Channel Islands April **TBD**
The Conception is the 2nd to the Vision as the largest, fastest, and most spacious boat in Truth Aquatic’s liveaboard fleet. With numerous amenities and comforts, including a fresh water maker, spacious bunkroom, and increased fuel capacity, the Vision is ideal for long range or extended stay trips. From the Big Sur coastline to Cortez Banks, the Vision is prepared to embark on nearly any charter voyage you can dream of.
Catalina is known for its calmer, clearer, and warmer waters. Even though Catalina is the most populated dive site of any other Channel Island; it is still sought out by scuba divers around the globe. Lush kelp forest, garibaldi, yellowtail, kelp bass, white seabass, giant black sea bass, leopard sharks, blacksmiths, opaleyes and many more surround this island. Photography and sightseeing are the main activities but free divers enjoy the possibilities of spearing yellowtail and white seabass. Truth Aquatics makes this destination part of its itinerary on the southern islands liveaboard dive trips mostly during the summer months.
San Clemente Island
Diving conditions at San Clemente Island are known for the clearest, warmest waters of all eight Channel Islands. Located in the southern most region of California this island receives the warmest waters from the tropical currents from the south. Giant kelp beds, schools of fish, coral banks, and shear walls make this a diver’s paradise. Waters in the summer can reach over 70 degrees Fahrenheit and photographers flock to this island for some of the best wide angle photography available in California.
Santa Barbara Island
Santa Barbara Island is known for its large rookery where you can spend hours diving with sea lions. Photographers get more opportunities to photograph these animals up close here than any Channel Island. The playful, curious pups will pose and frolic in front of a diver’s lens as long as one can stay in the water.
The famous “Arch” is a dive to be remembered at Santa Barbara Island. The top of the reef just breaks the surface at low tide and the bottom of the arch lies in 40 FSW. One of the more unique underwater arches in the world it makes the perfect backdrop for photographers. In addition to the Arch, there are many offshore pinnacles that host shear walls and some of the largest clusters of purple hydrocoral found anywhere.
Lush kelp beds make this island a good location for spear fisherman. Calico bass, white sea bass, yellowtail, and an occasional tuna are among the types of game fish that can be found in the waters surrounding this island. As with all Channel Islands, lobster divers make this a prime destination during season.
Santa Barbara Island can be some of the best scuba diving found offshore but if conditions are rough there are not many areas to seek shelter. Because of its small size, ocean swells can wrap around the island, so planning a trip is weather dependent.
Refund Policy & Trip Insurance
Diver Dan’s recommends buying Trip Insurance in the event you are unable to go on this trip.
If you need to cancel this trip, the refund policy for this trip is:
1. If more than 60 days prior departure date: Full Refund.
2. If 60 days or less prior to departure date: NO REFUNDS.
3. If you drop less than 60 days prior to departure Diver Dan’s will attempt to help you sell your spot.