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Dive Review of Catalina Divers in
The Continental USA/Catalina Island, Avalon

Catalina Divers, Feb, 2006,

by Jerry Jensen, OR, USA . Report 2278.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Catalina Divers has their main dive shop on the town pier with another tank fill and rental at the casino area. We went out on their boat, a 46 ft Newton for a 3 tank trip. This is a very fast boat, good easy to use exit ladders and they supplied a good lunch. The diving was the best I've ever experienced on Catalina. This crew knew where to drop anchor, these were 3 excellent dive locations. Everyone from the people at the shop to the boat crew were extremely friendly and helpful. We also dove the next day with Scuba Luv on their boat the King Neptune. I don't think this boat was designed for divers. It is an old sport fishing boat with little room to move around while suiting up. The boat is very slow compared with Catalina Divers Scuba Cat resulting in getting back very late. Also the exit was onto a custom built swim platform about 6 inches in the water. Very difficult with a drysuit. I was worried that the jagged edges would rip the suit. The crew were friendly and tried but they just didn't know where to take us. The dive locations were in the sand or mud with directions pointing to some kelp a long swim away. Of the two operations, Catalina Divers and Scuba Luv, Catalina Divers was by far the superior. Again, the King Neptune was ok but not nearly as good at the Catalina Divers Scuba Cat.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Belize, Bonaire, Cozumel, Truk, Washington State
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 60-63°F / 16-17°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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