Holiday Reference: TRP 34253

Holiday information

  • Over 20 years' experience
  • Stable steel hull & international marine standard safety equipment
  • Restaurant standard International & Mexican meals
  • Vast dive deck
  • Average Water Temp: 21-26 C
  • Average Air Temp: 21-25C
  • Average Visability: 15-20 m
  • Good for: Giant manta, humpbacks, hammerheads
  • Suitable for beginners: No
  • The friendly giant manta are the star attraction here but during the winter you also see humpbacks. Sharks are prolific all year round at Roca Partida!

Liveaboard Details

Solmar V has been pioneering diving adventures in some of the world's last wildernesses for over 20 years. Today this distinctive green and yellow vessel is best known for the truly astonishing pelagic encounters and unsurpassed topside service. Di ...

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Solmar V has been pioneering diving adventures in some of the world's last wildernesses for over 20 years. Today this distinctive green and yellow vessel is best known for the truly astonishing pelagic encounters and unsurpassed topside service. Dive the remote Revillagigedo islands, 250 miles off the Mexican Pacific coastline. Here giant manta play at cleaning stations on Socorro and San Benedicto while sharks school in vast numbers off the steep walls of Roca Partida. Or if you are looking for the ultimate in shark encounters, come face to face with the Great Whites of Guadalupe islands. No matter which itinerary you chose, you are certain of effortless luxury and diving to remember!

Solmar V sleeps up to 22 guests for their signature Socorro itinerary or 16 for the Great White itinerary. There are 22 cabins in total, divided into standard and deluxe cabins. All cabins are below decks. To the fore there is 1 double, 3 twins (double bunk) and 2 single cabins. The single cabins can be requested at time of booking but cannot be guaranteed. To the aft of the boat are the deluxe cabins, all with double bed and upper bunk. All cabins have individual air con. TV with DVD and en suite. Bathroom and dive deck towels are provided as are basic toiletries.

Solmar V has been lovingly maintained and refurbished to ensure all mod cons are available for your convenience and safety. The saloon is the focus of life onboard and there are few crews as attentive as those on Solmar V. The food is exemplary - fresh fruit, vegetables, home made soup and mouth watering international or Mexican dishes. Tuck in and enjoy! Relax with your fellow divers over a glass of house wine or beer and trade thrilling tales from the day's encounters.There is a sun deck upstairs with shaded area. The dive deck is large, with generous space between dive stations. A large camera table with tiered storage keeps your camera kit safe. And there are 4 large rinse tanks (2 dedicated to cameras) for rinsing kit down as well as 2 warm showers on the back deck. Some dives are made from the main boat and the rear dive platform easily holds several divers at once. When you cannot dive from the boat, there are 2 7m Achilles inflatables which are handled with expert precision.

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Itinerary Details

Giant Pacific manta in Socorro and San Benedicto and sharks at Roca Partida are just standard fare in the Revillagigedo islands. Seasonal humpback and bait balls - this really is Mexico's very own Galapagos.

Giant Mantas of Socorro Description

The Revillagigedo islands are one of Mexico's most impressive treasures. This marine park is home to droves of pelagics, making it well deserving of the nickname Mexico's Little Galapagos. It's best known residents are the giant Pacific manta, who come to be cleaned by the Clarion angel fish. These are huge manta by any standards and can grow up to 7m from each wingtip. Just jump in and let one of the most magnificent shows on earth unfold before your eyes. But the remarkable pelagic sightings don't stop there. Here you can dive with sharks in their droves. And then there are seasonal humpbacks and bait balls. What is there not to love about one of the world's last true wildernesses?

You can only reach this remote island chain by liveaboard, but it is well worth the 22 hours sail from San Cabo. Each voyage to the Revillagiedo islands starts in San Benedicto, which is more than just a check dive! Cabo Pearce and El Boiler are two of the top manta cleaning stations on these islands. Simply look for the bright orange Clarion angel fish and wait for the manta to arrive. The distinctive Pacific manta swoop in to get close and investigate divers. Experience for yourself their inquisitive nature. Bottlenose dolphin also come in close to check divers out. Then the boat will head to Roco Partida. If you love sharks, you will not want to leave here! Dive after dive you have the chance to watch hammerheads, silkies, Galapagos sharks and, if you are really lucky, tiger sharks too, as they weave around the rocky reef. There are more white tips than you could ever hope to see elsewhere in the world. Many simply rest in alcoves along the rock wall, whilst others chase through the vast schools of creole fish and cotton mouth jacks. During our winter months humpbacks migrate into the area. If they are about some of your dives will be dedicated to snorkelling with humpbacks, often with their calves. Humpback numbers are strong and to be in the water with them is one of the most profound experience you could ever hope for.

Due to the remote nature of the islands, divers do need to be advanced and have some experience of diving over drop offs or in potentially strong currents. Grab your wide angle and capture images like no other. This is quite simply some of the best big fish diving on the planet and a must see destination for anyone serious about diving the best dive sites of the world.

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Your holiday details

50% off!! Diving in Socorro is all about the giant manta cleaning stations and shivers of sharks that inhabit this isolated island chain. Our trip package is based on a standard cabin on a full board basis with a selected of local beer and wine, plus all diving, 12lt international tanks and weights and airport transfers. At the end of your trip you will return to San Jose del Cabo. Optional extras include overnight/day use hotel package, depending on your international flight times, additional kit hire, nitrox (7 nights $125), tipping and any souvenirs. Excluded but mandatory extras are any US visa charges if needed, $15 chamber fee and 16% Mexican sales tax. This is a BOAT ONLY holiday. The cost does not include any international flights to Cabo San Lucas SJD. We are able to add flights with a wide range of airlines, including regional departures. Please ask your consultant for competitive quote for any flight option. Do not book any flights until your boat space is confirmed by Scuba Travel.

* prices are subject to change according to availability at the time of booking


 

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Please DO NOT book any connecting flights, insurance, or additional parts to this holiday as your trip is subject to availability and will NOT be confirmed until you have spoken with our operators. If you have any requests beyond our normal itineraries please note them in the comments and we will discuss these with you when we call to arrange your holiday.

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