Solmar V, Mexico



  • Home to some of the most experienced crew in Mexico with a high focus on guest satisfaction
  • Dive with Giant Mantas at the Socorros or get up close with Great white sharks in Guadalupe
  • Enjoy complimentary beer and wine with dinner
  • Self Propelled Ocean Cage (SPOC) experience available onboard
  • Guests are provided with a Nautilus Lifeline GPS device

The M/V Solmar V liveaboard schedules year-round diving cruises in Mexico to the Socorro Islands and Guadalupe Island. Known for having some of the most experienced dive liveaboard crew in Mexico, the Solmar V caters to 22 guests in 12 cabins. Staterooms offer the choice of 2 designations, superior and standard, and single cabin options for solo travelers. Each stateroom features individual climate control, a private bathroom with a shower, a pillow-top mattress, non-allergenic down alternative pillows, and comforters. Superior cabins are located in the middle of the boat and are slightly larger. With its rich mahogany and granite table tops, the salon provides comfortable seating, a large-screen television, and a full entertainment system. The solarium is partially covered with sun loungers for relaxing in between dives.

The Solmar V offers exciting dive itineraries with some of the world's most giant pelagics, including cage diving with great white sharks at Guadalupe Island and scuba diving with humpback whales at the Socorro Islands. The Revillagigedo Archipelago offers all the big-fish encounters a diver could wish for. With over 10 shark species, playful dolphins, and even the chance to dive with orcas, the Socorro Islands will deliver a dive trip to remember for a lifetime. Diving from the Solmar V is easy as the vessel offers a spacious dive deck with a multi-level camera table, rinse tanks, and freshwater showers. There is also a dive tender to make getting to and from the dive sites easy.

Guests can also book a unique experience on the SPOC (Self Propelled Ocean Cage) onboard Solmar V liveaboard. This underwater vehicle will allow guests to get up close and personal with Great White Sharks in their environment. Offering more flexibility than a shark cage alone.

Note: As of November 2023, the Solmar V will be a Nitrox-Only liveaboard.

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Included: VAT, Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Alcoholic Drinks at Dinner, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Nitrox, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Fuel Surcharge (200 USD per trip), National Park Fees (25-87 USD per day), Port Fees (65 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (20-35 USD), Nitrox Course (235-320 USD), Private Dive Guide, Scuba Diving Courses, Beach Towels.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Welcome Cocktails

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English, French, and Spanish.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1980
  • Year renovated 2006
  • Length 112 feet
  • Top speed 12 knots
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines 2
  • Max guests 22
  • Number of cabins 12
  • Number of bathrooms 13
  • Tenders 2 x 21' achilles w/60 HP Mercury
  • Water capacity 2 x 1600 gallons per day
  • Fuel capacity 30000
  • Freshwater maker 2 x 1600 gallons per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Solmar V Reviews

  • 8.7 Fabulous
  • 41 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Carly M
  • Australia Australia
Really fun trip

Swimming with dolphins and mantas

Recommended for
Really great big animal encounters
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Harry M
  • Bermuda Bermuda
Amazing and attentive crew to accompany some fantastic dive sites.

Large schools of hammerheads on the dive, and the close encounters with friendly mantas and dolphins.

Recommended for
The diving, the crew, and the food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Baltazar L
  • Argentina Argentina

Unforgettable experience. The boat is very comfortable. The crew is 10 + 10 points. The dives were incredible amazing, octopus, dolphins, sharks (hammerhead, white tip, silver tip, silky, Galápagos, etc.) mantas on all dive sites, huge lobsters, among thousands of other fishes. The food is so good!!! 3 meals a day + snacks all the time. Nothing negative to say.

Recommended for
Food, Crew and Dive Sites!
  • 7.6 Good
  • Kit G
  • Denmark Denmark
Fantastic diving

Seeing the the dolphins up close, mantas, all kinds of sharks, specially the hammerheads

Recommended for
Spacious divedeck, great food, and fantastic diving
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ken C
  • Belgium Belgium
Amazing encounters with dolphins, mantas and hammerheads.

The excellent food for all type of customers. The diversity of the dive sites and the under water live. Curious mantas and dolphins and hammerheads just above the bottom. Great fellow travellers from different parts of the world.

Recommended for
The Crew, mixed travel group and the underwater wildlife
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Renato S
  • Brazil Brazil
Revillagigedo radical dive

Positive: Crew, animal life, dive partners Negative: Noisy and small cabin, the boat is getting too old and need to make a refreshing change

Recommended for
Mantas, False killer whales and the crew
  • 6.8 Review score
  • T. Gordon G
  • Canada Canada
Fantastic Diving

being in a true wilderness and seeing big animals in their natural habitat

Recommended for
Dive sites, crew, food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Alexandra S
  • Canada Canada
Mantas and dolphins!

I am an experienced diver and have worked in the Cabo area for several years, and i had been waiting to try Socorro! Megafauna delivered - we had several dives with giants mantas, including very close interactions and Manta selfies ! The water was warmer (about 26 C) so sharks were deeper and fewer, but we still had some nice interactiosn with ammerheads, black tips and one or 2 galapagos sharks. One highlight was diving the boiler - 2 dives with almost 100% of the time with a pod of curious bottlenose dolphins! this is the longest interaction Iève ever had with dolphins whilst diving. And we snorkelled with a baitball, lots of shark action there! Bring your 7 mm, hood, gloves if you want to enjoy all of your 4 daily dives (that's what I did, not regrets!) Cabins - cozy although a bit small, very limited storage in the cabin, better to have a mesh bag when you can chuck your things at night. Food was superb, all crew was very friendly, we had about 1 crew for 2 guests so I felt service was very superior! guides are good, zodiac rides super safe and well organized, and the crew made you feel right at home! Will go again hopefully one day during whale season! Went 1st week of june 2016. Note - this is blue water diving, so as a diver I recommend you feel very comfortable with buoyancy and depth control, and use a 7 mm a few times before this trip. Cheers to the crew of Solmar V

Recommended for
Crew, logistics and megafauna
  • 7.2 Good
  • Sylvie M
  • France France
2de fois à Socorro, ça reste la meilleure croisière à faire.

et parfois les 3 sur une même photo!

Recommended for
Mantas, Marteau et Dauphins
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Brazil Brazil


Recommended for
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