Solmar V vs. Rocio Del Mar vs. Nautilus Explorer

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Solmar V vs. Rocio Del Mar vs. Nautilus Explorer

Post by enchantmentdivi » Fri May 08, 2015 6:56 pm

Anybody? Thoughts???
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Re: Solmar V vs. Rocio Del Mar vs. Nautilus Explorer

Post by fmerkel » Fri May 08, 2015 9:32 pm

Interesting question, especially if anyone has been on all of them. I've only done the Explorer and only up in Canada. Great boat, well run. Probably the most expensive, but I don't know that.
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Re: Solmar V vs. Rocio Del Mar vs. Nautilus Explorer

Post by Magoi » Fri May 08, 2015 9:40 pm

The only liveaboard I have done is the Rocio del Mar - did the 10 day trip from north to south on the Sea of Cortez last November. They did a fantastic job and the boat is great - our entire group had a great trip. I will be going to the Socorros with them.
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Re: Solmar V vs. Rocio Del Mar vs. Nautilus Explorer

Post by LCF » Fri May 08, 2015 10:22 pm

We did the Socorros on the RDM. I have NOTHING but good things to say about the boat. The cabins are roomy enough (and the ones with single bunks are laid out nicely to maximize floor space). The dive deck works efficiently. The food was fantastic. The crew was absolutely fabulous -- competent, efficient, and super friendly. They work all day at various jobs, and remain cheerful and sociable throughout. We have been trying very hard to set up another trip on the boat, because we liked it so much . . . but apparently we aren't the only ones, because it books up well in advance.
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Re: Solmar V vs. Rocio Del Mar vs. Nautilus Explorer

Post by BillZ » Fri May 08, 2015 10:23 pm

I did a 10 day circumnavigation trip of Vancouver Island on the Nautilus Explorer a few years ago. The Explorer is a great boat and Mike Lever runs a really good operation.

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Re: Solmar V vs. Rocio Del Mar vs. Nautilus Explorer

Post by enchantmentdivi » Sat May 09, 2015 7:33 am

Thanks all! I've been on the Nautilus when it was up in BC/Alaska, and it was great. We're looking to do something for my big 5-0 in 2017, so we're starting to explore options now. I've been wanting to do the great whites, which all 3 boats do. I'm trying to decide if the $ is worth the trip. While great whites sound awesome--not sure if it would get kind of boring with only that as an option. Apparently, the Nautilus will actually let you venture out of the cage........hmmmm!
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Re: Solmar V vs. Rocio Del Mar vs. Nautilus Explorer

Post by fmerkel » Sat May 09, 2015 10:29 am

Mike Lever let you out with great whites!?!?
Now THAT would be some kind of change of heart!
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Re: Solmar V vs. Rocio Del Mar vs. Nautilus Explorer

Post by enchantmentdivi » Sat May 09, 2015 10:32 am

Quote from the website:

"Picture it - crystal clear water,calm and sheltered, two cages submersed at 40 feet, one cage suspended at 15 feet and one cage just below the surface - the opportunity for diving is virtually unlimited! Feeling brave? You can even get out from behind the bars under the watchful eyes of our divemasters."

I'm sure they wouldn't let you venture far. HA!
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