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

Solmar V, Mar, 2012,

by Mary Marshall, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6712.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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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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