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Dive Review of Solmar v in
Mexico (Western)

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Russ Lido, MI, USA
Report Number 3128
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau,Galapoes,Eastern,Western, Caribbean,Hawaii,Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Rec Diving limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
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  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Solmar V is now doing several different dive trips during the year. We did
the Sea of Cortez leg Oct 22-29,06.You Fly into Los Cabos,Mexico and board
the ship at the town marina. We arrived a day early and enjoyed some of the
local cuisine. We stayed at the new Best Western, a very nice motel for the
money and the boat will pick you up there. We were lucky to dive at all
because of a late season hurricane in the area. I commend the captain and
crew for acting so professional with the weather in the area. The Solmar V
is well maintained which I knew from reading past Chapbook reports. The
cabins were very tight but they had their own head & shower.The ship's
new engines are still louder than other liveaboards we've been on. Bring
earplugs. The crew,food & other passengers made up for the
inconvenience. Diving is done from Zodiacs which can get crowed. Most of
the dive sites had an abundance of small tropical fish and many Morey &
Spotted Eels,lobsters and crab, plus a few turtles. Diving with the Sea
Lions was one of the highlights of the trip. They were even more friendly
than ones on our Galapagos trip. We couldn't do some sites because of the
bad weather. Went Whale Shark hunting one morning but didn't spot any. This
is very relaxing diving, even the night dives were fun. The ship didn't
take credit cards so tipping the crew and buying nitrox was difficult new
owners need to fix this problem. 
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