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Dive Review of The Giant Stride/N/A in
The Continental USA/Los Angeles and Catalina

The Giant Stride/N/A: "“Nobody Travels to California for the Diving,” but They Should", Sep, 2021,

by Mark Kimmey, NY, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 11669 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Apparently, the California dive industry believes that tourist divers, i.e., those from outside the state, are rarely seen in its waters. But divers SHOULD consider this destination, and not just because getting to overseas destinations is difficult at the moment. Granted, waters are colder and the dive industry caters toward local divers (more about that in a minute), but there are opportunities here that are scarce elsewhere. Among them are beautiful kelp beds, brilliantly festooned oil rigs, sea lions galore, and nutrient-rich waters that encourage a lot of ocean life, especially nudibranchs and marine mammals.

Eleven years after our last visit to southern California on a liveaboard, we chartered The Giant Stride for five stra ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving New York, Hawaii, California, Kwajalein, Florida, Grenada, Bonaire, Caymans, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Mexico, Australia, Sea of Cortez, St. Vincent, Indonesia
Closest Airport Los Angeles International (LAX) Getting There Alternative, John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 50-62°F / 10-17°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 10-30 Ft/ 3-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments A central table on the dive deck can support large cameras, and a fresh water camera tank is provided. The ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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