Solmar V, Mexico


The M/V Solmar V is a stunning liveaboard diving vessel scheduling year round diving cruises to the Socorro Islands and Guadalupe Island. Focused on superior service and luxury accommodations, Solmar V travels with a 10 member crew on hand to ensure guest comfort and satisfaction. Solmar V offers lavish staterooms featuring individual climate control, private bathroom with shower, pillow top mattress, non-allergenic down alternative pillows and comforters plus TV/DVD. The luxurious salon provides comfortable seating, a large screen television and full entertainment system. Guests aboard Solmar V receive personal attention to ensure that every need is met.

The Solmar V offers exciting dive itineraries with some of the world's largest pelagics, including cage diving with great white sharks at Guadalupe Island and scuba diving with humpback whales at the Socorro Islands. 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. The dive stations are positioned around the outside of the deck and the dive crew provides endless tank fills. Depending on location and conditions, some diving may be done from a well equipped panga.

A Socorro Islands Solmar V liveaboard diving holiday is the pinnacle of dive adventures. Book yours today.

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Included: Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Alcoholic beverages, Possible fuel surcharge, Towels Provided, National Park Fees

Excluded: 16% VAT, Airport transfers (Authorized Airport Shuttle USD 17, private taxi approx. USD 70), $15 chamber fee, Nitrox, Equipment rental MUST be prebooked but cannot be prepaid - Payment for rental gear to be settled by Cash or Credit Card onboard, in Mexican Pesos equivalent (as in Receipt will be in Mexican Pesos).

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Leisure Deck
  • Shaded diving deck
  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Separate rinse for u/w camera
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Selection of wines
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Snacks All Day

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
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving

The crew speaks English and Spanish.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

Solmar V Deck Plan 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

  • 8.9 Fabulous
  • 11 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • David L
  • United States United States
Absolutely incredible!

This was a bucket list item for me, I was not disappointed one bit. The boat was amazing, the crew was extremely well prepared, professional and on point with absolutely everything. This will now be an annual trip for me now.

Recommended for
The sharks, the crew and the service. All top notch!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Stacey W
  • United States United States
Great animal encounters with the big guys that get your heart racing or leave you in awe.

Socorro is a pristine area that has not been impacted by plastic pollution and doesn't seem to be impacted by global warming. The Solmar V crew are so enjoyable and genuinely want all divers to have a nature-focused experience while being extremely safety conscientious. They love their jobs and really support keeping Socorro special. Being face-to-face with curious dolphins and admiring the beauty of a giant manta is difficult to describe - you have to experience it yourself. So glad I had the opportunity!

Recommended for
Mantas, dolphins and sharks (hammerhead, Galapagos, silky, tiger, white tip, silver tip, whale)
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • José T
  • Portugal Portugal
Great dives with great life

Rooms on boat too small Exaggerated Tips Service and dives excellent Very professional Crew

Recommended for
Dives - Crew Service - Underwater life
  • 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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • ALAN P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
An amazing time on a great boat

Highlights include seeing Manta Rays, dolphins and sharks. Some divers had a once in a lifetime experience of seeing a baitbail.

Recommended for
Great dive guides, Great dive sites and good company
  • 7.2 Good
  • Roberto C
  • Mexico Mexico

The sharks and llegó cation of the island.

Recommended for
The sharks, the sharks, the island location
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tammy R
  • United States United States
Amazing . Everyone need to do this at least once

To see my favorite shark of all time. They are so amazing and so misunderstood. The other great part was about 2 hours out to sea the captain got a call from another boat that there was a humpback whale with a buoy and fishing line tangled around the pectoral fins. Since the boat has a panga they put it in the water with 2 of the dive masters from our boat picked up a diver from the other boat and they were able to untangle the humpback. The best show of true compassion these guys have for all of the creatures of the sea. Will be back!!

Recommended for
Sharks The crew and Margaritas
  • 8.0 Very good
  • martine V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
comming back again

this was my second time in two years on the solmar v and i will go back again. the contact with the sealife on this trip exceeds most other trips and i can only say that it is highly addictive!! giant manta s, sharks, Dolphins, whalesharks and whales!!!!!! the only negative ? thing on this boat for me is that the cabins are quite small and there is not a lot storing space in the room. but that is the only thing that was not perfect

Recommended for
the diving is awesome,the crew is fantastic ,addictive experience
  • 10 Exceptional
  • ALAN P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Had an amazing time on the Solmar V

If you you want to see Sharks, Dolphins and Manta Rays Solmar V is the boat to go to. One of the best dives was playing with Manta Rays for a whole hour! We were so impressed we have re-booked for next year!

Recommended for
Boat space, Diving conditions, Great Crew
  • 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
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Lawrence D
  • United States United States
Very Nice

It was very pleasant. The Crew made the trip, the sea life was fabulous

Recommended for
The Food, The Staff, The Sea Life