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Solmar V

Solmar V ext 1B lighter opt

The 112-foot Solmar V offers cruises to both Socorro & Guadalupe. For Guadalupe trips, Solmar has three state-of-the-art shark cages; two float at the surface and one is a submersible to 30 feet.


A word from Dom :  "The pioneer of Socorro diving, the very comfortable Solmar V is considered the "gold standard" by many divers who have sailed with her to the magical mantas & pelagics of the Revillagigedo Islands. Also, superbly equipped for great white cage diving at Guadalupe, the Solmar V is hard to beat.".....  Dominick Macan


  • 6 lower deck DOUBLE cabins
    double bed and single bunk above
    4 lower deck TWIN cabins
    twin bunk beds
    2 lower deck SINGLE cabins
    raised bunk bed

    Each en-suite mahogany-detailed cabin features air conditioning with individual controls & a TV/DVD player.

  • up to 4 dives per day

    diving is done from the dive platform & from tenders (pangas)
    nitrox is available
    scuba gear rental available (tell us in advance)
    water temperature: 70 - 80F, 21 - 26C
    5 - 7 mm wetsuit recommended

  • surface cage with surface supplied air source or hookah
    (no SCUBA certification needed)
    submersible cage diving
    (SCUBA certification needed)
    water temperature: 65 - 70F, 18 - 21C
    7 mm wetsuit recommended
    (plus hood, gloves, booties)

  • accommodation & diving

    gourmet meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, beer & wine with dinner
    compressed air, tanks (aluminium 80s)
    weights & weight belts

    all port fees, fuel surcharges and park fees
    transfer to & from host hotel on day of arrival & departure

  • international & domestic airfares

    scuba rental gear (tell us in advance)
    local chamber fee
    spirits / hard liquors
    16% Mexican tax 
    satellite phone calls

On board Solmar V

  • Solmar V Sundeck opt
    sun deck
  • Solmar V Salon 2 sml opt
    salon & dining area
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    salon & dining area
  • Solmar V Stateroom Superior sml opt
    double cabin
  • Solmar V Stateroom Standard sml opt
    twin cabin
  • Solmar V Stateroom Single sml opt
    single cabin
  • Dive Deck sml opt
    dive deck
  • Solmar V Office sml opt
  • Solmar V Stateroom Hallway sml opt
  • Bridge 2 opt

Deck Plan ... Dive Map ... Technical Specifications

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Country: Mexico
Destinations: Socorro / Guadalupe
Year Built / Renovated: 1980 / 2006
Cabins: 12 (6xSuperior / 4xStandard / 2xSingle)
Length / Beam: 115ft/23ft (35m/7m)
Internet: No
Nitrox: Yes ($)
Rental equipment: Yes ($)
Satellite phone: Yes ($)
Rescue: GPS Yes (complimentary)

Classic ship's decor & warm welcome

Solmar V accomodates a maximum of 22 divers (20 on Guadalupe trips) and operates with a crew of 10 ensuring that guest needs are met from the moment they board.

Onboard you'll find plenty of space for relaxing with both shaded and open outdoor lounging areas, a large salon furnished in mahogany with brass fittings, a small library, a large flat screen TV with VCR and DVD, a stereo and a PC for image processing.

Computer stations are available for use by guests for downloading and archiving images, and image processing using Adobe Photoshop.

Mexican "happy hour" & great grub

During the day there is always fresh fruit available, hot chocolate and a never-ending supply of guacamole. 

When the diving is extraordinary the dive deck is open to divers and you are free to grab a quick bite to eat, then get back into the water.

Solmar V menus vary and feature a combination of American and Mexican cuisine, using fresh, locally grown ingredients as much as possible. There is a variety of cooked-to-order choices for breakfast and you can always count on fresh tropical fruit platters, icy cold fruit juice, yogurt, pastries, an assortment of cereals, teas and fresh-brewed and very strong, Mexican-style coffee.

Solmar V is one of the few luxury live-aboards that serves a three-course meal for lunch which always begins with a fresh, homemade soup, followed by a main course and then a delicious dessert.

At happy hour there is plenty of Mexican beer & Chilean wine at no additional charge. If you like Tequila be sure to try Pepe's Margaritas. They are world-class!

Afterwards you’ll be ready for your relaxing dinner aboard Solmar V. There is fresh salad, then either chicken or fresh fish or beef, always a fresh vegetable or two followed by another decadent dessert. Dinner is served with a house "white" or "red" ... but if you've brought a special bottle the crew willl provide decanters and crystal wine goblets.  

Guadalupe Great White Shark Diving

On Solmar V, there are two 4-person cages using a proprietary swivel system which hooks onto the swim platform making it very easy and safe to get in and out of the cages even in rough weather.

There is also a 3-person submersible cage which operates up to 30 feet.

Having only 20 passengers on board and 3 cages enables the crew to rotate 10 guests in and out every hour all day long making for an ultimate white shark diving experience in Guadalupe whilst making saftety paramount.



From Early November to mid-June Solmar V cruises the Socorro Islands for 9 to 11 night trips.


From early August until the end of October Solmar V cruises Guadalupe Island for 4 night trips. 

The Guadalupe trips are limited to only 16 divers so you'll have plenty of time with the sharks and more room in the cage. The submersible cage gives divers a 360 degree view! Air is supplied from the surface so you don't need a tank. Diving is done all day, rotating divers every hour.

Your cruise logistics


The international airport for Solmar V's home port in Cabo San Lucas where the Socorro Islands trips depart from is San Jose del Cabo, Mexico (airport code SJD)

Once guests arrive on the boat they will be assigned their room and dive station, they then have time to unpack and the boat departs harbor at 4:00PM.

The Solmar V will arrive at the first dive site around 4:00PM on the next day, and guests will have the opportunity to do 1 or 2 dives the first day at Socorro. Every day thereafter 4 dives per day are scheduled. The only exception to that is at Roca Partida because the diving at this location is deeper and, therefore, limited to 3 dives for safety considerations.

There is no fixed specific diving schedule as the captain decides daily where diving conditions are best, but under normal conditions each 9 to 11 day trip includes 5 to 7 1/2 days of diving and the opportunity to do about 20-22 to 27-29 dives. After the last full day of diving at the Socorro Islands Solmar V returns back to harbor at around 8:00PM or 9:00PM and guests will spend their last night on the boat in harbor.

After breakfast on the last day guests disembark the boat by no later than 9:00AM. If flights depart in the morning or early afternoon, then guests will go directly from the boat to the airport and the Solmar V representative in Cabo San Lucas will help them procure transportation paid via cash.

If flights depart mid to late afternoon then guests can be transported to a host hotel, The Bahia Hotel & Beach House, at no additional charge. The Bahia Hotel & Beach House welcome Solmar V guests to relax and use their facilities free of charge, provided they purchase food and beverages during their time there. The concierge at the hotel will help to procure paid transportation from the hotel to the airport. 


All Guadalupe diving trips are 4 nights/5 days with 3 full days of white shark cage diving. The Solmar V also includes round-trip luxury motor coach transfers from San Diego to Ensenada and back to San Diego.

Guests are picked up on day one at 10 a.m. at the host hotel in San Diego close to the airport and escorted safely down in an air-conditioned luxury coach to Ensenada, Mexico. It’s actually a beautiful, scenic drive down the coast once you get past all the Tijuana border traffic. This is about a 1 1/2-hour drive, departing Cruise port Marina at approximately 12 noon.

It’s an eighteen-hour crossing putting guests at Guadalupe early morning of day 2.

Shark diving operations start immediately, day 2, 3 and 4 are spent cage diving with great whites.

At the end of day 4 diving ends and Solmar V starts her trip back to port arriving by noon on day 5.

The luxury coach is waiting to drive guests back to San Diego that afternoon. However, because the border crossing at Tijuana can take time, we advise clients not to book any return flights until late that evening or the next day. 



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