All photos compliments of Noel Hendrickson www.hendricksonphoto.com
Thanks to Nautilus Explorer I had the wonderful opportunity to spend New Years on a boat in the middle of nowhere with my photographer friend and colleague Noel Hendrickson. The one week live aboard trip left Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and journeyed south into the open sea to the small islands of Socorro, San Benedicto and Roca Partida for some world class diving. The marine oasis is famous for its intimate interactions with the Giant Manta Ray, a truly mesmerizing underwater experience with the overwhelmingly curious and friendly aquatic aliens.
The beautiful dive sites were also teeming with a variety of sharks and other marine life. Schools of Hammerheads, Galapagos, Reef and Silver Tips patrolled the underwater shelves as well as regular appearances from playful dolphins taunting divers with their speed and agility. Although special appearances from whale sharks and even migrating grey whales are occasionally experienced we were left only imaging the emergence of such mammoth shadows from the depths.
The diving lived up to and surpassed all expectations as did the on board experience of the boat. The crew were informative, passionate and fun to be with as were the twenty, diverse, international guests we shared the trip with including a large contingent of patriotic Brazilians.
For us, the dive trip was a recci, an opportunity to experience the trip first hand and plan a future promotional shoot for the company. I’m pretty sure I know what Nautilus Explorer is all about – a unique and awe-inspiring escape into a divine below and above water sanctuary.