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

Solmar V: "Great Manta and Dolphin Encounters", Feb, 2019,

by David Marchese, PA, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 15 Helpful votes). Report 10862.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments The crossing was rough but not painfully so. When we arrived at San Benedicto, the water was still rough and the currents were too strong to dive the Boiler. So we did 4 dives a day for two days at The Canyon site. We saw at least one manta on each dive along with white tips and silvertips. We also saw several hammerheads, but they mostly stayed at the limits of visibility. The currents were strong, sometimes to the point of needing to kick as hard as you could to penetrate it or resort to "rock climbing" to make headway, which wasn't easy with my DSLR rig. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Bay Islands, Bahamas, Fiji, Saba, Maldives, California, Revillagigedo, Cozumel, Midway, Kona, Galapagos, Panama, Palau, Tahiti, Cocos, Malpelo, Tonga, PNG, Komodo, Sulawesi, Holbox, Solomon Islands, Belize, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Wakitobi, Alor, Marquesas, GBR
Closest Airport Cabo Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 40 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions They split the 22 guests into 3 groups and wanted us to stay in our groups. Dive times were limited to 50 minutes (including safety stop).
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The low to moderate viz made some photography difficult. Plus, most sharks (especially the hammers) kept their distance. While t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By report author: David Marchese in PA, US at Feb 28, 2019 12:54 EST  
Edit: "...surely won't..." in my last line! :-)
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