MV Solmar V is a long established Mexican liveaboard operator which runs breath-taking Pacific Ocean diving cruises to the Socorro Islands and great white shark cage diving trips to Guadalupe. Stepping on board this 112 ft (34m) steel hulled liveaboard, you know a week of big fish action will soon unfold.
Solmar accommodates up to 22 guests in 12 cabins and has all the comfort and convenience you could ask for including TV and DVD player in each ensuite cabin, plus an air-conditioned dining area and saloon with communal TV and DVD player.
As you can imagine, the stunning underwater encounters mean that there are likely to be several photographers on board. For them there are camera rinse tanks, a camera table on the spacious dive deck plus a dedicated computer room to review the day's amazing encounters. The crew are also used to helping divers with even the most unwieldy of camera equipment.
There is also plenty of space outdoors to relax on the upper deck where you can laze in the sun or the shade. Guests socialize there, in the saloon, or in the camera room checking out each other's snaps. The cruise includes free beer and wine during dinner times.
Whether you are interested in diving Mexico's legendary Socorro Islands, or cage diving with mighty great whites in Guadalupe, the Solmar V liveaboard is always a good choice.
Notes: Mexico is a popular destination with limited liveaboard spaces. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Dive experience: Socorro: Open Water and minimum 50 logged dives. This is 'strongly recommended'. Guadalupe: For surface cages: no certification required. For submerged cages: Open Water and minimum 10 logged dives required. This is 'a requirement'.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, transfers to the boat only from the host hotel, port fees, dives (as detailed in the cruises above - no night dives), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), tanks, weights and weightbelts
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): 16% Mexican tax on cruise (to be paid in advance), park fees (Socorro and Guadalupe) US$ 75 per diving day, scuba equipment (US$ 340 per 8N Socorro trip), diving computer (US$ 145 per 8N Socorro trip), dive insurance, re-compression chamber fee (US$ 15) . Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Transfers (for Socorro cruises) to the boat from the airport/hotel (approx. US$ 35 per person per way) to be paid in advance, alcoholic drinks (spirits), nitrox fill for enriched air divers (US$ 150 per 8N Socorro trip, torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Socorro: The MV Solmar V departs in the afternoon (around 15:00 hrs) from Cabo San Lucas for diving safaris to the Socorro islands. Guests fly into Los Cabos International Airport, approximately 45 minutes drive from Cabo San Lucas. You should plan to arrive the day before departure or no later than 11:00 hrs on the day of departure. You can be picked up from the host hotel, Bahia Hotel & Beach Club between 13:00 and 14:00 on the day of departure. The boat will spend the last night of the trip in the harbor and so guests may depart from 09:00 hrs on the last day. Guadalupe: For liveaboard trips to Guadalupe, MV Solmar V departs from Ensenada, Mexico. Most guests arrive in San Diego, California the night before departure and stay at the host hotel (hotel to be advised). On the morning of departure a luxury coach will pick guests up from the recommended hotel and transport you to Ensenada. Alternatively you can be picked up in Tijuana at the host hotel, Hotel Real Inn between 11:00 and 11:30 hrs. The boat departs Ensenada at around noon, and on the final day returns to port again around noon and the coach will arrive in San Diego between 16:00 - 18:00 hrs, depending on border traffic. It is recommended that you overnight in San Diego that night. If not it is strongly recommended that flights are scheduled for after 20:00 hrs on disembarkation day.
For more information see our Mexico tourist information section.
Non-diver rate: US$ 150 off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Please contact us if you do not wish to share a cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 divers and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 11 guests or more).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 20 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 22 guests).
Solmar V has 12 cabins located on the lower deck. There are 6 Superior double/twin bed cabins and 4 Standard double/twin bed cabins and 2 single bed cabins. The Superior cabins are slightly larger. Each cabin has top-of-the-line 'Pillow-Top' mattresses and non-allergenic down alternative pillows and comforters.
All the cabins have:
Air-conditioning with individual controls
Portholes for natural lighting
En-suite bathroom with toilet and hot water shower, hand basin, toiletries and towels
Nitrox - 2 Motorized dive dinghies - Diving platform and kit up area with fresh water shower and towels - Camera table, separate rinse tank and charging stations - Main deck air-conditioned saloon and dining area with TV, DVD, music system, movie library, fish ID books - Satellite telephone - Partially-shaded sundeck with sunbeds and chairs - Water dispenser
Dining on the Solmar V liveaboard, you can expect a range of international and Mexican dishes prepared using the freshest ingredients possible. Pre-breakfast before dive 1 is followed by a hit breakfast cooked to order, with a 3 course lunch and dinner served buffet-style. Beer and wine during meal times are free of charge.
Mexican and international meals.
Air-conditioned dining area with waiter service meals.
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
Snacks include ice cream, cookies, fruit, bread and toast.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, soft drinks, beer and wine during dinner, are all provided free of charge.
Spirits are available for purchase on board.
All dietary requirements can be catered for - please send advanced notice.
Cruise dining service begins with dinner at boarding.