Mantas were present on all three dives and several divers spotted the hammer-heads on each dive also. A couple white-tipped reef sharks and silver tips were also seen. After the final dive of the day and a quick rinse in the hot shower it was off to the hottub to enjoy the sunset with a cold cerveza.

Off to “The Boiler” tomorrow for more playful Mantas!   Socorro Island is closed for the next 5 weeks but we have plenty of other sites to work with..

Captain Gordon Kipp



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