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Dive Review of Solmar V in
Mexico (Western)/Islas Revillagigedo

Solmar V, Jun, 2014,

by Sean Bruner, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7627.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Fiji, Galapagos, Cozumel, Bonaire, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute dives, not strictly enforced.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments This is our third trip to the Revillagigedo Islands aboard the Solmar V, so we obviously have had good experiences on the boat. Our last trip was five years ago and our first was three years before that, so it had been a while, but the captain, one of the panga drivers and two of the dive masters were the same we have had on all three trips. That says something about the company and its employees. This was by far the best of the three trips, one of the best wed been on anywhere.
The boat left the harbor at Cabo San Lucas and headed out for the 24 hour crossing to the islands. The seas were calm even though a hurricane had passed through the week before, forcing the boat to scuttle the trip to the Islands and do a trip in the Sea of Cortez instead. We arrived at Isla San Benedicto the next afternoon in time for our check-out dive. Plenty of fish and interesting creatures, although not the big stuff we had come to see.
The next day, we dove the famous El Boiler for four dives. No mantas on the first dive, but ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By gbergeron13in , at Jun 18, 2014 13:18 EST  
That was painful to read as we were on the Nautilus Explorer the week before and the entire trip was cancelled due to Hurricane Amanada. The Sea of Cortez is not comparable to Soccoro - at least one of us got lucky :-)
By pnicozisisin , at Jun 21, 2014 23:59 EST  
Great review, very helpful. Thank you !
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