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Dive Review of Pacific Star in
The Continental USA/SoCal Coastal

Pacific Star: "Catalina and San Clemente", Jun, 2015,

by Robert Halem, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports). Report 8263.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Perfect weather for a three day island trip. Left Friday night and began diving Saturday morning. Five dives were available Saturday and Sunday with three more on Monday morning. Bunks were tight. Reasonable space on the dive deck since this was booked as a light load trip. One of the two compressors failed so fills were a little slow. Ran out of O2 Sunday morning but borrowed some from another dive boat so Nitrox was only missing on one or two of the Sunday dives. Ran out of fresh water on Monday morning so no showers after the last dives. Food was available constantly, either meals or healthy snack (fresh fruit and veggies as well as chips and dips). Food quality was better than a college dorm, but not by much. Crew was always available but could have been more helpful with little things, like assisting in removing fins when returning to the boat.
Websites Pacific Star   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Monterey, Florida, French Polynesia, Caribbean
Closest Airport LAX Getting There Rent a car or a long taxi ride

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 59-62°F / 15-17°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Limit of 120 feet while diving the oil rigs. No other restrictions.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera tanks on deck with a camera work bench in the bunk area. Lots of sockets for charging, but with today's divers, there weren't enough when you include cameras, strobes, cell phones, Kindles, and computers that all need charging. We had several scooters on the trip that also needed charging sockets.
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