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Dive Review of SOLMAR V in
Mexico (Western)

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by DAVID BENSON, CO, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 699
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
MEXICO, BELIZE, BONAIRE, CURACAO, SABA, STATIA, DOMINICA, DISCOVERY BAY
MARINE LAB, CRIB MARINE RESEARCH CENTER,  FLORIDA, CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON,
AUSTRALIA, NEW CALIDONIA, VANUATU, 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
0   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
7
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
THEY DID NOT WANT US GOING TOO DEEP AS MANY DIVERS WERE ON NITROX.  I
BELIEVE SOME COMMENTS WERE MADE TO ANOTHER GROUP ABOUT THEIR DEPTHS BY THE
DIVEMASTERS.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
CAMERA TABLE WAS CROUDED AS WE HAD SEVERAL "PROS" ABOARD WITH
SEVERAL CAMERAS EACH, BUT IT WORKED.  RINSE TANK PROVIDED.  CAMERAS TAKEN
FROM DIVERS REBOARDING BOAT AND GIVEN QUICK DUNK IN CAMERA TANK.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
CABINS WERE SMALL, NICE BUT SMALL.  I STAND ONLY JUST 6' AND WITH MY FEET
ON THE WALL AT THE FOOT OF MY BUNK MY HAIR WAS ON THE OTHER WALL.  WE HAD
ONE FELLOW WHO COULD NOT TURN OVER IN HIS UPPER BUNK AS HIS SHOULDERS WERE
TOO WIDE AND WOULD HIT THE CEILING.  FOOD WAS QUITE GOOD AND PLENTIFUL
PEDRO HAD BEEN ADVISED OF MY ALERGY AND MADE SEPARATE DISHES AS NEEDED. 
ENTIRE STAFF TRIED TO BE HELPFULL.

DIVING WAS GOOD AS I WAS ABLE TO PHOTOGRAPH THREE SPECIE OF SHARK (REEF
WHITE TIP, SILVER TIP, GALAPAGOS - SOME ALSO WERE ABLE TO PHOTOGRAPH
SCALLOPED HAMMER).  AS WELL WE HAD ENCOUNTER WITH A 18' FRIENDLY MANTA ON
ONE DIVE AND A PAIR OF 14' MANTAS ON ANOTHER. ANOTHER DIVE WITH A SINGLE
MANTA. MANTAS ALL STAYED AROUND. TWO PODS OF DOLPHINS ON ONE DIVE THAT WERE
CLOSE ENOUGH TO GET SOME GOOD SHOTS BUT THEY WERE NOT INTERESTED IN US BUT
JUST PLAYING IN THE SAME WATER.  ANY DIVE WHERE WHALE SONG IS VIBRATING
THROUGH YOUR BODY HAS TO BE CALLED A GOOD DIVE AND WE HAD TWO OR THREE OF
THOSE BUT NEVER SAW A WHALE UNDERWATER.
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