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Reviews (2)

Cozumel

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We went to Cozumel for the first time last year, in June, which is the off season and a good time to go since prices are lower and the island is not as swamped with tourists. The diving was fantastic, with tremendous fish schools, interesting corals, and good conditions. This was one of the first tropical trips for me with my DSLR underwater camera setup, and while I did get some great shots, the typical "drift" diving in the area made for some tricky and sometimes altogether impossible macro shooting. Sometimes the current was simply too strong and you moving too fast to search for anything interesting, let alone stop and compose a shot. We typically did 2 dives a day, then a shore dive by ourselves - just renting tanks in front of our hotel - Villa Blanca - and entering from the pier right there. It was good to have that shore dive to work on technique by myself, without worrying about keeping up with a group. Rays and turtles, schools of silversides, needle fish and barracuda were seen right next to shore. A night dive was a highlight, and so nice that we actually switched a day dive the next day to do a second night dive. We saw tons of octopus, and the bio luminescent plankton was really amazing. Weather top side was a little blah - 80's, party sunny, and a little rainy, but it didn't effect the diving. All in all, a great destination for a tropical dive fix without the larger price tag of flights and accommodations at more remote pacific locations.

Visited on 06/2013 - Submitted on 07/30/2014
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Cal Boat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat

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We've gone on the Spectre 3 times now to the Channel Islands, off Ventura in southern California. It has always been an amazing experience, and a great value. 4 dives, with breakfast, lunch, snacks and dessert, air fills, is $125. You can also sleep on the boat - they have about 20 bunks- so not only are you ready to go at 7am, but also can save on hotels. We usually drive down from San Francisco the night before, and crash on the boat. The crew is great, and food is amazing. They have Weber grills strapped to the side of the boat and grill up tri-tip steak, chicken, or veggie burgers for lunch. This is not a concierge boat- and no staff enter the water with you- they expect you be a competent diver or bring your own DM. Dives are usually 25-50 feet. It is a larger boat, and 35 divers a trip is not uncommon. They also have a hot tub, and two hot showers on the deck, so post dive you can warm up! It is a family run business, and feels that way- which I like. The only reason I gave the guides 3 stars is because they aren't really "guides" in that they don't dive with you. Otherwise, the boat staff is stellar.

The Channel Islands is some of the best diving in CA, with lots of great critters, majestic kelp, and fish. Every trip we've also stopped to play with the resident sea lion colony, which is absolutely amazing. Imagine 20 sea lions swimming within feet of you and blowing bubbles in your face!

Visited on 03/2013 - Submitted on 02/04/2014

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