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

Truth Aquatics/Extended Stay American - Calle Real: "Great Truth Aquatics Limited Load SoCal Trip!", Aug, 2016,

by Richard J Lunsford Jr, KY, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9025 has 1 Helpful vote.

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 SBX Getting There Flew from Nashville (BNA) to L.A. (LAX) to Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), which is in Goletta ~ 15 miles from the boats.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 54 to 67 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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...
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Camera table space present; could be bigger. There's a rinse tank reserved for cameras ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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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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