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Mantas, Dolphins, Sharks & Whales!

  • Apr 12, 2012 · 3:00 PM
  • Solmar V Luxury Live-Aboard

Join Us for Another Amazing Trip Diving the Socorro Islands Aboard the Solmar V

April 12-20,[masked] days/8 nights + one optional night in Cabo prior to departure
$3299 Superior Cabin,
$3199 Standard Cabin A deposit of $1200 per person will secure your space on this trip.


Have you ever been face-to-face with a giant Pacific manta ray? Would you like to twirl with a dolphin? Have you ever heard the song of a whale? In April 2011 we dived with a mother humpback and her calf for two days, so we're going back!

Any one of these is a life-changing experience. To be able to find all three and more in one dive trip is even more amazing! That's why Socorro is often called the "Mexican Galapagos". March is the time of year when humpback whales migrate through this area. We'll see whale tails and breaches all day long and will hear their song underwater. If we get really lucky, we may even have an underwater encounter!
Join us for a magical trip aboard the 112' luxury live-aboard Solmar V. This vessel has been visiting the Socorro Islands for over 17 years and has more experience there than any other live-aboard. She's a gorgeous vessel with warm mahogany decor accented with etched glass and brass. There are 12 staterooms on board that can accommodate up to 22 divers. The cabins on this boat are small, but there's plenty of storage area. Each cabin has its own ensuite head and shower. The food on the Solmar V is really good and plentiful! Each morning we'll be served a hot breakfast made to order. Of course they have coffee, tea, cereals and fruit for the early risers. Both Lunch and dinner are a sit-down three course meal. If we find any particular dive area especially active, they'll keep the dive deck open and serve up a simpler lunch, such as tacos or sandwiches, so we can eat quick and get back in the water. There is also plenty of snacking between meals too. On top of this, We'll will put in our order for extra chocolate for our charter and Margaritas for happy hour!


DIVING REQUIREMENTS: Diving here is not for beginners. California divers do quite well because the water is warmer and clearer than what we're used to, but before you decide to join this trip you need to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you comfortable diving to 100+ feet in at least a 5mm wetsuit and the appropriate weight?

  • Are you comfortable diving in bottomless water? This means you have the skills to control your depth and buoyancy at all times, even when you're distracted by pesky dolphins, mantas and sharks.

  • Will you make the right decisions in the event of an emergency?

  • Are you comfortable diving in a current or surge? Current can pick up at some of the dive sites.

  • If you are afraid of sharks, dolphins, mantas or whales we recommend you stay home, because here you're going to get really, really close to them!

Camera Recommendations - Bring a still or video camera with a wide-angle or fisheye lens. The mantas are big and they do get very close IF you don't chase them. At least one external strobe with an extra long arm is recommended. Two would be even better. There are some macro opportunities, but you know that as soon as you put that macro lens on, the big animals will show up. If you need help getting your camera set up for this trip, please contact me ahead of time. Of course you may just want to come to enjoy the experience also and leave your camera at home. That's OK too!

Price includes:

* 11% Mexican taxes

* RT airport transfers

* 9 nights aboard the Solmar V

* All diving

* All meals while on board

* Photography assistance and instruction

Does not include:

* Air fare

* Chamber fee - $15 cash

* Crew gratuity - generally about 10% of the price of the cruise

* Extra nights in Cabo

* Camera rentals

* Post trip shenanigans at Cabo Wabo and/or El Squid Roe

* Bail bonds</p>

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  • Bonnie

    Fantastic trip to Socorro aboard the Solmar V. Lots of mantas, dolphins, sharks, octopus, and eels, all dancing to whale song.

    April 28, 2012

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