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Dive Review of Shark Diving International/Solmar V in
Mexico (Western)/Mexico

Shark Diving International/Solmar V, Sep, 2007,

by Heidi Sheltry, VA, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 4124.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Indonesia, Panama, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Honduras, Florida, Saba, St Kitts, North Carolina, British Columbia, California, hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 68 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 30 minutes in the top-side cages 4 times a day.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large camera table in the center of the dive deck. Seperate rinse tank for cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 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 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Solmar V runs a great operation and this trip was no exception. Shark Diving International's CEO Laurence Groth and his crew did a fabulous job of making sure that everyone was happy and well taken care of. They ran a very safe operation. The trip begins with an overnight stay in San Diego. The next morning we took a comfortable chartered bus for a 4 hour ride across the boarder to Ensenada Mexico where the Solmar V is docked. The ride out to Guadalupe took about 22 hours because the sea was very rough. There were huge swells and several people were sea sick. The wind and swells did not let up once we anchored at the Island. It was so rough and windy that the crew could not get the cages in the water. With diving not a possibility we hung around in the salon and watched jaws 1, 2 & 3. The next day the wind and swells died down enough to put the surface cages in but not the submersible cage. The sharks came the minute they put the cages in water and were there on every dive. Because the water was rough we had only one day to use the submersible cage that went down to 25 feet. Spending time in this cage was the ultimate rush. The front and back of the cage each have about a 4 foot opening so the view was unobstructed. Taking pictures while in the surface cages was a challenge. There were so many small fish that it was hard to capture a shark without a fish in its face. The crew did their best to get them out of the way by putting chum in the water away from the approaching sharks. The little fish would go after the chum leaving a clear view of the sharks. In the submersible cage the small fish were not a problem so the encounters were incredible. The ride back to Ensenada was worse than the ride out. Even with the high seas and windy weather this was a trip that was well worth it. Two thumbs up!!!
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