The Solmar V is a comfortably furnished steel-hulled liveaboard that offers two exciting dive trips in the Pacific waters of Mexico. Diving Socorro Islands from November to June and diving Guadalupe Islands for the great white sharks from August to October. If you are into big fish, a trip with Solmar V might be the excursion of your dreams.
The Solmar V has a classic feel about it: the liveaboard’s spacious lounge is panelled in mahogany wood with brass touches. It offers guests a small library, a large flat screen TV with DVD, an audio system and a PC for image processing. The food served on board is plentiful and delicious. Fresh fruit and snacks, coffee, tea and mineral water are served throughout the day, and local wines, margaritas and beer are served free of charge with dinner.
The spacious, partially shaded deck invites you to relax on board. Throughout the liveaboard, there are US 110V power outlets. Plus, in the same area as the computer work station, six 220V outlets for European guests. Electronic equipment is state of the art and meets the latest safety standards.
Solmar V accommodates up to 22 divers in its 11 comfortable double cabins though on most trips no more than 20 divers are on board. All cabins have private bathrooms and are equipped with individually controlled air conditioning and a TV / DVD combination. The 6 superior cabins are slightly larger and are located in the middle of the liveaboard, with the 5 standard cabins forward of these.
What to expect
Solmar V offers up to 4 dives daily. Depending on the dive site, the diving is done from the main vessel or the two dinghies. Experienced divers can dive in buddy teams. Nitrox is available for a fee and those who require rental equipment must register in advance.
The Nautilus Belle Amie visits both the Socorro Islands and Guadalupe Island in their best seasons. Depending on when you can go, or depending on what you want to see, these are two very different trips. You can select a trip from the live availability shown below.
As the diving at Guadalupe Island is cage diving using surface supplied air (hookah) instead of scuba tanks, this adventure is open to both divers and non-divers alike. There is also a cage for certified divers which they take to 10m (33ft) depth.
Solmar V is a comfortable dive vessel with great service. They schedule their excursions according to seasons, so you get the best diving possible.
Live Availability and Pricing
Solmar V Extras Payable Locally (as of August 2018)
|Nitrox (per trip)||AUD||125||USD|
|Airport transfers at location|
|Dive gear rental (8 nights) - Must be pre-ordered:
BCD / Reg / Wetsuit USD 75.00 per item
Hooded vest USD 45.00
Mask / Fins / booties 2.5mm USD 35.00 per item
Snorkel USD 15.00
Dive Computer USD 145.00
|Special payment and cancellation conditions apply for this cruise.|
|EXTRAS payable at time of booking (as of January 2018)|
|Mexican IVA Tax 16% of cruise price|