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Dive Review of Explorer dive boat in
The Continental USA/channel islands

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by bill mashek, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 5812
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
west coast of USA, south-east Asia, Hawaii mexico (east and west coast)
throughout central america, northern south america to Ecuador. florida keys
and areas of the Caribbean, Greece and Malta
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
60   to 63    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
7
Water Visibility
20   to 30    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions all channel island boat dives are non-guided, dive your own
profile.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
N/A  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
  The islands are great for both macro and wide-angle photography and the
boats have camera rinse tanks.
There were 3 professional under water photographers on our trip.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The northern Channel islands chain off the coast of Southern California
includes from east to west Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel.
 Here the warmer waters from the southern Ca counter currents meet the
nutrient rich California current.  The resulting mix supports a bountiful
kelp forests, marine mammals, and endless varieties of fish, invertebrates
and plants. 
I love diving the channel islands.  For hunters, the channel islands are
renown for excellent spear fishing and lobster hunting.  The Peace Dive
boat has several charters per year, just for free diving and hunting. Truth
aquatics and Channel Island packers, offer hiking and kayaking trips the
islands.  

Since this was just a one day trip I chose the Spector dive boat.  Spector
is the best bargain for one day channel island diving.  3 dives, air and 
all meals including a barbecue chicken lunch for $95. 

The best way to experience the Channel Islands is on a live-aboard.  Truth
Aquatics and Peace Dive boat offer multi-day and "specialty"
trips.

Some of my favorite and most memorable diving has been in the California
Channel islands. However, California diving is not for everyone.  Sometimes
there are strong currents, visibility can range for 5 ft to 75+ ft.  It is
cold water (48-60+ degree F) You would have to arrange for and pay for your
own divemaster/guide.   
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