Solmar V Liveaboard Diving

Solmar V Liveaboard

Introducing the 112' SOLMAR V

Solmar V is one of the most luxurious live-aboard dive vessels in the world. It is the only boat of its kind departing from Cabo San Lucas, well within range of the most exciting diving in the Sea of Cortez and Socorro Islands. You will receive unmatched service and comfort while experiencing some of the best big-animal diving on Earth!

Solmar V Live-Aboard VesselThe Solmar V carries up to 22 divers without crowding. The dive deck is very spacious (no bottlenecks) - divers can go in and out of the water with ease.

The galley and lounge have a rich mahogany interior and spacious atmosphere. The main salon comfortably seats all guests at once and is fully air-conditioned. TV/VCRs are available in the salon and in each stateroom.

Solmar V interiorSide-scanning sonar, multiple radar systems and the most modern electronic marine technology package provide an excellent complement to an experienced crew. Two main engines and three full-time generators power Solmar V to a cruising speed of 11 knots.

Twin compressors, with cascade storage for fast filling, provide our guests with an endless air supply and quick refills between dives. Two fresh-water makers produce 1,600 gallons per day, more than adequate to fully support showers and guest services.

All twelve individual staterooms are air-conditioned, and have private bathrooms with sink, shower and head.

Solmar V prices include three meals a day, snacks, beverages (soft drinks, beer and wine with dinner - other alcoholic drinks are extra), tanks, weights and weight belts.

Solmar V Socorro Islands Live-Aboard

The Socorro Islands, correctly called Revillagigedos Archipielago, are located 250 miles due south into the Pacific from the tip of the Baja Peninsula. These islands have been compared to Galapagos or Coccos in their quality of big-animal encounters. They have been called the "Mexican Galapagos." There are a large number of sharks - hammerhead schools, white tips, silver tips, silkies, duskies, galapagos and (occasionally) tigers.

giant mantasThese islands are famous for unbelievable encounters with giant mantas. The winged giants are up to 22' across, and it is common to be in the water with 5 to 12 at once.

Wild bottlenose dolphins are encountered regularly, and from January through March these islands are home to a large population of humpback whales that come here to breed and calve. In the last few years, the frequency of underwater encounters with these gentle giants has increased dramatically. Whale sharks, giant tuna (the world record yellowfin is from these waters), wahoo and many other big sea creatures are here, as well as tropicals found nowhere else in the world.

The Socorro Islands are accessible from November through mid-June (weather conditions preclude diving the rest of the year). The water temperatures are 78-82 F from November through the beginning of January, and again in late April-May. In late January through the beginning of April, the water is just a little cooler, down to 70-74 F.

Duration: 9 Days
Standard: $2,995/person
Superior: $3,095/person

Price does not include tax or crew gratuity

Solmar V Sea of Cortez Live-Aboard

When not diving the Socorro Islands, the Solmar V heads north from Cabo San Lucas into the Sea of Cortez. This body of water is located between the Baja Peninsula and the mainland of Mexico, and is one of the youngest and most fertile seas on earth.

Whale sharkThe Solmar V visits this area from mid-June through November. During this time the water is warm (76-84 F) and the visibility ranges from 60-100+ feet.

The Sea of Cortez contains over 850 species of reef fish. Along with these huge schools of tropicals, game fish such as jacks, tuna, wahoo, marlin and others can be found. The Sea of Cortez is also home to many endemic species, such as the Cortez Angel and Cortez Damsel. We also encounter whale sharks, hammerheads, orcas, whales, dolphins, and friendly sea lions (not found at Socorro).

Sea lion in the Sea of CortezThis area is mainly 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.

Duration: 8 Days
Standard: $2,095/person
Superior: $2,195/person

Price does not include tax or crew gratuities


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