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MV Solmar V

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 34m steel hulled liveaboard, you know a week of big fish action will soon unfold.

Length: 34 metres / 112 foot
Beam: 8 metres / 25 foot
Cruise: 10 knots
Divers: 22
Enriched air nitrox is available here
Mexico liveaboard, Solmar V

MV Solmar V 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 socialise 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.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
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May 2016
Dep: 10 May Ret: 18 May Socorro Islands US$ 4,059
Dep: 29 May Ret: 6 Jul Socorro Islands US$ 4,059
August 2016
Dep: 11 Aug Ret: 15 Aug Guadalupe Island US$ 3,591
September 2016
Dep: 10 Sep Ret: 14 Sep Guadalupe Island US$ 3,591
April 2017
Dep: 23 Apr Ret: 1 May Socorro Islands US$ 4,175
August 2017
Dep: 10 Aug Ret: 14 Aug Guadalupe Island US$ 3,590
Dep: 15 Aug Ret: 19 Aug Guadalupe Island US$ 3,590
Dep: 30 Aug Ret: 3 Sep Guadalupe Island US$ 3,590
September 2017
Dep: 21 Sep Ret: 25 Sep Guadalupe Island US$ 3,590
Dep: 26 Sep Ret: 30 Sep Guadalupe Island US$ 3,590
October 2017
Dep: 16 Oct Ret: 20 Oct Guadalupe Island US$ 3,590
December 2017
Dep: 3 Dec Ret: 11 Dec Socorro Islands US$ 4,407
Dep: 13 Dec Ret: 21 Dec Socorro Islands US$ 4,407

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More Trip Details...

Notes: Mexico is a popular destination with limited liveaboard spaces. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

The above prices include 16% Mexican IVA tax. Other online prices may not show this additional tax.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, transfers (for Guadalupe trips) to the boat from the hotel, beer, dives (as detailed in the cruises above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (11 divers to 1 guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, national park, 16% Mexican tax and port fees.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 240 per week), diving computer, dive insurance, recompression chamber fee (US$ 15). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).

Optional extras: Transfers (for Socorro cruises) to the boat from the airport/hotel, alcoholic drinks (spirits), nitrox fill for enriched air divers, 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 from Cabo San Lucas for diving safaris to the Socorro islands. Guests fly into San Jose del Cabo airport approximately 45 minutes drive from Cabo San Lucas. You should plan to arrive the day before departure or no later than 1 pm on the day of departure. The boat will spend the last night of the trip in the harbour and so may depart at any time 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 recommended hotel. On the day of departure a luxury coach will pick guests up from the recommended hotel and transport you to Ensenada. The boat returns to port at 10:00 am and the coach will arrive in San Diego between 4-6 pm. It is recommended that flights are scheduled for after 8 pm on that 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 receive 1 extra space free of charge in standard cabin. See whole boat charter prices below, equivalent to: Pay for 20 divers and get 2 extra spaces free of charge in standard cabin.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Socorro (8 night trips) 2016 - US$ 10,437, Socorro (10 night trips) 2016 - US$ 8,350. Prices assume 20 paying guests.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
Solmar V has 12 cabins located on the lower deck. There are 6 Superior double/twin bed cabins and 6 Standard double/twin 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
  • TV, DVD player and music
  • Reading lights
  • Cabinet, shelves and mirror
  • 2 flat pin sockets for 110V electricity
  • Bedding
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 13 / 12 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 10 comprise:
  • Cruise Leader/Divemaster
  • 2 Dive Masters
  • Captain
  • Chef
  • Engineer
  • Cabin Steward
  • 3 Deck Hands (Pangeros)
Nitrox - 2 Motorised 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

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
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, biscuits, 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.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 1978, refitted in 2009
  • Maintained annually
  • Size - 34.1m x 7.6m
  • Weight - 140 tonnes
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 knots
  • 2 x 500 HP Detroit engines
  • 2 x 75 KW Detroit generators
  • 2 x Ingersall Rand dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • 12 litre aluminium scuba tanks with DIN/yoke valves
  • Electricity 110 & 220V 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - unknown
  • Fresh watermaker - 6,000 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 35,000 litres
  • Waste storage tank

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • SOLAS safety certified
  • 2 x Life rafts (40 pax)
  • 2 x 65 HP Mercury dinghies
  • Radios: 2 SSB (Icom & Stephens), 2 VHF (Motorola GM300 & Standard Horizon GX 1260S)
  • Standard Horizon GPS Chart 150 & CETREK 930 Cestar
  • Furuno radars
  • ECHOTEC video sounder & Furuno depth sounder
  • SIMRAD Robertson AP20 autopilot
  • Searchlight and horn
  • Side scanning sonars
  • US Coastguard auto detection beacon
  • Sea Wave satellite phone & email
  • Furuno weather fax
  • Oxygen
  • Medic first aid box
  • Full alarm system
  • Fire extinguishers throughout, 2 fire hoses & firefighting suit with mask
  • 8 life rings with tethers and floats
  • Life jackets in each cabin
  • Customer dive insurance NOT provided and is MANDATORY - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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