The Solmar V is a comfortable steel vessel that offers a number of different exciting dive trips in the waters of Mexico. She dives the Socorro Islands from November to June and Guadalupe Islands for the great white sharks from August to October. If you are into big fish, a trip with Solmar V might be the excursion of your dreams. But it will be hard to make a decision which trip!
The spacious lounge is comfortably furnished in brass and mahogany wood. It offers guests a small library, a large flat screen TV with VCR and DVD, a stereo and a PC for image processing. There is plenty of delicious food on board. Fresh fruit and snacks, coffee, tea and mineral water are served throughout the day. Local wines and beer are served free of charge for dinner.
The spacious, partially shaded deck invites you to relax on board. Throughout the vessel, there are 110V with US power outlets. Plus, in the same area as the computer work station, there are six 220V plugs set aside for European guests. Electronic equipment is state of the art and meets the latest safety standards. There are 2 large dinghies for diving.
The 34m (112ft) long Solmar V is a modern vessel. It can accommodate a maximum of 22 divers in its 11 well-furnished and comfortable double cabins. Trips usually do not carry more than 20 divers. All cabins have private bathrooms and are equipped with individually controlled air conditioning and a TV / DVD combination. The 6 superior cabins are slightly larger and are located in the middle of the vessel. The 5 standard cabins are in the front part of the ship.
Solmar V offers up to 4 dives daily. Depending on the dive site, the diving is done from the main vessel or the two dinghies. Experienced divers can dive in buddy teams. Nitrox is available for a fee and those who require rental equipment must register in advance.
The Revillagigedos Islands consist of 4 islands & San Benedicto Island, Socorro Island, Roca Partida and Clarion. Divers simply call them Socorro.
The Revillagigedos Islands (commonly called Socorro) offer the best big fish dives in Mexico's waters. There are many shark species, including large schools of hammerheads, silvertips, silky sharks, oceanic whitetip sharks, and tiger sharks. Dolphins are also common. The main attraction are the great Pacific manta rays that come regularly to the cleaning stations of the islands. The best time to dive in this area is from November through to May.
In San Benedicto, you can observe mantas at very close range. From February to April, you can watch humpback whales in the waters around Socorro. All dive sites offer interesting underwater structures of great depth but the vegetation is quite sparse. Sailing to Socorro takes 20-26 hours each way, depending on the weather.
In the Sea of Cortez, there is an abundance of fish. The dates of these trips vary each year but usually run in June, July and October. The best months for diving are from July through to November when the water temperature is pleasant 23°C-28°C (74°F-84°F) and visibility is generally good. The main attractions are the hammerhead sharks at El Bajo Seamount and the colony of sea lions at Los Islotes. Close to La Paz you can go snorkeling with whale sharks.
Guadalupe Island is located in the Pacific Ocean approximately 165 miles west of Ensenada/Mexico. Guadalupe Island is well known for extraordinary great white shark excursions. August through to October the Solmar V travels to Guadalupe Island for great white shark cage diving. The visibility is often more than 30m (100ft) and the water temperature averages 18°C-21°C (65°F-70°F). This is cage diving at its most exciting and because you will be using surface supplied air (hookah) instead of scuba tanks, this adventure is open to both divers and non-divers alike. However, there is one extra cage for certified divers which they take to 10m (33ft) depth.
Solmar V is a comfortable dive vessel with great service. They schedule their excursions according to weather seasons, so you get the best diving possible.