Monday, February 13, 2017

February 3 - February 13, 2017 #TripReport

Hello everybody,

This is the report for the trip number 10, from February 03rd to the 13th, eleven days of scuba diving on board Solmar V in the Revillagigedo archipelago. The weather this trip was pretty good, and also with good visibility in most of the sites.

We started in San Benedicto island where we dove the day we arrived in “Las Cuevas” for the check out dive. The next two days we dove in “El Boiler” and “El Cañon” respectively.  El Boiler was great with mantas all over the place and one or two Silkies, Galapagos and Hammerhead sharks here and there. As always the mantas were super friendly, staying on top of the divers playing with the bubbles and following us all the time. In El Cañon the ocean conditions, soft current heading south, gave us the opportunity to find the school of hammerheads when we swam into the blue. Silkies, the school of jacks and groupers were under the boat too. At the cleaning station three silver tip sharks and a couple of mantas were there.

The next stop in our trip was “Roca Partida” where we stayed for two days. The days there were superb, excellent visibility and good water temperature. The current on this trip was heading northwest but not to bad for us, it was easy to handle. On the north side of the rock, we had a group of Galapagos sharks, on the south side two schools of hammerheads. Mantas around the rock, dolphins, tunas hunting and a school of skipjacks followed by silkies were there for our delight.
In Roca Partida we had the chance to see the humpback whales from the Solmar V, the mother and her calf breaching and hitting the water with the tales. The pick of the trip was when we had the chance to snorkel with the whales! We were super close to the calf and the mom! Also one of the groups at the end of the dive and waiting to be picked up for the chase boat saw the whales coming towards them from deep!

After two amazing days in Roca, we went to Socorro Island for two more days of diving. In “Cabo Pearce” we found strong current early in the morning and slowed down during the day. Mantas, three Galapagos sharks and a couple of hammerheads were on the site. The second day we went to “Roca O’Neal” where the visibility was great and we had mantas all over the place during the dive. The second dive site this day was “Punta Tosca” for the last dive of the day, where four mantas were at the cleaning station and a group of Clarion Angel fish were cleaning them.

The last stop of this trip was San Benedicto, for the last four dives in El Boiler, where we had the dolphins swimming and playing with us early in the morning. The rest of the dives were with mantas all the time.

This trip was one of the best in the season with humpback whales, mantas, dolphins, and different types of sharks. Our guest came back with great memories and a huge smile in their faces!

Dive Instructor Solmar V

Dive Conditions
Current (mild1-strong5) 2
Visibility 60ft/18m
Water temp 73F/23C

Climate Sunny
Sea (calm1-choppy5) 2

to Revillagigedo 1
to Cabo San Lucas 4

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 24 - February 1st, 2017


Hi everyone!
We are on our way back to Los Cabos having completed once again a successful trip on board of the Solmar V liveaboard which kept our guests thrilled along the week with playfull mantas, dolphins, sharks and lots of different species that make this outstanding place one of the best diving spots in the world.

This trip started whit rough swells and windy days but the weather came to a calm state at the middle of our journey making the visibility a great allied and the light current made our dives enjoyable showing the great marine life that get around this magnificent archipielago, specially at our favorite diving spots Cabo Pearce, Roca Partida and Boiler.

The first stop this time was El Cañon in San Benedicto Island with its versatile diving and marine life diversity along the canyon, with 50+ big eye trevallies under the boat swimming on and on having their own silky shark patrol of about 6 different individuals making the best scenario for our great photographers on board. Right on the edges of the site we have great manta encounters, 4 mantas hovering on the mild current and getting their usual bubble shower. The sharks made their appearance always at the cleaning station full of life between silvertips, whitetip reef sharks and the occasional hammerhead coming up from deep water.
The weather conditions made us to take a decision and lead the boat straight to Socorro Island where the best was about to come at Cabo Pearce. On the first dive the pangas drop the divers at the perfect spot. Once we started descending, an unusual behavior took place when one dolphin came right at one of our guides and started poking his nose at his mask on a clear sign of friendly gesture, so the interaction didn´t wait to long when in a moment 7 dolphins were all over the place being pet by the divers for about an amazing 35 minutes that according to our guests, this definitely has to be one of their best dives of their lives, hard to disagree with them when this place has come to be the Dolphin Paradise! For the rest of the day the mantas were the best part of the show, with at least 6 different individuals swimming close to the rock and right at the surface. The Galapagos sharks were all over the place on a big number hunting on the deep parts, big school of 100+ tunas swimming on the blue and two of our divers got to see false killer whales right on their safety stop.
Roca Partida has risen big expectations between the divers that come to Socorro because it is humpback whale season and we were waiting the same once we got there. We could spot them at the surface but it is hard to see them underwater. Anyhow we had great diving there with 5 different mantas along the rock, 6 Galapagos sharks swimming on the deep zones the same as the hammerheads and 2 silvertips. The rock was full of life on the south point with big schools of jacks, creole fishes and yellowtail triggers.
We finished our trip at Boiler with poor visibility but great manta action, having their bubbles doze and the never ending stills and videos by our guests. At the end we got to see one tiger shark close to the sand at 35 mts / 140 ft and more Galapagos sharks swimming close to the pinnacle.

As always we are heading back to land with happy divers and lots of great memories to share with the diving world, so mission accomplished and hopefully we get to see the big mamas next trip!

Wishing the best from and for the ocean.

Rodrigo Marroquin, dive instructor.

Currents: Mild
Visibility: 65 ft / 20 m
Water temp: 75 F / 23 C

(On scale 0 calm - 5 rough)

Climate: Cloudy
Sea: Choppy 3/5

(On scale 0 calm - 5 rough)

To San Benedicto: 4
To Socorro: 4
To Roca Partida: 3

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Jan 19, 2017

Good day people,

Today we dove in Cabo Pearce in Socorro. The water temperature was 75F and the visibility around 60 feet, the day was cloudy with a soft rain early in the morning. Because of the check in the afternoon at the Navy Base, we did only three dives. The first dive was good, we saw one dolphin, two hammerhead sharks and two mantas. For the second dive we had three mantas modt of the time and a group of five playful dolphins. Probably the best dive of the day was the third one, the current picked up, so we had to hold on to the rocks for a while to stay on the reef. We saw a big hammerhead close to us and a few minutes latter in the blue the big school of hammers! Strong current, big stuff to see! Also three mantas were on top of the reef, two blacks and one chevron; one of the black mantas followed us when were were drifting away from the reef, until we did our safety stop and then the manta left us.
Socorro Island gave us a great day of diving and now we are heading to San Benedicto, for the last day on this trip.

Pablo DM

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jan 18, 2017

Hi All!
Jan 18, 2017.
Roca Partida:
Humpback whales are back to Roca Parida, they kept teasing us coming closer to the rock, mama
calf and escort chasing them, at times they came across between the Roca and Solmar V,
Under a cloudy day, early as 7 am we went diving! Our first dive of the morning brought to us a
very curious whale shark in the North End of the Roca, as the day went by in other dives fun Black
and Chevron Giant Pacific Mantas were there to make our dives unforgettable,Vis over 80ft/24m,
for the most part water temp 79℉/26℃, shifting current along the day kept us in shape
starting mild in the morning increasing intensity by our third dive! With it a school of
Hammer Head shark came back to South End of Roca doing what they are famous for,
swimming on their side, showing the shiny side, here and there Yellow Fin Tunas making
every fish retrieve to the safety of the rock, Fun day and a bit challenging made it count for
our dive experience!
Dive Inst
Daniel Zapata, Solmar V.--

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jan 17, 2017

Today we arrive to Roca Partida after a rocky crossing from San Benedicto but the diving conditions were good with a medium swell coming from the north, the wind blowing from the northwest, good visibility of 30 meters / 90 ft, water temperature 24 C / 79 F, some thermoclines along the rock and light current coming from the north.

We got in the water on the first dive waiting to spot some whales due we have seen spotting them early morning a 100 yards away from the rock and then appearing on a different spot blowing and even splashing with their tail, apparently there 3 around the zone, one escort, the big mama and the calf. As soon as we were in the water we could see a big school of hammerheads, about 30 individuals swimming deep in the blue and getting away from us with the ocasionaly single lost one swimming behind the big group. On the current at the north the big sharks appeared, silver tips, Galapagos, silkies and the resident white tip reef sharks resting on the ledges made the perfect occasion for the photographers. As the day goes by, we could see two mantas chasing each other, one black and a very friendly chevron that kept following the divers as usual. In the blue we could see a big school of skip jacks followed by tunas, rainbow runners and the pompanos swimming close to the surface.

We expected to see the big whales today but hopefully tomorrow will be our lucky day, they are so close!!

Rodrigo Marroquin, dive instructor.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Jan 16, 2017

Good day everybody,

Today we were in San Benedicto and the dive site was El Cañon. The water temperature was 75F and the visibility for the first two dives around 70feet; for the afternoon dives the wind picked up bringing dust from the island, and changing the conditions. We had 30 feet of visibility more or less.
The first dive at 7 AM was good, we saw dolphins, a couple of mantas, hammerheads and silver tip sharks. For the second dive we saw three mantas, dolphins at the beginning and the end of the dive, hammerheads, two black tip sharks, a tiger shark close to the cleaning station and four silkies swimming under the Solmar V were there for us. Probably the best dive of the day this one was because of all the action we had. For the third dive we found again the school of hammerheads, but this time they came pretty close to the divers. Two playful chevron mantas were with us most of the time and silkies too. For the last dive because of the lower visibility, some divers decided to stay under the boat taking pictures and video of the silkies in shallow water; also a chevron manta came close too.
Now we are heading to Roca Partida for another great day of diving.

Pablo DM

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Jan 11, 2017

Today we are back at San Benedicto diving "Boiler" with great diving conditions, light swell, with 60 ft / 20 mts of visibility, 23 C / 75 F water temperature, no current on the first 2 dives and a little bit of it on the third and fourth dives.

We started the day spotting dolphins on the west side of Boiler, 6 dolphins diving down to 30 meters to get cleaned by the endemic clarion fish, two of them were petting each other on a clear sign of mating so we thought we spoiled their special time, anyway they kept swimming between us and even one of them started rushing to the surface and jumped out of the water several times. On the deep we could see a big hammerhead, about 2 meters or more swimming close to the sand, some black tips were very close to the dolphins but when we tried to have a closer glance they disappear in the blue. The mantas showed up along the day, 4 or 6 different were gliding between the rock and the canyon on the west side of Boiler, so we went down to 30 meters to see them better when 2 big ones started swimming back to the rock and started coming up close to it to get the rising current right under their wings. To finish the day we got a quick view of a big tiger shark that came close to the divers just for a moment and then it went back down to the sand while the divers tried to get the best shot possible.

Its been a great trip for the Brazilian team and for the Solmar crew, we will be back in short.

Rodrigo Marroquin, dive instructor.