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

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Toombs, TX, USA
Report Number 40
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG-3x,Palau-3x,Yap,Truck,Solomons,Wakatobi, KBR, Biak Indonesia. Sipidan,
Bahamas-2x, Belize-10x, Cozumel-8x,Rotan-3x, Cayman-2x
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
73   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 max  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Table used by everone for everything, with electrical connections under the
stairs, where dripping water from those going to top deck ran onto plugs,
chargers, batteries and photo equipment. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
2 stars    
Advertised as a luxury yacht. Would have gladly traded the etched glass and
fancy paneling for more sound deadner and roll dampeners. Rooms were
miniscule, 6ft x 7ft. Being 6ft2in, I could not even stretch out on the
horrible mattress. The room was SO noisy and vibrating and the boat rolled
so much, we slept on top deck when the friend of the owner(a non PAYING
guest) was not having a loud drunken party. The room A/C was either on, a
freezing 66F, or off, hot and stuffy. The mini combination shower, head,
stunk. There was no storage space and we had a SUPERIOR room. The dive
briefings were lousy. You were not told about the ripping current that
slamned you back into the boat after doing a giant stride. You were told to
stay with the divemaster, who proceeded to do aerobic enduro swims, so when
you stopped to take a picture, he was gone. The boat men were evidently
used to this, as we were picked up fairly quickly even when spead out. The
food was okay, but if you were unlucky to be in the two tables closest to
the kitchen, you had to evacuate immediately when finished, so the crew
could be fed. This was our 9th liveaboard. After being on a
"Dancer" and "Agressor", this boat is definitely third
rate.  Peter Hughes or Agressor need to put a boat there. The diving could
have been interesting, but the information supplied by the boat pre-trip
said the water would be 80-82F, it was 73-74F. We FROZE.
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