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

Catalina Diver's Supply, Aug, 2009,

by Don Jennings, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 5001.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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