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

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Scott McGill, Texas, USA
Report Number 942
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Saba, Belize, Honduras, Palau, Truk, Flower Gardens, Yap,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
74   to 69    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No dives below 130, no nitrox available, no dive knives allowed, no lights
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No film processing, small table for cameras
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   
3 stars    
Solmar V is the most uncomfortable and most expensive liveaboard I have
ever been on. Living area of boat is very uncomfortable with no place to
relax, watch movies ect. between dives.  Cabins are terrible with no
storage. Pongas are inflatables and very crowded, diving was very hit or
miss with three days of no palagic sightings. Mantas were not present at
sights which were tauted as sure things for seeing them. Many rules on the
boat that made no sense such as no small dive knives or lights. Dive staff
spent time after dives running around recording divers depths and time
rather than attenting to other duties. Myself and another person got food
poisoning on the boat.
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