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SoCal diving in June

Discussion in 'SoCal' started by DougieG, May 31, 2021.

  1. wonderand

    wonderand Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Can confirm, just did my 2nd OW class weekend on the Magician the weekend before last and the above is all true. Our class of 6 was the only class though, most of the other passengers were certified divers with and without buddies. Lots of kelp and we did see sea lions on our trip (we were at Lulu's), though they kept to themselves.
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  2. Kensei

    Kensei Master Fin Sharpener ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Palos Verdes, CA
    @MaxBottomtime We saw this at Redondo last night. Do you know what it is? 6"-8" long and 4" wide.

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  3. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    Tritonia tetraquetra. I found one at Marineland several years ago, but haven't seen any south of the northern Channel Islands since. Nice find.
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  4. Kensei

    Kensei Master Fin Sharpener ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Palos Verdes, CA
    Thanks! From what I've read, they are much more prevalent to the far north of us.
  5. DougieG

    DougieG Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Wisconsin
    Success! I was able to book passage on the Catalina Express on June 18th. My plan is to take the 11:00 am Ferry from Long Beach which will arrive at Avalon around 12:00 pm, grab some lunch in Avalon, then guided shore dive at 2:00 pm with Catalina Divers Supply, then catch the 5:45 pm ferry back to Long beach.

    Does this sound reasonable? Any suggestions for restaurants or other things we should see during our short time in Avalon?

    Thanks everyone for helping me plan this.

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  6. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Glad to hear it! Be sure to book your guided dive ASAP if you haven't already and let them know about the rental gear you'll need.

    It's about a 3/4 mile walk from where the boat drops you off to the Casino building where the dive park is, and you'll pass lots of restaurants on the way. You could just scan the menus and see what looks good to you. For ambiance/view you can't beat the waterfront patio at Bluewater, about halfway through your walk; they serve mostly fish if you're into that. Be warned, everything on the island is crazy expensive.

    You won't have much time after your dive for other activities. Probably just enough to hit up Lloyd's candy and ice cream shop, and then sit on the beach and enjoy the waning afternoon sun, maybe browse the shops for souvenirs.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for sea lion and giant sea bass sightings for you!
  7. SoCalRich

    SoCalRich Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Inland So CAlif.
    Boat Dive... Breakfast, lunch, 3 dives . And an Ocean cruise.
    Bring a camera Lots to see above and below the surface.

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