Cancun is around 11 hours flying time direct from London. Los Cabos is around 18-20hours indirect flying time.
Mexico's Carribbean coastline is famous for the cenotes dives. Cozumel's rich drift dives and the whalesharks of Isla Mujeres. On the Pacific coast, the remote locations mean pelagics. The diving on this side is more advanced, more rugged and action packed.
Weather and Climate
Both the east and west coasts of Mexico enjoy a warm climate. It's a brilliant place for winter sun! For the Caribbean coastline, you can expect more rain over our summer months, but this tends to be in the evenings. It can be stormier between July - September and humidity higher. Los Cabos is more arid, with a year round average air temp of around 25-28 degrees.
There are direct flights from London to Cancun with BA, Thomson or Virgin. If you are travelling to the Pacific coastline Los Cabos, then you will usually find your flight requires a stop en route. Aero Mexico, United and Delta airlines generally offer the fastest routings. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA.
We are able to book most major airlines. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.
If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to either Cancun or Los Cabos, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
If you are travelling to the Pacific coastline Los Cabos, then you will usually find your flight requires a stop en route. This may be in the USA or Meixco City. Depending on your travel dates, you may need to overnight en route.
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders are able to obtain a visa on entry to Mexico. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.
We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation.
Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world.
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think.
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival for any of our Mexico holidays, you will be met and taken to your hotel or liveaboard. Simply make your way to through baggage reclaim and immigrations. Your transfer will be waiting for you with a board with your name, resort or liveaboard.
If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
Where possible, all transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. If you are unsure, please confirm the arrangements on your holiday package before travel.
If you are using a hotel at the end of a liveaboard on a day use basis, you usually have to join the airport shuttle service. Please confirm any local costs and times with the hotel before you start your day use package.
You will be advised locally of your transfer times at the end of your holiday. The departure tax of approx. 900 Mexican Pesos is payable locally in cash only. Scottish and Irish pounds, travellers' cheques, credit and debit cards are not accepted.
Included in your holiday
Included in the price of your Socorro Islands trip are flights, transfers, all port fees, fuel surcharges and National Park fees. Also included are your accommodations, all meals and snacks, all beverages including beer and wine, a certified divemaster in the water at all times, tanks, weights, weight belts and air fills.
Excluded is nitrox, gratitude to the crew, souvenirs, airport shuttle (about 20-25 USD per person). We ask all guests for a $15 local chamber donation, payable IN CASH once you board the boat.
Tipping is a very personal decision and should reflect the service you received, we are always asked to give tipping guidelines. In general, we suggest a tip of 10-15% of the cost of your boat trip. The tips are given to the captain and divided evenly among the crew at the end of your trip. We ask that your tips be in cash or travelers checks, we accept no credit cards or personal checks aboard Solmar V.
US Dollars are recommended. Solmar V only take cash and does not accept any kind of debit or credit cards.
The Solmar V communicates twice daily with either either Mexican home base or U.S. Office by Satellite Phone. Although they discourage conducting business while out on your Solmar V expedition, they realize that sometimes it is necessary to communicate with your office or home. Guests are welcome to use the phone system and will be assisted by the captain. Your call will be charged at Satellite minute rates ranging from $4 - $5 U.S. dollars per minute. Remember the phone and email system is primarily for boat operations and emergency use.
Plugs and electricity
Onboard voltage is 110 AC, just like in the United States. Solmar V also have a number of 220 charging stations for their overseas guests.
Solmar V have a wide range of rental equipment available. Please advise us when making your Solmar V reservation that you will need equipment.
Courses are not generally taught on board
Solmar V sell T shirts, caps and other mementos onboard.
Nitrox is $125 per diver per trip for our regular 9 day trips, longer trips may cost up to $150
Deposits and Balances
A typical deposit for a holiday to Solmar V is £1200 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).
Ways to pay
We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers? Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.
And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our loyalty discount is all about! If you have booked directly with Scuba Travel, on your 3rd full price holiday you will automatically be eligible for a loyalty discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction. We are always happy to offer discounts as described below but these are not cumulative and we do not offer further discounts on special offer prices.
5% off for loyalty customers
Solmar V also offer a 10% reduction on the cruise price for customer rebooking for travel within 12mths