V starts 2007 with a classic day at San Benedicto's Boiler
After spectacular encounters with giant mantas,
whalesharks, hammerheads and dolphins in November and December 2006,
the crew & clients spent a classic day at the Boiler on Jan 1, 2007...
Our season opener in November '06 proved
one of the best ever with seven whalesharks and lots of mantas
and hundreds of other sharks!
In fact, whalesharks were encountered on all our November and December
trips up until the New Years trip. Roca Partida proved to be the
hot spot during these months with Solmar V spending up to three days
on some trips out at this remote pinnacle island. Besides the usual
large schools of hammerheads and a favorite spot for whaleshark encounters,
this season we found an unusual amount of friendly giant mantas at "the
rock". Throw in the consistent bottlenose dolphin encounters
experienced by our divers to top off two months of incredible diving.
The water temps have been holding in the high 70's(78-79F) with colder
temps expected this month as friendly humpbacks start to arrive on
their seasonal winter migration.
December also saw the return of our yearly
photo tour and contest hosted by well-known professionals Marty
Snyderman and Bonnie Pelnar.
The trip was a great success with Bonnie mentioning that the number
of sharks at Roca Partida were some of the best she has ever seen
out there! Patti & David Gross teamed up to take Best of Trip
by Patti for her video and Third Place by David for his still shot.
A complete list of winners & trip details will be posted the
week of Jan 8 on our photo tour & contest page.
After a very successful 2006, new owners
Jose Luis & Leslie
Lee Sanchez hosted the popular New Years trip Dec 26 - Jan 3. To
help bring in the New Year right, Pedro our chef prepared a special
holiday turkey dinner on Dec 30 and topped everyone's expectations
with a scrumptious lobster and filet mignon dinner on Dec 31. We
toasted the New Year under a San Benedicto full moon with champagne
2007 started on a very positive note with
fantastic diving all day at the famous Boiler. The Boiler was in
classic form with 6 to
7 giant mantas hanging around the pinnacle all day long to be cleaned
by endemic Clarion Angelfish. Many clients were able to video & photograph
up to 4 or 5 mantas in one frame! Also consistent were the hammerheads
if you decided to kick out into blue water to search for them. One
client from Japan, escorted by en experienced Solmar V divemaster,
was able to capture hundreds of hammerheads on video just off the
Boiler. On top of all this action, we were visited throughout the
day by pods of inquisitive bottlenose dolphins.
We look forward to sharing our experience and knowledge of these
very special islands will all our guests in 2007...
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