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The Continental USA/California

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Fiona Rattay, Ont, Canada
Report Number 1833
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
59   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
back with 500#, recreational depths  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
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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