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The Solmar V is a true four-season live-aboard that takes advantage of weather patterns to provide optimal diving year-round.

They journey 250 miles south of Los Cabos into the eastern Pacific Ocean to the Revillagigedos Islands—more commonly known as the Socorro Islands—to dance with the Giant Pacific manta ray, cavort with dolphins, dodge seven different species of sharks and thrill to an occasional lucky interaction with the migrating humpback whale population. This is remote, adventure diving at its finest.

The Sea of Cortez is one of the youngest and most fertile seas on earth, containing over 850 species of reef fish, as well as the famous flying mobulas and an assortment of schooling pelagics and tropicals.

In August and September, they are based in Ensenada, Mexico and follow the ultimate apex predator to Guadalupe Island, 180 miles offshore. This is rapidly becoming the world's best location to dive in custom-built shark cages with great white sharks. Because they use hookah instead of scuba tanks on these trips, you do not need to be a certified scuba diver to enjoy the rush of going eyeball to eyeball with a 5 mtr' great white shark.

Accommodation

STATEROOMS

Each mahogany-detailed stateroom features air conditioning with individual controls, a private head, sink and shower and a TV/DVD player for your enjoyment. All staterooms have top-of-the-line "Pillow-Top" mattresses and down pillows, and new carpet.

The interior of the Solmar V is outfitted in brass, rich mahogany, granite table tops and is completely carpeted. It is a gracious and beautiful boat. The salon comfortably seats all of our guests and offers a large-screen HDTV, VCR, DVD player and stereo system.

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

Food and Drink

You will be well-fed from the time you set foot on board until the time you leave. Arriving guests are greeted with snacks and a welcome Margarita.

Each day the early risers can start with fresh, hot coffee or tea. Before the first dive passengers are served their choice of continental or hot breakfast, both if you like.

At lunchtime, divers come back to the lounge for a delicious 3-course lunch which includes fresh homemade soup, a hot entree and desert. During the day there is always fresh fruit available, hot chocolate and a never-ending supply of guacamole. We strive to use fresh produce and local ingredients as much as possible.

Following the afternoon dives our Chef will have snacks waiting, which leads to happy hour. There is plenty of Mexican beer and Chilean wine on board and there is no additional charge for either. If you like Tequila be sure to try Pepe's Margaritas. They are world-class!

Every night divers will enjoy a sumptuous 3-course dinner. We serve a house "white" and "red" which most folks like, but if you've brought a special bottle or have a special occasion while on board, we'll provide you with decanters and crystal wine goblets. We will be adding a special "decanter" service for guests that wish to bring along some vintage "vino" of their own choice.

Diving

The Solmer V undertakes different itineraries throughout the year dependant on the seasons, these itineraries include:

Boat Details

The Solmar V travels with a crew of 10 and a maximum of 22 divers. Side scanning sonar, multiple radar systems and the most modern electronic marine technology package provide an excellent compliment to our experienced crew. Twin compressors, with cascade storage for fast filling, provide our guests with an endless air supply and quick fills between dives. Two main engines and three full-time generators power the Solmar V to a top cruising speed of 11 knots. Two freshwater makers produce 1,600 gallons per day, more than adequate for our passenger capacity.

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