Solmar V is a professional dive liveaboard in Mexico, it offering dive liveaboard trips to Socorro Islands and Guadalupe Island according to the dive seasons. It can accommodate up to 22 guests.

Kris

22/08/2015

I have been on several live-aboards. Solmar V is my favorite. They are very professional. Captain Gerrardo is the hardest working captain on any ship I have ever been on. Go on this ship and you will...

Description

Boat

Solmar V was specifically designed with traditional strong steel hull with wood interiors, 34 meters in length with 110 and 220 voltage outlets onboard. The interior is outfitted in brass, rich mahogany, granite table tops and is completely carpeted. It is one of the deluxe liveaboard here in Mexico.

The salon is located on the main deck, it can comfortably seats all of our guests and there is a large-screen HDTV, VCR, DVD player and stereo system. It also has satellite phone systems for emergency use.

Solmar V offering 3 gourmet meals per day, plus in-between snacks. Onboard menus vary and feature a combination of American and Mexican cuisine, using fresh, locally grown ingredients as much as possible. There are always fresh fruit, cold fruit juices, sodas, fresh-brewed coffee, and both hot tea and iced tea available. The chef can easily accommodate any special requests such as food allergies, a vegetarian menu etc. if you inform us of your needs at least two weeks before your trip.

The dive deck is very spacious and designed for flow and ease of use, even with a full load. The dive stations are positioned around the outside of the dive deck. You don't need to carry your tanks around at any time during your vacation. The crew will fill your tank between dives and move your gear to or from the panga if needed for the next dive. There is also plenty of room on both sides to hang your wetsuits.

At the center of the dive deck is a huge multi-level camera table, complete with charging stations and an air gun. There are also plenty of charging stations inside the lounge.

At the back of the dive deck are four large rinse tanks: two for rinsing gear and two separate bins for cameras. There are also two fresh water showers so you can rinse off after getting out of the water. Fluffy towels are provided and fresh drinking water is always available on the dive deck.


Cabin

Solmar V has 12 comfortable guest cabins, it can accommodate up to 22 guests:

All cabins have air conditioning with individual controls, ensuite bathroom, outlets, storage area etc.

6 Superior Staterooms :
Located on the lower deck, each comes with one double bed and one single bed in bunk style, these cabins are slightly larger than the standard cabins, portholes.

3 Standard Staterooms :
Located on the lower deck, each comes with one small double bed and one single bed in bunk style, portholes.

1 Standard Staterooms :
Located on the lower deck, each comes with two single beds in bunk style, portholes.

2 Single Staterooms :
Located on the lower deck, each comes with one single bed, portholes.


Diving

  • Guadalupe Route : Unlimited cage dives

  • Socorro Route : 3 - 4 dives per diving day

  • All divers must have a submersible console (SMB).

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.

  • Both divers and non-divers are welcome for Guadalupe trips.

  • Divers must reach AOW with at least 50 logged dives for Socorro.


Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available with additional charge
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional charge
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Technical Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available with additional charge
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:Cash (USD/MXN)
  • Crew Number:12, include 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Socorro Islands 9D/8N

The Socorro Islands is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean approximately 250 nautical miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – at the tip of the Baja peninsula. These islands have been compared to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador or Cocos Island in Costa Rica because of the big animal encounters they provide. The Revillagigedos Islands consist of 4 islands – San Benedicto Island, Socorro Island, Roca Partida and Clarion. They are wild, remote and unpredictable.

DAY 1: Departure from Cabo San Lucas about 4 p.m. to San Benedicto Island.

DAY 2: Arrival at San Benedicto about 1-2 p.m.(crossing takes 22-24 hours) rest of the afternoon is spent diving.

DAY 3: Day is normally spent diving around San Benedicto and considering weather possibilities for a crossing to Roca Partida. After sunset boat departs to Socorro Islands - crossing takes 4-5 hours. On occasion if weather looks good we might decide to try Roca before Socorro.

DAY 4: Arrival Socorro Island early a.m. then quick check in at Navy Base for clearance. Most of this day is spent diving around Socorro Island. If conditions are good here or it is humpback whale season we might stay another day but usually we depart back to either San Benedicto or Roca Partida after sunset.

DAY 5: Arrival early a.m. to San Benedicto or Roca Partida, with diving all day.

DAY 6, 7: These days are spent diving numerous sites around San Benedicto and/or Roca Partida depending on weather and if we have been able to get to Roca Partida previously. Both islands known for most of the large animal encounters on our trips. Departure after a full day of diving on day 7 back to Cabo.

DAY 8: Arrival to Cabo after a 22+ hour crossing, depending on weather conditions, which means the boat usually arrives after sunset on this day. Guests overnight in port and disembark the next morning after breakfast onboard. Our dock has a great location near town for those who want to get off and stretch their legs or visit the local night spots.

DAY 9: All clients must disembark after breakfast no later than 9 a.m. Our crew will help you with your bags and in arranging airport transportation.


Guadalupe 5D/4N

The Solmar V starts the Guadalupe season at the beginning of August and runs through October. Our trips are all 4 nights/5days with 3 full days of cage diving.

Clients are picked up on day one at 10 a.m. at our host hotel in San Diego close to the airport and escorted safely down in an air-conditioned luxury coach to Cruiseport Marina in 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.

Once arrived Cruiseport Marina in Ensenada, Mexico, the boat will departing Cruiseport Marina at approximately 12 noon, It’s an eighteen hour crossing putting us at the island early morning of day 2.

We start operations immediately and day 2, 3 and 4 are spent cage diving with great whites. At the end of day 4 we wrap up and start back to port arriving by noon on day 5.

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

This adventure is open to both divers and non-divers alike! We operate two 4-person cages using a proprietary swivel system which hooks to our swim platform making it very easy and safe to get in and out of our cages even in rough weather. We also pioneered submersible cages at Guadalupe and operate a 3-person submersible cage to 30 feet. Having only 20 passengers and three cages enables us to rotate 10 guests in and out every hour all day long. We have thought about adding more cages but decided we did not want a “circus” feel when meeting great whites on their own turf.

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Destinations Guadalupe Island, Socorro
Facilities Nitrox support, Camera station
Languages spoken English, Spanish

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
30/05/2019 to 07/06/2019 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
08/06/2019 to 16/06/2019 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
01/08/2019 to 05/08/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
06/08/2019 to 10/08/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
11/08/2019 to 15/08/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
16/08/2019 to 20/08/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
21/08/2019 to 25/08/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
26/08/2019 to 30/08/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
31/08/2019 to 04/09/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
05/09/2019 to 09/09/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
10/09/2019 to 14/09/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
18/09/2019 to 22/09/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
23/09/2019 to 27/09/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
28/09/2019 to 02/10/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
03/10/2019 to 07/10/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
08/10/2019 to 12/10/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
13/10/2019 to 17/10/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
18/10/2019 to 22/10/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
23/10/2019 to 27/10/2019 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
01/11/2019 to 11/11/2019 10 nights Socorro Ensenada - Cabo San Lucas From $4,199.00 Detail
13/11/2019 to 23/11/2019 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $4,199.00 Detail
24/11/2019 to 02/12/2019 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,559.00 Detail
03/12/2019 to 12/12/2019 9 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,559.00 Detail
13/12/2019 to 22/12/2019 9 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,559.00 Detail
07/01/2020 to 16/01/2020 9 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,799.00 Detail
17/01/2020 to 25/01/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
26/01/2020 to 03/02/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
05/02/2020 to 13/02/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
14/02/2020 to 22/02/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
23/02/2020 to 02/03/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
05/03/2020 to 13/03/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
14/03/2020 to 22/03/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
24/03/2020 to 01/04/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
03/04/2020 to 11/04/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
12/04/2020 to 20/04/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
21/04/2020 to 29/04/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
01/05/2020 to 09/05/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
10/05/2020 to 18/05/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
19/05/2020 to 28/05/2020 9 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,799.00 Detail
29/05/2020 to 08/06/2020 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $4,199.00 Detail
10/06/2020 to 20/06/2020 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $4,199.00 Detail
01/08/2020 to 05/08/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
06/08/2020 to 10/08/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
11/08/2020 to 15/08/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
16/08/2020 to 20/08/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
21/08/2020 to 25/08/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
31/08/2020 to 04/09/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
05/09/2020 to 09/09/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
10/09/2020 to 14/09/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
18/09/2020 to 22/09/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
23/09/2020 to 27/09/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
28/09/2020 to 02/10/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
03/10/2020 to 07/10/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
08/10/2020 to 12/10/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
13/10/2020 to 17/10/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
18/10/2020 to 22/10/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
23/10/2020 to 27/10/2020 4 nights Guadalupe Island Ensenada - Ensenada From $3,095.00 Detail
12/11/2020 to 20/11/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
21/11/2020 to 29/11/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
01/12/2020 to 09/12/2020 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail
10/12/2020 to 20/12/2020 10 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $4,199.00 Detail
27/12/2020 to 04/01/2021 8 nights Socorro Cabo San Lucas - Cabo San Lucas From $3,599.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Socorro 8 nights Standard From $3,559.00
Socorro 8 nights Superior From $3,699.00
Socorro 9 nights Standard From $3,559.00
Socorro 9 nights Superior From $3,699.00
Socorro 10 nights Standard From $4,199.00
Socorro 10 nights Superior From $4,399.00
Guadalupe Island 4 nights Standard From $3,095.00
Guadalupe Island 4 nights Superior From $3,095.00

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Guadalupe Island

Period : The Great White diving season starts from August to November.

Visa's : Certain foreign nationals receive a Mexican tourist card upon arrival which is included in the price of airfare. Otherwise, individuals should attain a visa before arrival. Please check with your closest Mexican Consulate for current entry requirements.

Climat : Average daily temperature ranges from 16°C to 36°C during the Great White diving season.

Water : Water temps range from a low of 18°C to a high of 21°C, so it's advised to bring extra neoprene with you.

Clothing : Light clothes are recommended for the daytime, with warmer clothes for the cool evenings.

Plugs : Type A & B (US Standard) electrical plug with 127 V @ 60Hz

Flights : The best way to Ensenada is to drive from the U.S. And San Diego has the nearest major international airport.

Currency : Local currency in Mexico is the Peso (MXN), other currencies can be easily changed at banks or money changers, and international ATM's are available. Credit Cards are widely accepted.


Socorro

Period : Liveaboards only run trips during November to May every year for the diving season.

Visa's : Certain foreign nationals receive a Mexican tourist card upon arrival which is included in the price of airfare. Otherwise, individuals should attain a visa before arrival. Please check with your closest Mexican Consulate for the most up-to-date entry requirements.

Climat : Average daily temperature ranges from 22°C to 25°C depending on the season.

Water : Water temps range from a low of 21°C in the winter months, to a high of 25°C in the late fall and spring months. But strong current fluctuations mean that there can be cooler water below.

Clothing : We recommend casual and cool cotton attire while on board. Nights can be chilly and/or drizzly so bringing a sweater, light jacket or windbreaker is recommended.

Plugs : Type A & B (US Standard) electrical plug with 127 V @ 60Hz

Flights : International flights from the US arrive directly to Los Cabos San Lucas, otherwise Mexico City has daily domestic flights.

Currency : Local currency is the Peso(MXN). Major credit cards are widely accepted. A surcharge may apply for credit card payments or a discount given for cash. US dollars is the most easily exchangeable foreign currency. And international ATM's are available.

Diver's reviews (2)

Kris, 22/08/2015

I have been on several live-aboards. Solmar V is my favorite. They are very professional. Captain Gerrardo is the hardest working captain on any ship I have ever been on. Go on this ship and you will see what I mean. The crew, I can't say enough about. Everyone is happy to be there and shows it with their hard work and professional attitude. I have had the pleasure to be onboard many times and will be again.

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Andrey, 13/05/2014

I booked Solmar V almost 1.5 years ago before my Socorro trip starts, because this boat always looks booked long ahead in advance (part of the Peter Huges network i think). Solmar 5 was a very good boat with a long history of diving Mexico. Thought the cabins are bit small but everything else were gereat, everything worked, food was FABULOUS. I had a wonderful time and I would love to do another trip on this boat.

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