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Dive Review of Spectre/Cal Boat Diving in
The Continental USA/California

Spectre/Cal Boat Diving, Aug, 2002,

by Greg Swager, NM, USA . Report 165.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Website: [ link].

Best spotlight of dive- playing with California sea lion.

Spectre is one-day dive (3 in weekdays & 4 on weekends). For those who do multi-days dive, spend the night in bunk is welcome and free!

Weather- cloudy and cool breeze.

Sea kelps, lobsters, urchins, varities of starfishes, galbraldi, California sea lion, horn shark, sea grass, turban snails, varities of school fish (one of species is being studied by university with purple stick near the fin), scallops, anemone, elegant eolid, CA sea hare, rockfish, goby, sea bass, sting rays, etc.

Boat has charcoal grill for lunch. It's the best lunch that divers really enjoyed!

Recommend to explore harbor village for overnighters. Parking is ample due to early am departure (7 to 8 am).

Dive center has rental gears and equipment is ready on boat for rentees. No pick-up or drop-off rental gears.

Bad- gallery seats are few- about 20-25 out of max of 40 divers on boat.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Anacapa Island & Santa Crux Island
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas surge
Water Temp 62-68°F / 17-20°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 20-35 Ft/ 6-11 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Most dives are shallow. Maximum depth I ever dove was 64'.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Primary choice is sea kelps & amount of sunlight entering through the water.

California sea lion was the highlight- look up close & hide-n-seek.
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