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The Solmar V is a 112 foot kuxury live-aboard which has been based off Cabo San Lucas since 1992.  Accommodating a maximum of 22 divers meticulously taken care of by our 10 dedicated crew you will receive unmatched service and comfort whilst experiencing the best big animal diving on earth!The salon offers a large screen HDTV, VCR and DVD player and stereo systems. Each mahogany stateroom features air conditioning, a private head, sink and shower and also a TV/DVD player.  All rooms are fully carpeted and have top of the lie ‘pillow top’ mattresses and down pillows.

Diving takes place either from the Solmar V or Panga depending on dive site. There are entry gates on both sides of the Solmar V and also a custom built double swim step. The Solmar V also visits Guadelupe island where the diving is done in state of the art shark cages and provides 100 feet + of visibility.  With water temperature ranging between 67 to 70 degrees F, its makes it the ultimate great white shark destination.

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015

SCHEDULES 2016

DIVE SITES

SOLMAR V DECK PLAN

Deck plan The Solmar V Liveaboard showing sun deck, upper deck, lower deck and main deck

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Length:  112 ft

Side scanning sonar

Multiple Radar Systems.

Twin compressors with cascade storage for fast filling

Two main engines and three full time generators

Top cruising speed – 11 knots.

Two freshwater makers producing 1,600 gallons per day

Satellite phone for emergency use

DIVING

Pangas with a sturdy side ladder.

Entry gates on both sides of the Solmar V and a custom built double swim step.

Camera table with charging stations and air gun

Four large rinse bins; two for rinsing dive gear and two for cameras.

Two fresh water showers

3 x state of the art shark cages with air supplied from the surface.

Nitrox 32/36% supplied and Nitrox courses can be provided.

ACCOMMODATION

Mahogany detailed staterooms featuring air-conditioning with individual controls, a private head, sink, shower and a TV/DVD player.

Fully carpeted with top of the line ‘ pillow top’ mattresses and down pillows

110v AC

Crew Accommodations:  For 10 crew members.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Continental and hot breakfasts served

3 course lunch

3 course dinner

Snacks throughout the day

Mexican beer and Chilean wine served at no extra charge

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MEXICO

DAY 1: A luxury motor coach will pick your clients up at the "host" hotel, San Diego, California at 9 AM and transfer them to Ensenada, Mexico.  It is recommended they arrive the day before and stay one night at this "host" hotel. (Note: our pre-trip information sheet you will receive specifies address and contact information for the "host" hotel).  Your clients will arrive at the Solmar V by 12 noon with immediate departure to Guadalupe Island.

 

DAY 2: Arrive early morning to Guadalupe Island and after setting up the cages, we start rotating teams into the cages as soon as the first shark appears.  This does not usually take very long and, for the most part, when one shows up others are not far behind.  All the photos on our website of the great white sharks were taken by individuals who have actually traveled to Guadalupe with us.  Therefore, you can see that they come quite close to the boat and the cages.

 

DAY 3 & 4: Cage diving all day with plenty of great photo opportunities. Remember we are one of the only liveaboards to offer a three man cage that is lowered 20 ft. for a different perspective. Must be certified for this cage and our guests are accompanied by one of our divemasters. Start back to Ensenada at the end of Day 4.

 

DAY 5: Arrive to port mid-day where the luxury motor coach will be waiting to take your clients back to San Diego. Return time to San Diego is between 4 - 6 PM depending on border traffic. We recommend arranging departure flights after 8 PM or the next day.

MEXICO

INCLUDED

The individual price does include:

Accommodation on board

Three meals per day, snacks, beverages including soft drinks, beer and wine with dinner (any other alcoholic drinks are extra)

All port fees, fuel surcharges and park fees

Certified Divemaster

Tanks, weights, weight belts and air fills

 

All trips depart promptly at 4:00 p.m. and return the night prior to return date on schedule above. Clients stay on board that night and disembark after breakfast the next day which ends up being the return date on the above schedule.

 

NOT INCLUDED

Local Chamber fee - $15

Nitrox - $125 for the trip

Spirits

Rates do not include 16% Mexican tax

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From To Destination Days Standard Rate Superior Rate
05.01.2015 15.01.2015 Socorro Islands 11 USD 3850.00 USD 3950.00
16.01.2015 24.01.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
25.01.2015 02.02.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
05.02.2015 13.02.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
14.02.2015 22.02.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
24.02.2015 04.03.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
06.03.2015 14.03.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
16.03.2015 26.03.2015 Socorro Islands 11 PRIVATE PRIVATE
29.03.2015 11.04.2015 Socorro Islands 14 PRIVATE PRIVATE
14.04.2015 24.04.2015 Socorro Islands 11 USD 3850.00 USD 3950.00
25.04.2015 03.05.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
06.05.2015 14.05.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
15.05.2015 23.05.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
24.05.2015 01.06.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
03.06.2015 13.06.2015 Socorro Islands 11 USD 3850.00 USD 3950.00
01.08.2015 05.08.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
06.08.2015 10.08.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
11.08.2015 15.08.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
16.08.2015 20.08.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
21.08.2015 25.08.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
26.08.2015 30.08.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
31.08.2015 04.09.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
05.09.2015 09.09.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
10.09.2015 14.09.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
17.09.2015 21.09.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
22.09.2015 26.09.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
27.09.2015 01.10.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
02.10.2015 06.10.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
07.10.2015 11.10.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
12.10.2015 16.10.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
17.10.2015 21.10.2015 Guadelupe 5 USD 2995.00 USD 2995.00
31.10.2015 08.11.2015 Socorro Islands 9 Pending Pending
10.11.2015 21.11.2015 Socorro Islands 12 PRIVATE PRIVATE
22.11.2015 30.11.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
03.12.2012 11.12.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
12.12.2015 20.12.2015 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00
27.12.2015 04.01.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3350.00 USD 3450.00

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmationation from us.

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From To Destination Days Standard Rate Superior Rate
05.01.2016 13.01.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
15.01.2016 23.01.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
24.01.2016 01.02.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
03.02.2016 13.02.2016 Socorro Islands 11 USD 3999.00 USD 4099.00
15.02.2016 25.02.2016 Socorro Islands 11 USD 3999.00 USD 4099.00
27.02.2016 06.03.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
08.03.2016 16.03.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
19.03.2016 30.03.2016 Socorro Islands 12 USD 4250.00 USD 4350.00
01.04.2016 09.04.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
10.04.2016 18.04.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
21.04.2016 29.04.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
30.04.2016 08.05.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
10.05.2016 18.05.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
20.05.2016 28.05.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
29.05.2016 06.06.2016 Socorro Islands 11 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
08.06.2016 18.06.2015 Socorro Islands 11 USD 3999.00 USD 4099.00
19.06.2016 30.06.2015 Available for Private charters - please enquire
01.08.2016 05.08.2016 Guadelupe 5 Dates and Price TBD
06.08.2016 10.08.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
11.08.2016 15.08.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
16.08.2016 20.08.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
21.08.2016 25.08.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
26.08.2016 30.08.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
31.08.2016 04.09.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
05.09.2016 09.09.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
10.09.2016 14.09.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
17.09.2016 21.09.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
22.09.2016 26.09.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
27.09.2016 01.10.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
02.10.2016 06.10.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
07.10.2016 11.10.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
12.10.2016 16.10.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
17.10.2016 21.10.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
22.10.2016 26.10.2016 Guadelupe 5 USD 3095.00 USD 3095.00
01.11.2016 09.11.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
11.11.2016 21.11.2016 Socorro Islands 11 USD 3999.00 USD 4099.00
23.11.2016 03.12.2016 Socorro Islands 11 USD 3999.00 USD 4099.00
04.12.2016 12.12.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
14.12.2016 22.12.2016 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00
27.12.2016 04.01.2017 Socorro Islands 9 USD 3499.00 USD 3599.00

Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmationation from us.

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MEXICO DIVE SITES

MEXICO DIVE SITE INFORMATION

The Revillagigedos Archipelago or Socorro

The Revillagigedos Archipelago, more commonly called Socorro is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean approximately 250 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. We simply call them Socorro. They are wild, remote and unpredictable and have been called the Mexican Galapagos. This area is famous for up close and personal encounters with the Giant Pacific manta ray, which can grow to 22 feet from wingtip to wingtip. We’ve been interacting with these gentle giants since 1992 and as a result of having worked with several manta researchers over the years, we have extensive ID’s on most of them and special relationships with many of them. We absolutely do not chase or ride the mantas, and we allow our interaction with them to be initiated by the mantas themselves. We believe that their continued willingness to interact with divers is due to the respect we have shown for them over the years. San Benedicto is by far the best location in the world to experience and photograph these gentle giants. The feeling of a wild animal this large deliberately interacting wiWe have encountered up to 7 species of sharks on a single dive! There are several hammerhead cleaning stations that we visit each trip, weather permitting. Whale sharks are a special treat at the islands, they find us in November/December and late April/May.

 

We also encounter pods of wild bottlenose dolphin on a regular basis and from January through March, these islands are home to a large population of humpback whales, that come here to breed and calve. We have observed several newborn humpbacks in the years we’ve been fortunate enough to visit these remote and pristine islands. In the last few years the frequency of underwater encounters with humpbacks has increased dramatically. The scientists who visit the Revillagigedos Islands every year to study the migrating whale population tell us that after twelve years of encountering the SOLMAR V, the humpbacks now recognize our vessel and so the opportunity for underwater encounters improves. Add to the mix extremely large tuna (the world record yellowfin is from these waters), wahoo, thick schools of jacks and many other big critters along with endemic tropicals found nowhere else in the world, and you have the BEST BIG ANIMAL DIVING ON EARTH!!

 

SEA OF CORTEZ

The Sea of Cortez is also home to many endemic species, such as the Cortez angelfish and Cortez damselfish, found nowhere else in the world. We also encounter whale sharks, hammerheads, orcas, whales and dolphins. We have been diving the amazing Sea of Cortez since 1984, when we opened our scuba store, Amigos del Mar in Cabo San Lucas.

The Sea of Cortez is located between the Baja Peninsula and the mainland of Mexico. It is one of the youngest and most fertile seas on earth, containing over 850 species of reef fish. The beautiful, tranquil sea has much to offer – large schools of tropicals, jacks, tuna, dorado, wahoo, marlin, stingrays, turtles, playful resident California sea lions, several types of moray eels, lobster, octopus, frogfish, sharks, mantas, and the famous flying mobulas of the Sea of Cortez.

The water temp is usually between 74F - 84F during our visits into the Sea of Cortez and the visibility ranges from 50 - 100+ ft. The dates of these trips vary each year but usually run in June, July and October, depending on the dates of our boatyard haul-out and the dates of our spectacular Guadalupe Island great white shark trips.

 

This area is usually calm and the distance between dive destinations is not far. Although there are some advanced dives most of the diving is moderate. This is a great trip for those looking for a live-aboard experience in calm water with both big and small marine animal encounters. There is something special about the Baja peninsula and diving the Sea of Cortez – a living desert wilderness spilling into the spectacular Sea of Cortez.

 

GUADELUPE

Departing from Cruiseport Marina in Ensenada, Mexico, this is one of our most exhilarating adventures in Baja California. After 9 seasons of operating at Guadalupe Island our experienced and professional crew provide our guests with a safe and secure environment to meet the apex predator of the sea – the great white shark.

 

Located in the Pacific Ocean approximately 165 miles west of Ensenada, Mexico, Guadalupe Island is now considered the world’s best location for viewing, photography and video of great white sharks. The visibility is often more than 100’ and the water temperature averages between 65F-70F. This is cage diving at its most exciting and, because you will be using surface supplied air (hookah) instead of scuba tanks, this adventure is open to both divers and non-divers alike. These 5 day trips are shorter than our other diving excursions so they are perfect for a great mini-vacation.

 

With a total of 20 guests, we operate 2 four man 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. Using two four man surface cages enables us to rotate 4 guests in and out of each cage every 45 – 60 minutes all day long giving everyone plenty of time with these incredible creatures.

The submersible cage allows us to descend a little further into the realm of the great white shark. Although the submersible cage lowers to only 30' below the surface of the water, it provides a completely different perspective to your great white shark diving experience. These spectacular dives are available to certified scuba divers only. A safety diver escorts two divers at a time on these 20 minute high energy rides. We rotate all certified divers who wish to experience the submersible cage as many times as ocean conditions will allow. The view offered by the submersible cage is a photographer’s dream come true. You are actually surrounded on all sides by these magnificent creatures in clear blue water. We have had an exceptional response from our guests regarding this experience. Both professional and amateur photographers rave about the different angles available to capture the mighty great white sharks of Guadalupe Island.

MEXICO DIVE SITE MAP

Map showing scuba diving sites in Mexico accessible with The Solmar V Liveaboard

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