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Dive Review of Catalina Diver's Supply in
The Continental USA/Catalina Island - So. Calif.

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Don Jennings, CA, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 5001
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Monterey Bay, CA;  Florida Keys; Mexico; Grand Cayman; Hawaii; Channel
Islands; San Diego, CA;
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
65   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
7
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
In the Dive Park at Casino Point you were asked not to leave the roped off
area since boats frequented the area.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
NOTE: when I view it for submittal it doesn't reflect the ratings I gave
it.  So,
OVERALL DIVING FOR BEGINNERS - 4
OVERALL DIVING FOR EXPERIENCED - 4
MONEY'S WORTH ON THE DIVE BOAT - 4
OVERALL DIVE BOAT EXPERIENCE - 4-5

Our group was composed of a mix of beginners, intermediates and very
experienced divers and made 6 dives (4 shore, 2 boat) over 3 days. The
shore dives were all at Casino Point and included 1 night dive.  

Shore dive entry/exit is extremely easy using large concrete stairs that go
into the water.  The dive park is from 20-90 feet deep.  Maximum depth is
< 200 feet from the shore so it is a very easy swim.  There are several
small wrecks, dense kelp forests of various types of kelp and plentiful
small fish.  Tanks and weights are available at the dive site.  We saw an
octopus or two and 1 harbor seal.  Fish at Casino Point are not shy, in
fact some nipped at face masks and gloves which "spooked" at
least one of the novice divers in our group.
Note:  there are no lights at Casino Point so it is necessary to have
lights to get dressed and undress for the night dive.

There are thermoclines, the ones we experienced changed water temperature
by as much as 8 degrees (74-66) at about 40'.  This does influence how much
rubber you wear.

The main reason we went there was to see Giant Black Sea Bass, and we saw
plenty on our first boat dive.  These are huge fish (up to several hundred
pounds) that like to hangout in the kelp forests and we found them in 35-80
feet of water off the boat dive.  The boat is perfect for divers. Lots of
room and the crew is very helpful. It leaves at 10 and is back by 3 (2
tank) and the crew knew exactly where to go.

The town of Avalon is very small, one can go just about anywhere on foot
even with dive gear.  

Overall, we all thought it was one of our best (cold water) dive vacations
ever.
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