Diving From Solmar V
Our many repeat guests tell us that Solmar V is one of the most diver-friendly boats they've ever experienced. When visiting the Sea of Cortez or Socorro Islands diving is done from both the pangas and the larger Solmar V depending on the dive site and water conditions. The Divemasters will let you know the plan when we arrive at each location. For each dive site our experienced Divemasters will give the group a thorough dive briefing and answer any questions you might have before you get into the water.
Typically the divers are divided up into three groups, each with their own Divemaster. From our 22 ft inflatable pangas, a simple back roll and you're enjoying the wonders each destination offers. Your panga driver stays within sight of your bubbles throughout the dive. Each panga has a sturdy, custom ladder so getting in and out of the water is easy.
When diving directly from the Solmar V, there are entry/exit gates located at the rear corners of the ship providing access to our custom-built and very stable swim platform which includes a double, hand railed staircase for easy exit from the water. Our swim platform gets rave reviews from all our guests! We make getting into and out of the water as easy as possible. Our helpful crew is always there to assist.
If you need to rent scuba gear or want to set up some landbased diving before boarding the Solmar V, we have arranged special pricing for our guests at Amigos Del Mar dive store in Cabo San Lucas, so please contact them directly at www.amigosdelmar.com and mention you are a Solmar V client.
The Dive Deck
Our dive deck is very spacious and designed for flow and ease of use - even with a full load. The dive stations are positioned around the outside of the dive deck. You never need to carry your tanks around at any time during your vacation. The crew will fill your tank between dives and move your gear onto or off the panga if needed for the next dive. There is also plenty of room mid-ships on both sides to hang your wetsuits. At the center of the dive deck is a large, tear shaped camera table with an underneath shelf, charging stations and an air gun. There are also plenty of charging stations inside the lounge and individual staterooms. At the rear of the vessel there are four large rinse bins; two for rinsing gear and two separate bins for photo equipment only - these are color coded for easy identification. For your added comfort, there are two fresh hot water showers upon exiting the water. Fluffy beach towels are provided and fresh drinking water to keep hydrated is always available on the dive deck in two large thermoses.
Guadalupe Island Shark Diving
When we visit Guadalupe Island all the diving is done in cages, so the routine is different. For these trips we use three spacious state-of-the-art shark cages; two four-person surface cages are connected to the swim platform using a proprietary system for stability and one three-person submersible cage that is safely lowered to 30 feet using our 4-ton crane. We rotate divers in and out of our surface cages every hour and our submersible cage every 30 minutes so you'll have plenty of time with the sharks. The submersible cage gives divers a very different perspective and is very popular with certified divers. Air for all cages is surface supplied so you don't need a tank. SCUBA CERTIFICATION IS NOT REQUIRED FOR OUR SURFACE CAGES making this trip available to anyone! The cage diving at Guadalupe is bar none the greatest on the planet, with up to 100 feet + of visibility and lots of sharks! The water temperature ranges from 65 to 70 F degrees which along with our incredible visibility makes Guadalupe the ultimate White Shark destination, especially for the discriminating underwater photographer or videographer.
Photography by David Valencia and Bonnie Pelnar