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Location: Channel Islands (United States (west))
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Top Dive Sites (make sure you dive these!)
1 Santa Cruz Island With 3 votes(s).
2 Landing cove With 2 votes(s).
3 Portuguese Rock With 1 votes(s).
4 The Arch, San Clemente With 1 votes(s).
5 San Miguel Island With 1 votes(s).
6 Blue Banks With 1 votes(s).
7 Underwater Island With 1 votes(s).
8 Anacapa Island With 1 votes(s).

Marine Sightings:

Based on data from your reviews for Channel Islands. we know the following about the marine life you can expect to see.
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Reef Fish Sightings: Pelagic Fish Sightings: Quality of Coral:

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Reviews:

Here are the last 10 reviews for Channel Islands. Show all of them.
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Visited Comments
November 2007 I spent 3 days aboard the Conception out of Santa Barbara over Thanksgiving Weekend. Our goal was San Miguel Island, but as often happens, severe weather limited out trip to Santa Cruz Island. We hit some very pretty sites with kelp beds and 40+ ft. vis. The captain drove the boat into Painted Cave, the largest sea cave in the world. I'm getting some great pictures with my new camera, Nikon D80, and the crew was very respectful and helpful with my expensive equipment.
Date posted: 01-Dec-2007 16:28 by: Sushi
October 2007 I went out on the Raptor from Ventura Dive & Sport for the first time. I was plesantly surprised by the quality of the crew. The boat could get crowded if it was packed to it's limit with divers. The current and surge were ripping this weekend, which made many usual dive spots unaccessable. It had just rained a couple of days before and has caused pea soup green water and now a Red Tide. Vis was down to less than 20 ft. Any day diving is better than not diving at all! I still had fun.
Date posted: 20-Oct-2007 16:48 by: Sushi
July 2007 This was my first time we made it out San Miguel Isl. I see now why it can be very hit or miss when going there. High winds will keep any but the hardiest of divers out of the water. Good to see so many black abalone on the come back. Now I want to see more down south before they reopen for hunting.
Date posted: 28-Jul-2007 01:34 by: Sushi
June 2007 We went out with Truth Aquatics out of Santa Barbara for a two day liveaboard. Little dissappointed that we didn't make it to San Miguel Isl. but weather dictates. The vis wasn't the best, but it was still good enough to capture some great pistures of my favorite nudibranchs and other macro images. The Truth crew was fantastic!
Date posted: 27-Jun-2007 16:45 by: Sushi
November 2006 We went on the Conception out of Santa Barbara. Truth Aquatics really knows how to take care of their customers. Diving for the day was on Santa Cruz because of the weather on the more northern islands was poor. Blue Banks offered a wonderful opportunity for video and still photography. Kelp forrests were in pristine condition.
Date posted: 03-Dec-2006 18:39 by: Sushi
June 2006 Aboard the Spectre this month. That hot tub is a post dive gift from God. Portuguese Rock had the best vis (25ft max) on a bad day. There were so many new and different nudibranches and steadfast Garibaldi I want to dive this spot over and over again!
Date posted: 07-Jul-2006 04:19 by: Sushi
April 2006 Recent rains brought current, low viz, 10-15ft, and cold water, 52-53degF to Anacapa Isl., but the crew aboard the Explorer was wonderful at finding the best sites in the worst conditions. Lots of colorful urchins and nudibranchs.
Date posted: 04-Apr-2006 18:08 by: Sushi
August 2005 We saw our 2nd Giant Black Sea Bass, 4 ft, kelp was georgous, but the sea lions didn't want to play with us;-(
Date posted: 09-Aug-2005 17:35 by: Sushi
May 2005 Kelp was huge
Date posted: 17-Jul-2005 02:32 by: Carlos
June 2005 We saw our first Giant Black Sea Bass, 6 feet long, at a site called The Channels at the north tip of Anacapa Island.
Date posted: 03-Jul-2005 06:39 by: Sushi


Wreck Dives:

Here are the wreck dives we know of for Channel Islands.
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Grumman Guardian
The Guardian sits upright on the bottom in 60 feet of water. The landing gear is retracted, the plane is intact except for the propeller, which lies 75 feet away in the sand, its blades bent backwards. The radome is buried in the sand and in unknown condition. The plane faces an easterly direction and is in very good condition with many features easily recognizable. The rudder and ailerons have broken away and there are metal electronics boxes visible in the aft cockpit. The starboard wing is off the bottom approximately 4 feet at the tip and the port wing lies in the sand.
18m / 59ft
19m / 62ft
Accidental sinking: 30-Mar-1954 Wreck penetration not possible Technical or decompression diving. More info...


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Basking Shark
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Bat Ray
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Bottlenose Dolphin
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California Sea Lion
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Common Dolphin
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Giant Octopus
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Gray Whale
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Great White Shark
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Green Sea Turtle
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Harbour Seal
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Hawksbill Sea Turtle
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Humpback Whale
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Leatherback Sea Turtle
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Leopard Shark
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Longspine Porcupine Fish
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Manta Ray
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Orca (Killer Whale)
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Pacific Barracuda
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Pacific Seahorse
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Pilot Whale
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Sea Otter
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Sixgill Shark
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