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The Solmar V Liveaboard is a traditional 112 ft. long steel hulled vessel. The vessel is well cared for and has been tenderly maintained and thoughtfully upgraded. Expect a comfortable interior finished with brass details and classic wooden paneling. Twenty-two guests are accommodated over twelve cabins and looked after by ten crew. The experienced crew operate trips to both Guadalupe Island and Socorro Island. As pioneers in the region, you’ll receive unsurpassed and knowledgeable service from a tight-knit team.
Trips to cage dive with great white sharks passing Guadalupe Island operate between August and October. Liveaboard holidays to Socorro Island, where big animal encounters await, run between November and June. These itineraries offer the best of big fish diving in Mexico; at Socorro Islands expect manta rays, sharks, humpback whales, dolphin, tuna, and much more.
The Solmar V Liveaboard has twelve cabins made up of two single, four standard, and six superior staterooms. Each cabin has AC, TV and DVD player, and a private bathroom. Superior staterooms are a little larger and located in the more stable amidships area.
We recommend the superior rooms if you are prone to motion sickness. Bathroom and dive deck towels are provided as well as basic toiletries.
Expect a variety of Mexican and American flavors created using fresh local produce. Breakfast features a variety of cooked to order options accompanied by tropical fruit, fruit juice, yogurt, pastries, cereals, tea, and freshly brewed superb Mexican coffee. The Solmar V Liveaboard is almost unique in offering a three-course lunch to fuel your diving in Mexico. The chef is famous for his homemade soup, which will be followed by a main and dessert. Dinner kicks off with a fresh salad, followed by a chicken, fish, or beef main, and another delicious desert. Expect tasty snacks both morning and afternoon and don’t miss the decadent Mexican hot chocolate. Fresh fruit, soda, fruit juice, hot and iced tea, and coffee are always available.
Margaritas are served with your afternoon snack; cocktails beer and wine are included in your tariff. Do note that once you have had a tasty alcoholic beverage, you are become a snorkeler for the remainder of the day.
Any special diets, food allergies or healthy eating options can be provided for but would need to be requested no later than two weeks before departure.
The salon is the focus of life onboard, where you can share stories, dine and receive the exceptional service the Solmar V is known for. Expect comfort, a large screen TV, and full entertainment center. The upper sundeck is a great place to catch some rays but also has a shaded area for relaxing with your holiday reading.
The dive deck onboard is roomy, has two warm water showers, and features a secure area for stowing camera gear and dedicated rinse tanks too. Diving takes place either from the main boat, splashing in from the rear platform, or from one of two 7m Achilles inflatables.
Socorro Island’s real name is the Revillagigedo Archipelago, but whatever you call them, you’ll remember them for their spectacular big marine life encounters. 250 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, these remote four islands draw divers to their depths to see mantas, humpbacks, dolphins, tuna, sharks and even orcas.
The price of your Solmar V Liveaboard to Socorro Island includes tanks, fills, weights and a weight belt. If you need to hire any gear, please ask your scuba diving travel agent to request this when booking. The Solmar V does carry spares in case of failure but not equipment to rent so make sure this is organized in advance. The use of a dive computer is mandatory, but these are not provided. Nitrox is available for an extra charge. Dive knives and any dive light or torch, not attached to a camera set up is forbidden.
Cage dive with great white sharks from the Solmar V is done on the Guadalupe Island Itinerary and you will be surface supplied with air. For this type of diving you only need to bring a wetsuit, booties, hood, gloves and mask. Be aware, that this itinerary does not allow for typical diving you may be used to in open water, and you will only dive in a cage.
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