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Dive Review of Truth Aquatics in
The Continental USA

Truth Aquatics: "Diving unchartered areas of Big Sur Coast Rugged yet exception Diving", Jul, 2015,

by bill mashek, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8286 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Truth Aquatics are an exceptional dive outfit with years of experience diving the southern and northern Channel Islands. They only recently started diving the Big Sur Coast in the last couple of years but have done many trips and know the area well.
I am a volunteer with Reefcheck California. We chartered the Vision for three days to survey the MPAs along the Big Sur coastline from Point Sur to Cambria. Because of previous lack of accessibility, none of these Marine Protected Areas had been surveyed for Algae, fish and invertebrates.
We found extremely healthy and diverse fish populations, more variety of fish than I have seen anywhere in California as well as dense areas of kelp, which is dying though out the California Coastline.
Good: Vision is a great diveboat with an excellent crew. Visibility was superb for California 50+ ft in areas
Possible Cons: Extremely windy in areas, strong currents, If it was possible, I would like to see a a Fall excursion when the sea is calmer.
Note: Truth Aquatics livaboards are designed and built for serious divers. They are not luxury liners and would not recommend for "resort" type divers. You sleep in a personal bunk, dormitory style.
Websites Truth Aquatics   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Africa, Asia, Caribbean, North America, Central and South America Mediterranean
My favorite diving is California both northern and southern CA
Closest Airport Santa Barbara, Monterey Getting There Put in is Morro Bay Ca

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 46-51°F / 8-11°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions be safe, come back with air in your tank
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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 Large rinse tanks for photographers and tables
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