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: Port Fees, 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, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: 16% VAT, Travel Insurance, Chamber Fees (15 USD per trip), Fuel Surcharge (200-300 USD), National Park Fees (87 USD per day).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (20-35 USD), Nitrox, 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
  • 39 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Lynn M
  • United States United States
The SoalmarV is in poor condition and need to be updated

Hammerheads, white tip/silver tip sharks and whale shark. The mantas could have been if the divers were prevented from chasing them. I would not recommend this dive boat.

Recommended for
Dive sights
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Lee B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great staff and great diving on the Soccoro Vortex

Hammerheads Mantas Dolphins Tiger Shark

Recommended for
The staff, the diving and the boats overall cleanliness
  • 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
  • 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