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Dive Review of Solmar in
Mexico (Western)/Sea of Cortez

Solmar, Jul, 2002,

by Sherry Carberry, FL, USA . Report 145.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida, Caribbean, and Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 69 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions depth
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We were expecting water in the upper 70's to low 80's. When we arrived we were told the water was in the low 70's. We were able to rent heavy wet suits at the dive shop before getting on the boat. Wished we had been informed early so we would have been prepared with hoods. Ship was the nicest livaboard we have been on and Axel was an excellant dive master. Crew was overall very pleasant and worked hard to keep the guest happy. Visability was often poor, the water cold, and sometimes a current. However, we did see a whale shark, two manatas, and large schooling fish. Highlights also included diving with the sea lions that were very playful. We enjoyed the sea lions so much that we stayed for an extra afternoon to dive with them some more. I booked the trip 10 months in advance and then Solmar reduced the rate by $200/person. I call Solmar and they refunded me $200/person that I had paid.
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