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Dive Review of see below in
The Continental USA/California

see below, Aug, 2004,

by Fiona Rattay, Ont, Canada . Report 1833.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 59 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions back with 500#, recreational depths
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I dived with Catalina Scuba Luv on the King Neptune. I tacked on a few days at the end of a business trip, and arrived with my own drysuit and equipment but no dive buddy. The good people at Scuba Luv set me up with a fine pair of buddies, a father-son team who had dived Catalina plenty of times and acted as good tour guides. The rest of the diving group on the King Neptune were EMTs getting their Open Water Certification for work. Between the well-maintained boat, clear dive briefings, helpful crew, the herd of EMT's and my tour guide dive buddies I've never felt safer on a dive boat! We did a three-tank day, diving Red Rock Quarry, Bird Rock and Toqua Springs. Since my previous dive trip was to Vancouver Island, with water a good 10 degrees colder, Catalina seemed toasty warm! The kelp forest and all her attendent denizens were enchanting. At the end of the day, I surfaced to a full moon over the water just behind the dive boat. The perfice end to a great day of diving.
The next few days I shore dived Casino Point with Catalina Divers Supply. This was an easy and relaxing series of dives; you just walk down the steps and you're in. Of course, if the tide is out when you come back, be prepared for an ungainly slither over the rocks at the foot of the steps. Lots of Garibaldi, Sheepshead and other lovelies among the kelp towers.
I met up with the same dive buddies for these dives; it would not have been difficult to find others to dive with as a single diver.
I'd have no hesitiation returning to dive with either operation.
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