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Dive Review of Catalina Divers Supply/Catalina Island in
The Continental USA/California

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Ron Kloberdanz, CA, USA
Report Number 2882
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Kona, HI; Maui; Oahu; Kauai
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
surge, currents  
Water Temp
68   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Had a single 50gal can onboard for rinsing gear.  This was used for cameras
as well.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
3 stars    
We went on a 2-tank boat dive to two locations.  

Good:  LOTS of very different, interesting fish.  Very 'friendly'
Garibaldi, beautiful kelp forests.  Shop crew very friendly and helpful.
Were able to make our own dive plan.  Saw our first shark (Leopard).

Bad:  Little pre-information for those of us who had only tropical diving
experience.  We were expected to set up our own rental gear, had to tank up
and walk to aft of rocking boat in full 12mm suit +25-30lb weight, and then
try to put on fins.  No guide.  Divemaster did not dive with divers. Rental
masks fit poorly (we will NEVER forget our masks again!).  Limited dive
briefing with little information.  

Other:  12mm suits were so cumbersome, but did keep us warm.  Water at
depth became quite cold.  
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