Solmar V is a comfortable liveaboard offering space for 22 guests in 12 cabins (10 twin-berth and 2 single-berth). Superior cabins are located amidships and standard cabins are located towards the front of the boat. Each air-conditioned cabin has a private bathroom with sink, shower and head along with built in colour television and VCR. The interior of the boat has been carefully designed in rich polished mahogany inset with brass fittings, and with forest green upholstery and carefully-chosen artwork reflecting underwater scenes. Seating in the main salon is provided by four large, well-upholstered U-shaped booths. The large quarter deck has a special camera table and bench-style tank racks with good-sized gear-storage bins below. There are four rinse tanks (two for cameras/computers and two for dive gear) and two freshwater showers. The stern features a broad, full-width dive deck with a super-wide, in-water ladder to facilitate easy exit from the water, although two 7-metre inflatable pangas are used to drop and retrieve divers at specific sites, if need be. Nitrox is available at an extra charge. The owners of Solmar V have created a boat that combines the service expected of a deluxe resort hotel with the special requirements of a luxury liveaboard diving vessel. Three gourmet meals are prepared and served daily, along with pre and post-dive snacks.
Between late October and early June Solmar V offers a series of 8 nights cruises to the Revillagigedo Islands, with five and a half days of diving. The cruises commence at Cabo San Lucas at the southern tip of Baja California. Guests are picked up from the Solmar Suites Hotel and join the boat in the afternoon on the day of the cruise departure and leave the boat after an early breakfast on the last day.
Between late July and mid-October Solmar V offers a series of 4 nights cruises to Guadalupe Island, with three days of cage diving with Great White Sharks. The programme commences with a luxury coach transfer from San Diego in California to Ensenada in northern Baja California, where you join Solmar V at noon. From there Solmar V sails overnight to Guadalupe Island arriving the following morning in time for the first of three days of cage diving. She sails back overnight on day 4, arriving back at Ensenada by mid-day on day 5. The coach transfer back to San Diego will have you there by between 1600-1800.
GUADALUPE ISLAND: $3219. Includes: transfers between San Diego and Solmar V at Ensenada and vice versa; 4 nights cruise on Solmar V on a twin/share basis with full board including soft drinks, beer and wine with dinner; 3 full days of cage ‘diving’; local tax at 11%. Single Occupancy Supplement: 50% of the cruise cost in a twin cabin (but you can avoid paying the supplement if you are willing to share a cabin).
THE REVILLAGIGEDO (SOCORRO) ISLANDS: $3550. Includes: 8 nights cruise on Solmar V on a twin/share basis in a Standard Stateroom with full board including soft drinks, beer and wine with dinner; 5 full days of diving (usually 3 or 4 dives per day) plus one or two dives on the last day; local tax at 11%. Supplement to upgrade to a Superior Stateroom: $112. Airport transfers are not included, but there is a shuttle bus service between Los Cabos Airport and the Hotel Solmar Suites costing $12-15 one-way.
Single Occupancy Supplement: 50% of the cruise cost in a twin cabin (but you can avoid paying the supplement if you are willing to share a cabin).