Solmar V, Mexico

Excellent food and drinks

“Manta rays close and lots of sharks”

Allen F, United States United States
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  • 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: 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: 16% VAT, Fuel Surcharge (200 USD per trip), National Park Fees (25-87 USD per day).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (20-35 USD), Nitrox Course (235-320 USD), Private Dive Guide, Scuba Diving Courses, Beach Towels, WiFi internet (100 USD).

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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
  • Paid Internet
  • 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
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Allen F
  • United States United States
great trip

Manta rays close and lots of sharks

Recommended for
great diving, great crew, great guests
  • 7.6 Good
  • ben B
  • United States United States
great team!

Seeing whales on the way out of cabo harbour

Recommended for
The divemasters, experience and friendliness, the chef!!!, the salon
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jeremiah T
  • United States United States
Great experience

Great diving with a lot of sea life and pelagics! Saw hammerheads, a couple of tigers, Galapagos, whitetips, silvertip sharks, quite a few mantas, schools of tuna and multiple dolphins.

Recommended for
The crew, dive guides & sharks!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Stacey C
  • United States United States
Amazing dives, caring and professional staff

Single cabin, fun staff, beautiful abundant animals

Recommended for
Abundance of wildlife, fun people, high level of service
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Simon H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Batman under water

Visability and weather wasnt the best (it seems to be a windy place), neither did we get to see the huge groups of Hammerheads. However, this was a very good trip. The boat is comfortable (we only had 17 divers, it might be a bit more of a squeeze on a full boat), the decor is almost like a cocktail bar on the waves, think of walking into “Cheers”. I had a cabin to myself, with the most comfortable bed Ive ever had on a boat. Constant hot water and drinking water through out the boat were all very welcome. I liked the amount of space on the dive deck, plenty of room to spread out. The dive guides (Diego, Ivan & Nacho) were very enthusiastic & knowledgeable of the location and how to get the best from it. These are not pretty dives, not much here in the way of colourful reef fish or macro (at least on my visit), but, that didn't matter for me. The Mantas were amazing and engaging. I particularly liked the Black Manta’s…like Batman underwater. We also had a great session snorkelling with False Killer Whales. The rest of the crew were faultless, all very helpful, enthusiastic and cheery. Service was faultless. Probably the best ive been on for a while.

Recommended for
Dive Guides, Dive deck space, crew.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Gabriele G
  • Italy Italy
poor cabin, old but efficient boat, excellent crew

dolphins, manta rays, whale-shark

Recommended for
diving, group, crew.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jennifer S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Amazing Boat and Crew!

The Solmar V is a lovely boat, it's small enough to be intimate and cosy but big enough that you always have enough space and never feel on top of other people. I've never know a crew as hardworking or friendly as the crew of the Solmar V, our Panga driver Coco was the friendliest guy you'll ever meet. The food was exceptional and they had the best selection of drinks I've had on any livaboard. The diving highlight for me was the Oceanic Manta, what a humbling experience being in the water with those gentle giants. I am already planning my return trip! Jenny, UK

Recommended for
The crew work tirelessly to make sure the experience is the best it can be. The boat is lovely and comfortable. Socorro is a magical place.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Iballa C
  • Spain Spain
Amazing crew , really good dive sites. Will repeat it

Diving with mantas Lot of sharks interacting with divers Roca partida dive site Good funny moments in the panga Food excellent Long etcetera

Recommended for
Good vibes, staff, other divers
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Carly M
  • Australia Australia
Really fun trip

Swimming with dolphins and mantas

Recommended for
Really great big animal encounters
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Javier Q
  • Mexico Mexico
An experience to go back again and again!

Definitely the school of hammerheads, the playfulness of the mantas, the presence of silky, white-tip, and tiger sharks. On the boat, incredible attention to each and every one of us. Top-notch!

Recommended for
Attention from the crew, awesome diving, amazing buddies