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Dive Review of Solmar V in
Mexico (Western)

Solmar V, Jun, 2004,

by James R. Grim, Pa., USA . Report 957.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Mexico, Red Sea, North Carolina, North Atlantic, Caribbean, Florida, Vancouver BC, Galapagos, Truk, Palau, Yap
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 72 to 74 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deeper than 130 and no deco diving
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales >2
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is my fourth trip on the Solmar V and one of the best. We had good interaction with mantas at "the boiler," saw whales everyday, had dolphins by the boat during the day and at night. Did several dives at "el canyon" where we saw schooling hammerheads.
The crew was very cooperative. Good dive briefings.
The food was plentiful and very good. We had steak 3 times.
The dive sites varied from no current to lots of current and sometimes with surge. This is open ocean diving and one has to be ready for anything and for things to change from dive to dive.
Airfills were quick and always at 3000 psi or more.
This trip can be all or nothing or little bit of everything. Mother Nature is in charge and in four trips has never disappointed us. Looking forward to another trip next year.


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