Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 8 - March 16, 2017 #TripReport

Roca Partida Experience

Photo: Erick Higuera

Hello everybody,

This is the report for the trip number 13, from March 08th to the 16th, nine days of scuba diving on board Solmar V in the Revillagigedo archipelago. The weather was pretty good, and also with good visibility in most of the sites. On this trip we had some guest who were here before with us, so we are very happy to see them again, and flattered that they decided to spend their vacations in Revillagigedo on board Solmar V.

As always the first stop was in San Benedicto, where we did four dives in “El Bolier”. We started at eight o’clock in the morning with some dolphins in the area, so by the time we jumped in the water the first group of divers swam with them. The current was heading north and the visibility was excellent. The mantas were following us and playing with the bubbles of the divers, so we had a great day of diving; everybody was excited and happy with all the mantas we saw.

For the next two days of scuba diving we went to “Roca Partida”, where we had the best dives of this trip. In Roca the current was strong coming from east and the visibility was great. The first dive on the first day we saw a juvenile whale shark! Not too deep and close to the rock. We were hopping that the shark stayed all day but unfortunately we didn’t see him again. We saw Galapagos sharks here and there, a school of skip jacks, huge tunas easily over 100 pounds patrolling the area, and mantas were in the area.

The second day was a blast, on the first dive we went dawn to look for the school of hammerhead sharks on the south side of the rock and we found them at 40 meters! Probably more than 40 animals we saw. On the way back to the rock a black manta joined us for a few minutes and almost at the end of the dive, 12 to 15 dolphins showed up and played with us. But the climax of this dive was when the dolphins left us, and latter on they came back surrounding a humpback whale and her calf! Three guys from my group and me were there to see them! Also, we had some dives with super friendly mantas, two of them stayed with us for over 40 minutes, going from one diver to the other.

After some incredible dives in Roca Partida we headed to Socorro Island, where we decided to go to “Cabo Pearce”. The conditions here were not as good as the previous days, we had strong current most of the dives. We saw dolphins early in the morning, mantas, Galapagos sharks and the school of hammerheads sharks in deep water.

Is not very often to see whales and dolphins at the same time when we are scuba diving. On this trip Roca Partida gaves us the opportunity to have that experience and for that we are very grateful.

Dive Instructor Solmar V

Dive Conditions
Current (mild1-strong5) 3
Visibility 60ft/18m
Water temp 73F/23C
Climate Sunny
Sea (calm1-choppy5) 2
to Revillagigedo 1
to Cabo San Lucas 3

Monday, March 6, 2017

February 26 - March 6, 2017 #TripReport

Hi All!
A Dolphin and Hump Back Whale trip!

Photo: Erick Higuera

Our crossing South to Isla San Benedicto was spectacular, really flat surface ocean
conditions! Las Cuevas our fist dive of the trip as a check out dive in Isla San Benedicto!
Lots of white tip reef sharks, flounders, green sea turtles, 2 chevron mantas, sting rays, lots
of reef fish, in the over heads clusters of lobsters, a great first dive under very friendly
conditions, vis average 40ft/12m, no current at all, water temp 73℉/23℃, air temp 77℉/
25℃, Roca Partida amazing place, great memories to take back home! Lots of videos
and pictures were taken by our happy customers to enter the famous Solmar V photo
contest, as early as 7:20 am we are all ready in the water enjoying the chirping of
more than 15 friendly dolphins for more than 35 minutes, Giant Pacific Mantas as
friendly as always swimming slowly letting us swim under blowing lots of bubbles,
yellow fin tunas hunting, a massive school of stripe bonitos showed up several times
even with dolphins and silky sharks tailing them! A school of 24 Hammer Heads were
there in the South end of the Rock, Silver tip sharks! this is not it! We enjoyed the
opportunity of snorkeling with Hump Back Whales several times, mama, boyfriend
and calf! Even breaches high in front of the zodiacs, other times the came just by our
Boat Solmar V, Cabo Pearce dive site at Isla Socorro, early dives the best! Dolphins
once again! This time one of them came up to us so close so close within inches away
from our hands inviting us to pet, of course we did, we spent minutes and minutes
petting this dolphin while others were swimming circles around us, of course mantas
demanding of our attention above every body! 

Punta Tosca dive site at Socorro as
well made us enjoy of friendly mantas under those easy dive conditions.
Back to Isla San Benedicto to dive El Boiler, the first dive of the morning with
about 14 dolphins chirping so loud! Swimming with them made us go far from the rock
at the same time swimming with them made us return to the rock, the North West
side turned to be a cleaning station not only for mantas but dolphins too at a depth of
110ft/33m, easy 35 to 40 minutes of dolphin joy! Nitrox 32 a great advantage to stay
with chevron and black mantas longer time in shallower water for the rest of the day!
Of course lobsters, octos, white tips jacks and more were there to compliment a
great day!
Dive conditions of the trip:
Average Vis 60ft/18m
Air temp average of the trip 77℉/25 ℃
Average Current 2 in a scale from 1 to 5
Average water temp 75℉/23℃
Ocean surface conditions: flat.
Weather: Sunny
Dive Instructor
Daniel Zapata, Solmar V.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 15 - February 25, 2017 #TripReport

Dive report trip 11

                                                          "The Manta Experience "

    Hi everyone !!

We left from Cabo San Lucas on February 15th and we arrived to do our check dive in Las Cuevitas the next day at San Benedicto island. The first dive was very easy and relaxing and everyone enjoyed their first contact with this area ,specially once into the small cave plenty of tropical fishes. For the second day of diving we anchor near to the Boiler, spectacular dive site which seems as an underwater plateau with several cleaning stations for mantas .we saw a manta chevron coming from the blue and moving to the eastern corner of the site to stay around us! After two dives we moved to Cabo Fearce for another two dives. In Cabo Pearce was amazing to watch all the geography of the site with big rock formations and pinnacles. A manta Chevron was going down while passing in front of us and once close to the ascent line a curious silky shark was turning under the Solmar V. We cross to Roca Partida an isolated island in the Pacific, and once there our trip becomes a blast!! Bottle nose dolphins swimming straight to us, 8 to 10 of them passing in front of us, another swimming up and down, and a very curious dolphin come to check us and meantime a Chevron Manta was swimming with them and a Galapagos shark circling around. We had action with the mantas for the next two dives of the day. Mantas everywhere, circling and interacting with the divers, enjoying the divers bubbles at their bellys. Black Mantas mixed with chevron mantas, 4 mantas coming from everywhere in all directions. Big yellowfin tunas, big school of cottonmouth jacks, big eye jacks, whitetips sharks resting on the ledges and with more current at the northern corner of the rock big and beautiful silvertip sharks and 3 to 4 Galapagos sharks in between an school of skip jacks. The sea was turning rough then was the right time to leave from  Roca Partida, to come back in the next days. 

We moved to the main island and once in Socorro we dove at Cabo Pearce where we notice about the strong current, and we saw 3 Chevron Mantas and 1 black manta during the 4 dives of the day!! We saw few hammerheads and a big Galapagos shark patrolling the area!! The next stop was Punta Tosca, a long reef which has two bars. The conditions weren't the better as we could have, we had surge, but when we went trough a passage which allow to be in between the two bars, we saw lot of tropical fishes as pacific trigger fish, parrot fish, morish idols and lots of hard corals and at last of the dive we found a mobula ray! We had the Mexican Navy check which always is a good time to share time with the sailors which protect the area and for the next to dives of the day we come back to Cabo Pearce where always is good place for mantas and hammerheads! We leave Socorro island and we headed back to San Benedicto Island. Once there we dove at the canyon spectacular site to see Pacific giant mantas and hammerheads. 

The first dive was truly amazing, we had two Chevron mantas the entire dive and a black manta come to check us from the depth, and the rest of the dives gave us a wonderful experience. In the blue we saw a big school of amber jacks, and a big hammerhead was around at the limit of the visibility and meantime the silvertips sharks were around, we had more action with the mantas and for the last dive of the day a 2 groups went to tres hermanos a site close to the canyon and another group repeat the canyon ,but this time we dove in different way to recognize the rock called the submarine or years before was called the manta rock.we saw lots of tropical fishes, morish idols ,clarion angel fish waiting for the mantas to come to clean them up ,lots of pacific trigger fish , lobsters ,moray eels ,trevalley jacks ,pacific trigger fish and in the previous dives and specially in the last dive of the day we had a good action with the silky sharks under the belly of the Solmar V, 4 silky sharks circling around ,looking the big and spectacular school of amber jacks which was very active under the ship .The divers loved to see this sharks coming straight to them and circling very close and very curious , was a perfect time for pictures and videos with all this curious sharks around .The people at diving at Tres Hermanos they have a relaxing dive in an area with hard corals and tropical fish and a manta passing by. After dinner was the perfect time to return one more time to Roca Partida where more action was waiting for us !! This time the conditions were better!! During the day we saw big Galapagos sharks, 3 to 4 of them at the 90 ft / 27 m. All the area was a massive explosion of marine life. Schools of skip jacks, amber jacks, big eye jacks everywhere, trumpet fish and we saw 4 to 5 different mantas, one of them a black one. They were around all the time and they liked to stay at the 50 ft / 15 m to the surface. Every diver felt the kindness of this magnificent creature of the ocean. This gentile animal is unique in its type and Roca Partida gave us the chance to interact with them. Everybody is happy. After the 3rd dive of the day we seen humpbacks whales in the area, then we took the chance to snorkeling with them. We got in the dingy just with snorkeling gear and cameras. The whales went down and took a long time to see them again, but suddenly a whale was blowing and immediately we went to them. The first try was very good, we watched a humpback whale below us. We appreciate a big shade and two white pectoral fins. We saw it for a short time, but the emotion was in the air and we got in the dingy for the second try. We needed to wait because the whales went down for a long time, but when they surface at the distance Andres our boat captain maneuver fast and when we saw the mark in the water like a mirror we enter in the water and bellow as like at 35 ft / 10 m we saw 2 beautiful humpback whales. One of them was big, static and horizontal and the other whale was upside down, and moving slowly. The cool thing is that they stayed in the same place without moving and the divers took very nice pictures. Wonderful time!!  We had the time to watch for the last time the whales showing us the tale and the pectoral fin saying bye!!

 And to see some more we went to El Boiler one more time in San Benedicto Island. Today February 23th was our last day of diving and was a great day. A gorgeous way to close this trip! During the day we saw 4 to 6 different Mantas swimming all together, up and down, at depth at the 90 ft / 27 m while a big hammerhead was around. The Mantas stayed at the 50 ft / 15 to the surface ,swimming and coming straight to our face, showing us their belly and turning all the way to the surface to come down and disappear in the blue. All was about enjoyment and excitement. Every diver is taking home all this memories of Socorro Island and a good memory of our vessel the Solmar V, taking us safe back home to arrive tomorrow February 24th to Cabo San Lucas!! See you next trip!!
Ignacio Hernan Leyro
Scuba instructor 
Solmar V

Dive conditions:

Current : mild to strong currents 
Visibility : 40 ft / 12 m to 80 ft / 24 m 
Water temperature : 73 f º / 23 ºC to 72º / 22 º C
Sunny except 2 days cloudy and raining

sea :
Rough sea in Roca Partida and Punta Tosca ,and in the boiler the last day - Most of the trip calm sea

Crossing :
1st crossing from San Benedicto to Roca Partida : 9 hours 30 minutes
2nd crossing from San Benedicto to Socorro Island : 11 hours
3rd crossing from Socorro Island to San Benedicto : 4 hours 30 minutes
4th crossing from San Benedicto to Roca Partida : 9 hours 30 minutes
5th crossing from Roca to San Benedicto : 9 hours 30 minutes

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.--