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Dive Review of Solmar v in
Mexico (Western)

Solmar v, Oct, 2006,

by Russ Lido, MI, USA . Report 3128.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Galapoes, Eastern, Western, Caribbean, Hawaii, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Rec Diving limits.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

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

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Solmar V is now doing several different dive trips during the year. We did the Sea of Cortez leg Oct 22-29,06.You Fly into Los Cabos,Mexico and board the ship at the town marina. We arrived a day early and enjoyed some of the local cuisine. We stayed at the new Best Western, a very nice motel for the money and the boat will pick you up there. We were lucky to dive at all because of a late season hurricane in the area. I commend the captain and crew for acting so professional with the weather in the area. The Solmar V is well maintained which I knew from reading past Chapbook reports. The cabins were very tight but they had their own head & shower.The ship's new engines are still louder than other liveaboards we've been on. Bring earplugs. The crew,food & other passengers made up for the inconvenience. Diving is done from Zodiacs which can get crowed. Most of the dive sites had an abundance of small tropical fish and many Morey & Spotted Eels,lobsters and crab, plus a few turtles. Diving with the Sea Lions was one of the highlights of the trip. They were even more friendly than ones on our Galapagos trip. We couldn't do some sites because of the bad weather. Went Whale Shark hunting one morning but didn't spot any. This is very relaxing diving, even the night dives were fun. The ship didn't take credit cards so tipping the crew and buying nitrox was difficult new owners need to fix this problem.
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