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Dive Review of Catalina Divers in
The Continental USA/Catalina Island, Avalon

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry Jensen, OR, USA
Report Number 2278
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Bonaire, Cozumel, Truk, Washington State
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
60   to 63    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Catalina Divers has their main dive shop on the town pier with another tank
fill and rental at the casino area.  We went out on their boat, a 46 ft
Newton for a 3 tank trip. This is a very fast boat, good easy to use exit
ladders and they supplied a good lunch. The diving was the best I've ever
experienced on Catalina.  This crew knew where to drop anchor, these were 3
excellent dive locations. Everyone from the people at the shop to the boat
crew were extremely friendly and helpful.  We also dove the next day with
Scuba Luv on their boat the King Neptune. I don't think this boat was
designed for divers.  It is an old sport fishing boat with little room to
move around while suiting up.  The boat is very slow compared with Catalina
Divers Scuba Cat resulting in getting back very late.  Also the exit was
onto a custom built swim platform about 6 inches in the water.  Very
difficult with a drysuit.  I was worried that the jagged edges would rip
the suit.  The crew were friendly and tried but they just didn't know where
to take us.  The dive locations were in the sand or mud with directions
pointing to some kelp a long swim away. Of the two operations, Catalina
Divers and Scuba Luv, Catalina Divers was by far the superior.  Again, the
King Neptune was ok but not nearly as good at the Catalina Divers Scuba
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