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Dive Review of Conception,Truth Aquatics/Truth Aquatics in
The Continental USA/Channel Islands

Conception,Truth Aquatics/Truth Aquatics: "Conception Liveaboard, Truth Aquatics", Nov, 2017,

by Eric Ohde, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 10005.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Great operation as I have been on this boat for several 3 and 4 day trips out to the Channel Islands. Always had a great experience on this boat. Good food, decent sleeping in your snug bunk below deck. The bunks are either single or doubles with a curtain to pull across for privacy. Good a/c and other than the rumble of the diesel motors it is cool and pretty comfortable.
There is a large dive deck, entry is typically giant stride off the side or you can go off the back if you need more help. Jerry the captain knows the waters very well and is a wealth of information. Diving can be chilly depending on where you go in the islands. Typically in summer water temps are high 50's to mid 60's. There is usually quite a bit of kelp and sometimes can be limited visibility. Also diving along the shorelines you tend to experience some surge as well. Lots to see usually though as the kelp and life is quite abundant in the marine protected areas.
Websites Conception,Truth Aquatics   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Ft. Bragg, Monterey, Channel Islands, Catalina, La Paz, Maui, Cozumel, Mahahua, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Belize.
Closest Airport Santa Barbara Getting There I have always driven, parking and loading on and off is easy. $3/day parking w/ validation

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 50-60°F / 10-16°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 25-80 Ft/ 8-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no divemasters in the water as you dive with your buddy after a quick oral briefing. The crew has a rescue diver suited up for all dives and do a good job of maintaining a diver count to make sure all are aboard and accounted for.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales > 2
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Photo only rinse tank and the crew will take your camera and lower it to you once you enter the water and take it from you as you come up after the dive. Not a dedicated camera table but you can work on it in the main galley after it is dry.
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