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

Solmar V: "Mantas, dolphins and sharks, oh my.", May, 2015,

by THOMAS SMITH, MO, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 8242 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Solmar V is an older boat that has been doing the Revillagigedo Islands for many years. It's clean and well maintained, if a bit smaller than newer liveaboards.

The crew was great, the food ok, and the diving spectacular.

Departing from Cabo on Sunday early evening, we reached San Benedicto Monday afternoon in time for a check-out dive. The crossing was a bit bumpy, but not awful. Tuesday was spent doing 4 dives at El Canon (The Canyon), from the big boat, where we saw mantas and white tip sharks, with a Galapagos shark passing well below us. The current on a couple of dives was brisk, and the water temp about 78F.

An overnight steam brought us to Roca Partida, where we did 3 dives a day for the next two days from zodiacs. The schooling hammerheads were there, but way deeper than us due to warm water (again, about 78F). We did see a few silvertips, some Galapagos, tons of white tips and there were usually silkies cruising around on our safety stops. There were a few manta sightings, but the biggest thrill were the frequent dolphins. Also saw some pretty big tuna.

Another overnight crossing brought us to Socorro Island for 4 dives one day from the Solmar. The water was colder, 75-76F, and the vis lousy. There were a few mantas and sharks about.

Finally, we returned to San Benedicto for our last day of 4 dives at The Boiler. The first dive was moved to 7AM so we could get a decent start when we left the island. Our day at The Boiler was the perfect end to the trip, with mantas waiting for us on every dive: 1 or 2 the first dive, then 2-4 the second, up to 4 at a time the 3rd and a whopping 7 mantas the entire dive on the 4th. Sprinkle in lots of dolphins and the occasional shark for what was without a doubt one of my best days diving in 25 years.

A nice smooth crossing got us back to Cabo Sunday evening in time for a last dinner on board.

Pros: great crew, decent food, lovely diving
Cons: smaller boat, lousy single suppliment policy (2x times a double, including paying 2 park fees, fuel surcharges etc)
Websites Solmar V   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Fiji, Cocos, Galapagos, French Polynesia, PNG, Solomons, Palua, Truk, etc
Closest Airport Los Cabos Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Very flexible on depth, times limited to 45-60 minutes
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 2 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 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]
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