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

Solmar V, Feb, 2004,

by Scott McGill, Texas, USA . Report 942.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Saba, Belize, Honduras, Palau, Truk, Flower Gardens, Yap, Chinchorro
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 74 to 69 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No dives below 130, no nitrox available, no dive knives allowed, no lights allowed
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales 1 or 2
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments No film processing, small table for cameras

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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