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Dive Review of Truth Aquatics/Extended Stay American - Calle Real in
The Continental USA/Channel Islands of California

August, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Richard J Lunsford Jr, KY, US
Reviewer   (5 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"Great Truth Aquatics Limited Load SoCal Trip!"
Report Number 9025
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire (> 150 dives), Key Largo (20 dives), Jupiter, Fl (10 dives),
Belize via live-aboard (26 dives), Caymans via live-aboard (25 dives),
North Carolina (9 dives), several on Caribbean cruise stops.
Closest Airport
Getting There
Flew from Nashville (BNA) to
L.A. (LAX) to Santa Barbara
Airport (SBA), which is in
Goletta ~ 15 miles from the

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
54   to 67    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nothing much. You're treated like an adult. Solo is okay. Nobody checks
your max. depth, remaining gas pressure, whether you had deco., etc...  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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Camera table space present; could be bigger. There's a rinse tank reserved
for cameras  ...
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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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Did an Aug. 16 - 20'th 5-day Southern Channel Islands limited load
live-aboard trip on the Truth Aquatic's boat Vision. Loved it. Excellent
value trip; rented tank & weights and bought nitrox via SEA Landing
Dive Center, by where the boat docks. Got in 24 dives total, temp.s ranged
from ~ 54 - 67 degrees, viz. from ~ 30 - 50 feet, current usually quite
mild. Saw a range of topography (e.g.: kelp forest, lush bottom vegetation,
bare rocky areas with clefts) and animals (e.g.: couple of sea lions, 2
harbor seals, 2 gian ...
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By Richard J Lunsford Jr in KY, US at Aug 27, 2016 21:52 EST  
Minor clarification: I stayed at the Extended Stay America hotel one night
at the end of the trip, to allow time to pass before flying. It was okay.
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