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

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Don "Digger" Rowe, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 2141
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Maldives,Fiji,Indonesia,Palau,Papua New Guinea, Great Barrier
Reef, Tahiti,Maui, Bahamas,Cancun, Cozumel,Columbus Isle, Turkes and
Caicos, Martinique, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Soccorro, Galapagos, Belize, Grand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco, no solo if no other divers were in water, 50min if diving from
Panga, no diving after any alcohol.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Third trip on Solmar V and will go again.  Crew was excellent. Dive Masters
quickly became friends and made trip a great one. Food was good and
plentiful. If you wanted something, all you had to do was ask. Rooms are
not large but adequate if you don't bring a ton of clothes.

Nominally 4 day dives a day and three night dives during trip. Water was
warm and had a 3mm  wetsuit and a 1mm would have worked better. Vizibility
varied but was only marginal on the fourth dive one day.

Fish life was great. Must be the Porcupine Puffer Fish capital of the
world. Saw many on every dive, sometimes in schools of 30 or more.
Plentiful other species in pairs and schools. Rivals any I have seen in
Carribean.  Dive sites ranged from north of La Paz to just north of Cabo
San Lucas.[None]
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