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Dive Review of Solmar V in
Mexico (Western)

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Schnabel, CA, USA
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Report Number 4612
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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

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
74   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
[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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