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Dive Review of Spectre/Cal Boat Diving in
The Continental USA/California

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Greg Swager, NM, USA
Report Number 165
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Anacapa Island & Santa Crux Island
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
62   to 68    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 35    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Most dives are shallow.  Maximum depth I ever dove was 64'.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Primary choice is sea kelps & amount of sunlight entering through the

California sea lion was the highlight- look up close & hide-n-seek.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Website: [ link].

Best spotlight of dive- playing with California sea lion.

Spectre is one-day dive (3 in weekdays & 4 on weekends).  For those who
do multi-days dive, spend the night in bunk is welcome and free!

Weather- cloudy and cool breeze.

Sea kelps, lobsters, urchins, varities of starfishes, galbraldi, California
sea lion, horn shark, sea grass, turban snails, varities of school fish
(one of species is being studied by university with purple stick near the
fin), scallops, anemone, elegant eolid, CA sea hare, rockfish, goby, sea
bass, sting rays, etc.

Boat has charcoal grill for lunch.  It's the best lunch that divers really

Recommend to explore harbor village for overnighters.  Parking is ample due
to early am departure (7 to 8 am).

Dive center has rental gears and equipment is ready on boat for rentees. No
pick-up or drop-off rental gears.

Bad- gallery seats are few- about 20-25 out of max of 40 divers on boat. 
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