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Dive Review of Solmar V in
Mexico (Western)

Solmar V: "Socorro excels with giant mantas and friendly dolphins", Jan, 2016,

by John Yavorsky, NJ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9196 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Excellent diving on my second trip with Solmar V to the Revillagigedos Islands off Cabo. The giant mantas like bubbles on their bellies and come back to you. Up to 10 at a time from 10' to 90'; hard to tell where to point the camera. And then 6 or more dolphins come streaking by to play. There are few places on the planet where dolphins get this close, this often for so long. At least 4 close (less than 10') dolphin encounters in a week. Also lots of sharks, hammers at 140' and my first tiger. Jan to Mar may also spot whales but no luck this trip. Also missed out on bait balls. Definitely one of the top dive destinations in the world.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving 25 liveaboards and dozens of land-based world wide.
Closest Airport Cabo San Lucas Getting There Cabo San Lucas

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 70-75°F / 21-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally 100' max. and try to keep with divemaster with each group of 6-7 on panga (RIB) dives but buddy team generally could do their own dives when Solmar anchored.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Good setups for camera table, rinse tank and chargers. Crew took good care in passing camera rigs to/from pangas.
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By Ellen Marie Smithin MN, US at Jan 02, 2017 18:28 EST  
I asked the Divemasters on my recent trip...whales are in the area Jan to Mar but not one of them had ever been in the water near them. However, all of the wonderful things listed above will made this one of my best trips ever! Thanks for the helpful review.
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