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Dive Review of Solmar V in
Mexico (Western)/Socorro Islands

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Mary Marshall, CA, US
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6712
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, multiple Caribbean, Egypt, Indonesia, Galapagos, Fiji, Palau,
California
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
surge, currents  
Water Temp
71   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
7
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits, remaining air.  Good system for checking in after dives on
white board.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  N/A
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Very large camera table, dedicated camera rinse tank, expert handling by
crew in pangas, good technical advice and support
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was our first trip to the Socorro Islands, and we had a wonderful time
despite less than optimal water conditions.  There was more surge and less
viz than other recent trips.  Also, our group wasn't among the lucky few
who saw the schools of dolphins and hammerheads...it just depended where
you were and when you entered.

But, we LOVED the locations, particularly Roca Partida.  Amazing profusion
of sharks and mantas - more than we've seen on any single trip. 
Interesting lava formations underwater.  And, lots of varied fish, eels and
octopus.

The crew was just about the best we've experienced in 25 years of
liveaboards.  They went out of their way to make the trip the best it could
be.  Our dive guide, Daniel, took great photos of us underwater, and he was
an expert guide.  The food was plentiful - warm snacks right after dives. 


The ship is beautifully appointed, and the dive deck is large and
uncrowded.  Safety was very much emphasized.

Bring your Dramamine or patches if you're prone to seasickness. The 24-hour
crossing from and back to Cabo was pretty bumpy.  

Here's my video from the trip - it gives a good idea what it was like. 
Search on YouTube for:    "Socorro Islands Diving Adventure On Board
the Solmar V - Mantas, Sharks and more!" 
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Subscriber's Comments

By mariaoc at Sep 26, 2012 10:02 EST  
Very nicely done, great info with good commentary.
By miriam at Sep 27, 2012 19:01 EST  
Thank you!  If you happen to look at my video on YouTube, please share it
with your friends online...I'm trying to win a repeat trip, and number of
view and comments on YouTube count. Another plus about the Solmar V is that
they run this video contest every year.
By NickFerris at Sep 29, 2012 22:35 EST  
Water temperature is important and evidently varies a lot with the seasons
at Socorro, so why not tell the readers WHEN the reporter's trip took
place?
By miriam at Sep 30, 2012 02:07 EST  
OOPS - this was my first review and I didn't notice where to put the date. 
We were on the Solmar V March 13-21, 2012 (which is written at the front of
my YouTube video about the trip, if you take a look at it.)
By mariaoc at Sep 30, 2012 10:48 EST  
It also appears at the very top of the page, before the name of the
report's author and their location.
By miriam at Sep 30, 2012 11:42 EST  
Thanks...does anyone know a way I can alter my review to make the date
appear at the top, which will be more useful for readers?
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