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Dive Review of Solmar V in
Mexico (Western)/Islas Revillagigedo

June, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Sean Bruner, AZ, US
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Report Number 7627
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Fiji, Galapagos, Cozumel, Bonaire,
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minute dives, not strictly enforced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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This is our third trip to the Revillagigedo Islands aboard the Solmar V, so
we obviously have had good experiences on the boat.  Our last trip was five
years ago and our first was three years before that, so it had been a
while, but the captain, one of the panga drivers and two of the dive
masters were the same we have had on all three trips.  That says something
about the company and its employees.  This was by far the best of the three
trips, one of the best wed been on anywhere.
The boat left the harbor at Cabo San Lucas and headed out for the 24 hour
crossing to the islands.  The seas were calm even though a hurricane had
passed through the week before, forcing the boat to scuttle the trip to the
Islands and do a trip in the Sea of Cortez instead.  We arrived at Isla San
Benedicto the next afternoon in time for our check-out dive.  Plenty of
fish and interesting creatures, although not the big stuff we had come to
The next day, we dove the famous El Boiler for four dives.  No mantas on
the first dive, but  ...
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By Gary in AB, CA at Jun 18, 2014 13:18 EST  
That was painful to read as we were on the Nautilus Explorer the week
before and the entire trip was cancelled due to Hurricane Amanada.  The Sea
of Cortez is not comparable to Soccoro - at least one of us got lucky :-)
By philip nicozisis in FL, US at Jun 21, 2014 23:59 EST  
Great review, very helpful. Thank you !
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