Solmar V Guadalupe Island
The Solmar V starts the Guadalupe season at the beginning of August and runs through October. Our trips are all 4 nights/5days with 3 full days of cage diving. Clients are picked up on day one at 10 a.m. at the Hampton Inn, San Diego close to the airport and escorted safely down in an air-conditioned luxury coach to Ensenada, Mexico. It’s actually a beautiful, scenic drive down the coast once you get past all the Tijuana border traffic. This is about a 1 1/2 hour drive, departing Cruiseport Marina at approximately 12 noon. It's an eighteen hour crossing putting us at the island early morning of day 2. We start operations immediately and day 2, 3 and 4 are spent cage diving with great whites. At the end of day 4 we wrap up and start back to port arriving by noon on day 5. The luxury coach is waiting to drive our clients back to San Diego that afternoon. However, because the border crossing at Tijuana can take time, we advise our clients not to book any return flights until late that evening or the next day.
Besides the unmatched service and knowledge that distinguishes us from other operators, we also offer Geronimo’s famous "panga rides". Geronimo is our onboard amateur naturalist who truly enjoys giving our clients panga rides around the island showing them the seal populations, birds and other creatures unique to this area. This is a great opportunity for photography and video! He does this at all our destinations and after 16 years onboard has quite a following.
Photography by Erick Higuera, Marty Wolf, David Valencia, Bonnie Pelnar, Joe Romeiro