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Solmar V

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The 112-foot (34-meter) Solmar V offers cruises to both Socorro & Guadalupe (for Great White Sharks) and takes a maximum of 22 divers in her ambiance of Old World charm.

 

 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


ON BOARD SOLMAR V


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ACCOMMODATION ... AMENITIES ... DIVING ... WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • CABIN TYPES
    6 lower deck DOUBLE / TWIN cabins
    double bed and single bunk above
    4 lower deck TWIN cabins
    twin bunk beds
    2 lower deck SINGLE cabins
    raised bunk bed 
    Each mahogany-detailed cabin features an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning & a TV/DVD player. 


  • DIVING

    up to 4 dives per day from the dive platform & from tenders

    12 liter alu tanks (DIN & INT valves)
    scuba gear rental (by advance request)
    nitrox
    water temperature: 70 - 80F, 21 - 26C  ...  5 - 7
    mm wetsuit recommended


  • GUADALUPE DIVING

    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


  • WHAT'S INCLUDED

    accommodation & diving
    meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages
    beer & wine with dinner
    compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
    all port fees, fuel surcharges & park fees
    transfer to & from host hotel on day of arrival & departure


  • WHAT'S EXTRA

    international & domestic airfare

    alcoholic beverages
    scuba rental gear (by advance request)
    local chamber fee
    nitrox
    16% Mexican tax


CLASSIC SHIP'S DECOR & A WARM WELCOME


Solmar V radiates old-world charm.  The interior is mahagony and brass and will give you the feeling of being aboard a classic yacht from another time.  You'll find plenty of space for relaxing. At the stern end of the upper (bridge) deck is a wonderful, large sun deck with padded sun loungers & wooden deck chairs.  It's partially covered, so you can lounge in sun or shade.  The main deck hosts the very spacious lounge area and restaurant.  In the lounge you find 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.  All cabins are located on the lower deck.

Divers love the roomy, well laid-out dive deck with its super-sized camera table.  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. Food is taken seriously and even lunch is a 3-dourse affair !  During the day there is always fresh fruit available, hot chocolate and a never-ending supply of guacamole ... and, at happy hour there is plenty of Mexican beer & Chilean wine at no additional charge.   Dinner is served with a house "white" or "red".

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


ITINERARIES


At different times of the year Solmar V runs trips to the Socorro Islands & Guadalupe. Trip duration varies from 4, 9 to 11 nights. 

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The final itinerary is, of course, always dependent upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Socorro

From Early November to mid-June Solmar V cruises the Socorro Islands (part of the Revillagigedo archipelago, approximately 250 nautical miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) for 9 to 11-night trips. 

Encounters with huge ocean pelagics is your diving mission. First and foremost, for most of you, will be the contact with giant Pacific mantas, graceful, gorgeous, immense & seemingly curious & "friendly".   Add to that, you have humpback whales (spring season), playful dolphins, at least 7 shark species  .... and massive schools of jacks.  Plus, who knows, you might have the occasion to see orcas, false killer whales, bait balls and other surprises.

The Revillagigedo Archipelago consist of 4 islands – San Benedicto Island, Socorro Island, Roca Partida and Clarion. They are wild, remote and unpredictable.

Guadalupe

From early August until the end of October Solmar V cruises Guadalupe Island for 4 night trips. Guadalupe Island is located in the Pacific Ocean approximately 165 miles west of Ensenada, Mexico.  Both divers and non-divers are welcome, as you won’t be using scuba tanks,but breathing from surfaced supplied air in cages. Visibility is often more than 100’ and the water temperature averages between 65F-70F.

The submersible cage gives divers a 360 degree view!  Diving is done all day, rotating divers every hour.  There are 4-person cages using a  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.

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READ ABOUT SOCORRO & GUADALUPE DIVING

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TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


Socorro

Take your international flight to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico (airport code SJD) at Cabo San Lucas.  We recommend arriving a day early and spending a night at the host hotel.  From there, the boat will arrange your transport to the port. Otherwise, you can take a taxi from the airport directly to the boat.  You'll want to board by 1:30 as Solmar V leaves promptly at 4:00pm. 

After breakfast on the last day, guests disembark no later than 9:00am. For early flights, you will go directly to the airport.  For later flights, you may want to go to the host hotel, The Bahia Hotel & Beach House, where you may use the facilities free of charge, if you purchase food and beverages while you're there.. The concierge at the hotel will arrange transport to the airport.

Guadalupe

Your international or internal U.S. flight should go to San Diego, California. The Solmar V includes round-trip luxury motor coach transfers from San Diego to Ensenada and back to San Diego.  Guests are picked up at 10 a.m. at the host hotel in San Diego close to the airport and transferred roughly 1.5 hours down the coast to Ensenada,  It’s an eighteen-hour crossing so you'll arrive at Guadalupe early on the morning of day 2. Shark diving operations start immediately.  Days 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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