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Dive Review of SolmarV in
Mexico (Western)/ between Lapaz and Cabo

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by james Rieter, nevada, USA
Report Number 2175
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize,Martinque, California,Cancoon,Cenote's and Lake Mead
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
With a full boat we had a lot of equipment, we all worked together well so
room was adequate. 

Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
 Betty and I arrived 4 days early to Cabo and stayed at the Solmar Hotel.
The Solmar is walking distance from town and sits on a near empty white
sand beach facing the Pacific Ocean. Great food, nice pool and room.  
If you want to see coral, go to the Caribbean. If you want to see fish come
to the Sea of Cortez. 
Rooms are very small on the SolmarV and were in and upgraded room. 
Something I was very upset about was that we would have to ask for snacks
between dives and sometimes did not get them or they would arrive during
the next dive!  I literally had to ask all 3 of the DMs what was going on
with the food and finally I had to go bitch to the cook on the 2nd day. We
should not have to beg for food on a high end live aboard.  The rest of
food was just ok.
The dive crew was not too bad as DMs, nice group of guys. Two Pangas are in
the water at all times when divers are in the water to keep an eye out for
you and pick you up if you prefer a ride back to the boat.
 Betty loved the chase of a pod of pilot whales that they first thought
were dolphins on one of the pangas. We also spent most of a glorious day
diving with sea lions. Was very much hoping to see a hammerhead, did not
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