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Dive Review of Great Escape in
The Continental USA/California

Great Escape, May, 2013,

by Mary K Wicksten, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 6999.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Comfortable dive boat,lots of room. They also do overnight trips, have bunks in staterooms but don't expect "mint on the pillow" accommodations. Galley had chow available between each dive. Each diver had his/her own personal mug for the trip. On deck showers and heads nearby, camera buckets, ample dive benches and storage area, bait well for fish from spearfishing. No nitrox aboard but plenty to do and see above 60 feet. Dive crew very helpful for those of us encumbered by thick dive suits and heavy weights. Gave dive briefing at each site but you are on your own once below. They get back in time to return rental gear that day. I'd be happy to dive with them again.
Websites Great Escape   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, New Guinea, Fiji, Hawaii, Galapagos Islands, western Mexico, western Canada, Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, caverns of Florida and Yucatan, Bonaire, Honduras, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 57-64°F / 14-18°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 10-20 Ft/ 3-6 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Keep camera buckets for cameras only, make a 3-minute safety stop at 15 feet recommended.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Diving in kelp bed. Some interesting small stuff on "Gibraltar" reef--morays, cleaner shrimp, small lobsters; fluorescent tube anemones on sand, Catalina gobies. If you're looking for more spectacular reef fauna or big fish, go elsewhere (Ship Rock, Farnsworth Bank, etc.) Sea lion and harbor seal checked us out. Good place to try out available light in kelp bed, very calm. Some silt in water--watch out for placement of strobe.
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