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Dive Review of Solmar V in
Mexico (Western)

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by James R. Grim, Pa., USA
Report Number 957
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Mexico, Red Sea, North Carolina, North Atlantic, Caribbean,
Florida, Vancouver BC, Galapagos, Truk, Palau, Yap
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
72   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deeper than 130 and no deco diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This is my fourth trip on the Solmar V and one of the best. We had good
interaction with mantas at "the boiler," saw whales everyday, had
dolphins by the boat during the day and at night. Did several dives at
"el canyon" where we saw schooling hammerheads.
 The crew was very cooperative. Good dive briefings.
The food was plentiful and very good. We had steak 3 times.
  The dive sites varied from no current to lots of current and sometimes
with surge. This is open ocean diving and one has to be ready for anything
and for things to change from dive to dive.
  Airfills were quick and always at 3000 psi or more.
This trip can be all or nothing or little bit of everything. Mother Nature
is in charge and in four trips has never disappointed us. Looking forward
to another trip next year.

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