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Dive Review of SOLMAR V in
Mexico (Western)

SOLMAR V, Mar, 2007,

by DAVID BENSON, CO, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 699.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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