Nautilus Explorer - Epson World Shootout adventure

Techniques editor Todd Winner teams up with the Nautilus Explorer to host a shark trip
By Michael Zeigler

Nautilus Explorer / Epson World Shootout at Guadalupe Island August 3rd -13th 2011


Award-winning underwater photographer Todd Winner teams up with the Nautilus Explorer


Join Todd Winner for the ultimate great white shark experience and a chance to win fabulous prizes aboard the Nautilus Explorer from August 3rd - 8th, and again August 8 - 13th, 2011.  We will be taking a private coach from San Diego to Ensenada where we will board the Nautilus for 5 nights each trip. 



Nautilus Explorer


The Nautilus Explorer is a luxury world-class liveaboard with plush staterooms, gourmet cooking and even a hot tub.  They have one of the best viewing platforms for photographing great white sharks which includes their two submersible cages that descend to 40 feet and two additional surface cages. 


Nautilus Explorer

Todd's images won Best in Show at the 2010 LAUPS International Underwater Photo Competition


Nautilus Explorer


Todd Winner and Underwater Photography Guide are pleased to join Nautilus Explorer during the Epson World Shootout.  Todd will be on-hand to offer photo seminars and assistance in getting the best imagery possible.

Nautilus Explorer is a proud sponsor of the 2011 Epson World Shootout and we want to make sure that our loyal guests have the best opportunities to win the prize.  Join us on Aug 3rd in Guadalupe so that you can participate in the contest and possibly win big.

The 8 day World Shootout will take place in August 1-8, 2011, in any natural water resource found around the world, including seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, under the ice and more.


Competition registration deadline is July 30th, 2011.

Earlybird Registration (no later than July 1st, 2011) entitles the participant to submit a free additional set of images in each category the participant has registered to.

World Shootout Categories and Prizes

1. Main Category – The Dive Destination Portfolio

1st prize - $5,000 USD check courtesy of Epson
2nd prize -  Liveaboard Scuba Diving Adventure for 2 aboard Nautilus Explorer to any of their offered destinations: great white sharks of Guadalupe Island, the giant mantas and dolphins of Socorro Island, giant octopus of British Columbia, or icebergs of Alaska. Courtesy of Nautilus Explorer
3rd prize - 10-night trip for 1 person aboard the Philippine Siren, Indo Siren or Maldives Siren. Courtesy of Worldwide Dive and Sail



August at Guadalupe Island is when we have the place virtually to ourselves - aside from the 109 individual great white sharks we counted there last season!!  This is your opportunity to dive to 40 feet with up to 4 or 5 white sharks at a time in crystal blue water and in-water divemastering. All this from a luxury world-class liveaboard with an exceptional, highly experienced crew. Oh yes, our sparkling clear hot-tub with swim-up cookie and drink service just makes the experience that much better! 

Diving is done via surface supplied “hookah” with backup dive gear in each cage. Submersible cage dives are 30 minutes long and if you are a certificated diver, you will have the opportunity to make 3 dives a day.. Dive time in the “suspended cage” and “surface cage” is unlimited.



August 3, 2011 - 6 days 5 nights.
Value added package worth up to $1400 (Includes accommodation upgrade while space is available. Prior night hotel included. Reimbursement of airport transfers. $100 bar credit. Includes port and park fees).

Premium Berth $4200
Superior Berth $3450
Single Occ. Stateroom $3687.5
Stateroom Berth $2950
Triple Stateroom Berth $2550



Fly-in gateways are San Diego and Los Angeles, California and Tijuana, Mexico (connecting via Mexico City). We offer complete round-trip transfers from a hospitality suite at the Ramada Hotel in San Diego and we ask all our guest to be there and ready to go by 7:30 p.m. The Nautilus Explorer departs in the evening for a 20-hour voyage to Isla Guadalupe, generally arriving the next day at dinner time allowing for a nice restful night’s sleep before the action begins the next morning. We generally arrive back in port at 2 p.m. on the last day of your trip with included transfers back to San Diego later that afternoon.



Please ensure that you are at the following meeting place no later than 7:00 p.m. on the day of departure. We recommend this property for pre and post trip hotel stays. Make sure you ask for the Nautilus Explorer rate. If you are staying overnight, the hotel offers an airport shuttle service on days checking in and checking out from the hotel and a continental breakfast. Please call the hotel upon your arrival to request a pickup. If not staying at the hotel, you can take a taxi or request a pickup by the Ramada shuttle. The Ramada charge will be USD10 per trip. Parking is normally $7 per day but no charge when you are checked in. Please ensure to register your car at the front desk or it may get towed.

Ramada Inn San Diego Airport
Owner/Managers Bob and Jyoti Bhakta
1403 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92106


BOOK YOUR SPOT by contacting Todd Winner at


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