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

Solmar V, Nov, 2013,

by Dr Maynard Luterman, NY, US ( 1 report). Report 7416.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None]Arrived from Buffalo and had arranged to be transferred via cape travel to the boat. Unfortunately cape travel transferred me to a local taxi as they did not have enough drivers and the cabbie had no idea how to find the boat. 1.5 hours later we found the boat by accident. The boat itself is dated with tiny cabins and a lounge area and dining room that are one and the same. While the physical plant is dated the rest of the story is excellent. The diving was outstanding. The divemasters were terrific. Tony the chef did an admirable job and i would say every meal was good. One major complaint is they ran out of canned diet coke and coke. Friends on the boat say this happens a lot on the Solmar V. Memo to the manager less beer more soft drinks. Not having diet coke is truly unacceptable. In addition not having regular dry towels after a dive and having to keep one towel all day seems a little ridiculous when there is a dryer on the upper deck. In addition the cleaning of the rooms could be improved as well......having said this the diving was outstanding and i had a blast. The diving was safe, professional and totally amazing with the friendliest mantas in the world......
Websites Solmar V   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]all over the world
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions yes...limits were explained and nitrox altered for deeper dives
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments no air gun to dry housing.....
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