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

Solmar V, Oct, 2005,

by Don "Digger" Rowe, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports). Report 2141.

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 Cayman.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco, no solo if no other divers were in water, 50min if diving from Panga, no diving after any alcohol.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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