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Dive Review of Catalina Island Diver's Supply in
The Continental USA/Catalina Island, California

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA
Report Number 71
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Papua New Guinea, Cozumel, British Columbia, Little Cayman.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
60   to 70    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    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
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This was a dive trip to a very well known location, Catalina Island. I just
returned from Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea, so I expected to experience
the dives around Catalina Island to be alot less fun, being jaded from just
visiting a location with mind bending diving. However, I found the diving
suprisingly very enjoyable, in fact, I think I had just as much fun in
Catalina as I did in PNG, maybe because my expectations were lower. The
divemaster, Ron, was probably the best and most helpful, as well as the
most competent divemaster I've yet seen. The water was calm and bright, we
visited a variety of divesites, including Ripper's Cove, the Quarry,
Italian Gardens, Little Italian Gardens, and the Avalon Underwater Park.
Swimming through healthy and thick kelp forests among schools of fish with
sunlight filtering through the kelp was truly relaxing and scenic. Critters
seen included schools of surface smelt, schools of medium sized fish  of
several varieties, an approximately 2 meter giant sea bass, sea hare
nudibranchs about two feet long, spiny lobsters, moray eels, sculpins,
spotted scorpionfish, ubiquitous juvenile and adult garibaldis, as well as
a tiny spetacular flouescent red and purple goby which was found seemingly
everywhere and which I had not noticed in previous dives in California. The
underwater gardens, apart from the kelp seemed healthy and abundant. My
overall feeling about the diving is that this area is probably underrated,
inasmuch as it is local and easily reached. A great place, and a great
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