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Dive Review of Solmar V in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Daryl Briten, MA, USA
Report Number 1187
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Most destinations in the Carribean
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny,dry  
Seas
calm,currents  
Water Temp
72   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Some destinations required Panga diving. This was limited to 50 minutes.
However when diving off the main deck there were no limits however you
could only make 4 dives a day with occasional night dives. depending on
location  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
3 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
2 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
I wasn't aware of how cold the thermoclines can get. I only brought a 3 mm
and ended up having to rent a 3 mm hooded shortie. If you tend to get cold,
I'd recommend a 7.5 mm. If you are a hardy dives, a 5 should be enough. 
The boat is very nice and well outfitted, but small. We lucked out and only
had 8 dives. Boat accomodates 22 I think. Rooms are tiny so pack light!! 
The staff is wonderfyul!!  If you do go, ask them to take you to the
northernmost seamount. They rarely do it but we asked if we could and they
accomodated us. It was the best diving of the trip.
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