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

Solmar V: "The Holy Grail of big animal encounters", Apr, 2018,

by Chris Kienstra, IL, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10551 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Years ago I traveled to Malpelo and had a so so experience. Two years later I returned and it was one of the best trips ever! Sharks and big animals everywhere!
Four years ago I went to the Socorro Islands and it was just okay. Mantas at the Boiler and Whitetips at Boca Patrida. This last April I returned with just the opposite results.
We saw Hammerheads, Galapagos, Tiger, Silkies and Whitetips. Mantas on most every dive. Schools of Dolphins and a Whale Shark thrown in for good measure! The fish life at Boca Patrida was outstanding. In 50 years of diving I have never experienced the variety of fish and big animals in one place. The Solomar V is the grand dame of Mexican liveaboards, but has been maintained to a very high standard. My only complaint is the size of the cabins. Even the Superior suites were small and cramped, which kept me from giving the boat a five star rating. Everything else were first class. The guides, the service, the food were all top notch. If I return a third time I would not change a thing. It also helps when you get a diverse group of divers who all got along! (A few of us knew each other from Indonesia but everyone was great.) One hears it all the time, but when you do remote, big animal diving, you never know what to expect!
Websites Solmar V   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Palau, Phillipines, Fiji, Australia, Galapagos, Malpelo, Mexico, Caribbean, British Colombia, Great Lakes, Bahamas, Belize, etc.
Closest Airport Cabo San Lucas Getting There Direct from Dallas

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 74-80°F / 23-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20-60 Ft/ 6-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decopression
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large table on the aft deck. Limited areas for recharging and set up. (The large table was also usedr by non photographers.)
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