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Dive Review of Catalina Scuba Luv in
The Continental USA/Catalina Island

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Kwas, PA, USA
Report Number 92
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
New Jersey, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
59   to 66    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Booked a 5 day trip thru Tina at Catalina ScubaLuv.  Flew Philly to Lax,
took Super Shuttle Van to Long Beach peir and picked up Catalina Express
ferry. (Could have flown into Long Beach if airline/fares allowed).  Did
check out dive at Casino Point (shore dive).  Dove The King Neptune(3
tanks/no guide) for 3 out of the 4 days and Prince Neptune(2 tanks with
guide) for one day.  Captain Bob and Jamie were a fun team on the King
Neptune, very helpful.  Jamie briefed us on the sites and even came in on
one dive to find some giant sea bass (which he did). Our day on the Prince
Neptune was as equally enjoyable with a very enthusiastic crew and
divemaster, Vicky.  We ran into a pod of Dolphins travelling to a site and
they slowed down so we could watch them swim with the boat. The crew seemed
as thrilled as we were. The most thrilling, however is the Kepl Forests! 
Words cannot describe the feeling.  It is like flying through a majestic
forest.  Sun beams through kelp is incredible. Purple and green algea
covered rock formations provide the ancor for kelp and a haven for anenome,
urhcin, eels and octopus.  Saw several bat rays, horn sharks and a
beautiful leopard shark. For anyone looking for something as beautiful yet
different than tropical reefs this is it!  But, the water is much colder.
Expected 68 to 70 degrees, but it was more like 59 to 66 with and average
of 66.  It was particularly cloudy, which is rare for Southern California. 
Very little current. We stayed at Atwater Hotel. No air, phone in room or
elevator (3 floors).  Room was very small but clean. No real rinse
facilites, but they do have a secure room to store your dive gear.   Scuba
Luv can also store gear.  They were very helpful.

Catalina Scuba Luv: 1-800-262-Dive,
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