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Dive Review of SolmarV in
Mexico (Western)/ between Lapaz and Cabo

SolmarV, Jul, 2005,

by james Rieter, nevada, USA . Report 2175.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Belize, Martinque, California, Cancoon, Cenote's and Lake Mead
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 76 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions basics
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales >2
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments With a full boat we had a lot of equipment, we all worked together well so room was adequate.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Betty and I arrived 4 days early to Cabo and stayed at the Solmar Hotel. The Solmar is walking distance from town and sits on a near empty white sand beach facing the Pacific Ocean. Great food, nice pool and room.
If you want to see coral, go to the Caribbean. If you want to see fish come to the Sea of Cortez.
Rooms are very small on the SolmarV and were in and upgraded room.
Something I was very upset about was that we would have to ask for snacks between dives and sometimes did not get them or they would arrive during the next dive! I literally had to ask all 3 of the DMs what was going on with the food and finally I had to go bitch to the cook on the 2nd day. We should not have to beg for food on a high end live aboard. The rest of food was just ok.
The dive crew was not too bad as DMs, nice group of guys. Two Pangas are in the water at all times when divers are in the water to keep an eye out for you and pick you up if you prefer a ride back to the boat.
Betty loved the chase of a pod of pilot whales that they first thought were dolphins on one of the pangas. We also spent most of a glorious day diving with sea lions. Was very much hoping to see a hammerhead, did not happen.
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