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Dive Review of Solmar V in
Mexico (Western)

Solmar V, Jan, 2009,

by Larry Schnabel, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 13 reports). Report 4612.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]PNG, Yap, Palau, Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Solomon Is., Hawaii, Thailand/Burma, Cocos, Galapagos, Hawaii, all over Caribbean, Bermuda, Hawaii, Italy, Greece, La Paz, Loreto, Cozumel, Channel Is./Catalina
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 74 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 70 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified dove on 29-32% Nitrox so stayed above 100ft, divemasters insisted no deco dives and suggested We surface with around 400-500psi 3 min safety stop, no alcohol until dives for day over, no dive lights, knives or gloves
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None]Great place to see large animals-saw two humback whales while aboard Solmar V ( one breaching out of the water), a pod of False Killer Whales, Bottlenose dolphins, Hammerheads, Silver and Black Tips, Galapagos Sharks ( but no Whale Sharks- need to come in Fall to encounter these) and lots of colorful smaller fish ( ocean teeming with Red Tail Trigger Fish), lobsters and octupi. Some sites had strong currents. But Solmar V had two pangas patrolling the dive area to pick up those who did not surface near the Solmar V or the panga ( some diving is off Solmar V's stern, other dives off a panga using a back roll). The cabins are small , so select a roomate you like or pray if one is selected for you.22 hour journey from embarkation at Cabo San Lucas to first of three dive sites, and those prone to sea sickness need to bring medication. Food delicious and plentiful and price comes with an assortment of Mexican beers and Chilean wines. Divemasters very attentive ( one loaned me his camera memory chip when mine became full). Expensive at around $3300 when tax is added, and Nitrox is an extra $100. But if size matters to you, the large denizens of the Revillagigedo Islands' waters rival what you see in Galapagos or Cocos ( both places I've dove). This my second trip on Solmar V
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