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Solmar V

Liveaboard, Guadalupe Island, Mexico

The 35m Solmar V is a comfortable steel hulled diving liveaboard with traditional wooden interiors, accommodating 22 guests in 10 double and 2 single cabins, offering thrilling itineraries to dive with Giant Pacific manta rays, hammerhead sharks, humpback whales and whale sharks in the Socorro Islands and cage diving with magnificent Great White Sharks in Guadalupe.

The professional crew provide a high level of service and the boat is well equipped to ensure your comfort and safety. There is plenty of space to relax, and in the evenings you can enjoy a complimentary margarita, beer or glass of house wine on the spacious sun deck whilst watching the sun set on another days fabulous diving!

To find out more about this area, visit our Guadalupe page.

Getting there
The port town of Ensenada, in Mexico, where the liveaboard for Guadalupe Island is berthed, is very easily reached. A popular air routing for Guadalupe trips is to San Diego, in California. We recommend you take one night’s accommodation there prior to the liveaboard. From San Diego, the liveaboard offers a courtesy bus transfer across the Mexican boarder (they will take care of visas for you) and the journey time to Ensenada is about 2.5hrs. 

Another option is to fly to Tijuana, and from there you can take a bus to Ensenada. We will happily advise which option is best for you and to give all the details.

Guide price: 10 nights from GBP £3055pp*
Includes: 10 nights accommodation in a standard cabin on a full board basis with a selected of local beer and wine, plus all diving, tanks and weights, air fills, fuel surcharges, harbour fees, National Park fees, Mexican sales tax and transfers from host hotel to Solmar V.

Package excludes: international flights, overnight hotel stays, Hyperbaric chamber contribution: 15 USD (per trip – payable on board), airport transfers, alcoholic drinks (spirits), nitrox fills for enriched air divers, equipment rentals.

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin/double share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Quick Guide: Solmar V

  • 35m length
  • Max 22 passengers
  • 2 single stateroom cabins, 4 standard stateroom cabins and 6 superior stateroom cabins
  • Recommended diver level: For Guadalupe, you do not need to be a certified diver to participate in the surface cage diving. Certification is only required for guests who would like to go into the submersible cage.


The Solmar V has 12 comfortable cabins located on the lower deck. The 4 standard cabins and 6 larger superior cabins have double or twin beds and there are 2 single bedded cabins. Each cabin has individually controlled air-conditioning, TV and entertainment system, portholes windows and en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries and towels.

There is a large air-conditioned lounge located on the main deck with comfortable seating, large screen TV and DVD player, games and library. There is also a spacious shaded sun deck with sun loungers and deck-chairs.  

Meals are served in the sociable dining area located on the main deck and are a delicious combination of international or local Mexican dishes.  Snacks are served throughout the day and tea/coffee, soft drinks, margaritas, beer and wine are complimentary during your stay on board.

The large dive deck is located at the rear of the main deck and has ample space for each diver, large tiered camera table four fresh water rinse tanks and two warm showers.  The majority of the diving is from the rear dive platform which comfortably holds several divers at once and there are entry/exit ladders located at the rear corners of the ship providing easy access to the water.  For sites not accessible from the main boat, there are two 7m Achilles inflatables, each with their own sturdy, custom ladder.  Divers are typically divided up into three groups, each with their own Dive Guide.

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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm
Tel: 01449 535010

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