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  • 10% Military Discounts

    10% Military Discounts

  • SoCal Single & Mutli-day trips

    SoCal Single & Mutli-day Trips

  • Come join the Adventure

    Come join the Adventure

  • Warm & Cold Water Vacation Trips

    Warm & Cold Water Vacation Trips

  • All level divers (and non-divers) welcome

    All Level Divers (and non-divers) Welcome

  • Trips are Scooter, Rebreather & Doubles Friendly

    Trips are Scooter, Rebreather & Doubles Friendly

  • Photography, Sightseers, Hunters & Free Divers Welcome

    Photography, Sightseers, Hunters & Free Divers Welcome

  • Special prices for club sponsors

    Special Prices for Club Sponsors

  • Dive accident & travel insurance provider

    Dive Accident & Travel Insurance Provider

  • Adventure Vacation Trips

    Adventure Vacation Trips

  • Wreck Trips

    Wreck Trips

Mission Statement

Channel Islands Dive Adventures mission is to offer well organized dive trips to unique and interesting destinations with a dive/travel guide present, to help foster new friendships with other like minded divers and above all to promote safe and fun diving. read more.

October Happenings

Hi Divers,

October is here along with the start of fall, awesome diving and lobster season. This is when bug fever starts and usually lasts about a month or so. Once most of the bug divers get their fill on diving for bugs things get back to normal. One BIG thing to remember is even though we here at CIDA have trips geared towards bug diving it doesn’t mean you have to be a bug diver. Just think, lobster’s like to live in nice reefs that can be great diving for everyone!

With that said some our best weather for diving is October through January and this is also the time of year when CIDA offers some of our favorite trips like diving the offshore coastal reefs and the Palos Verdes area along with some coastal wrecks. These areas are great year round but the best diving conditions can be found between the months of October through January. With all the excellent diving reports lately you wonder how it can get any better and the answer to that is it can. Get out diving and see for yourself!

CIDA has lots to offer for all skill levels from single day or multi-day trips to vacation trips. We don’t do any teaching of classes but we do try our best to instill safety and fun with like-minded divers and that is probably why more and more people are finding out how much fun CIDA trips are. The other big benefit we have is having EXCELLENT & FRIENDLY dive hosts on all our trips. You won’t find us acting like the dive police but you may see us trying our best to help out anyone who might need it!

Our trips are for all level divers and types of diving you may want to do such as photography, hunting, freediving or just plain old sightseeing and the best place to start is to look at the CIDA dive calendar and then call us if you have any questions or just use our simple online sales to sign-up for a trip.

As always Channel Islands Dive Adventures is “Striving for Different Diving”

Keep Diving, Ken Kollwitz
Channel Islands Dive Adventures


Upcoming CIDA SoCal Dive Trips 

Oct. 10th6th Annual Bug Fest-Asante out of Ports O Call, San Pedro

Oct. 11th6th Annual Bug Fest-Asante out of Ports O Call, San Pedro

Oct. 18thCoastal Deep Hole-Explorer out of Ventura Harbor

Oct. 24West Santa Cruz-Truth out of Santa Barbara

Nov. 7Wrecks of the SM1 & Gosford-Truth out of Santa Barbara

Nov 14th & 15thCoastal offshore reefs-Peace out of Ventura Harbor

Check here for our entire-SoCal Dive Trips & Dive Vacations Schedule


Weather-button217  is a great site for all your weather forecasts and here at CIDA we use it all the time but it can be wrong! Its always good to watch the weather before a trip but sometimes we forget weather can vary from place to place and because of that here is an excellent article on “Weather and Diving”.


black sea bassHow many Giant Sea Bass are there in Southern California? You can help year round!

Giant sea bass (AKA Black Sea Bass), Stereolepis gigas, were almost fished out nearly 50 years ago in Southern California. While they are now starting to make a comeback, there is no good information on how many of them there are.  Join in on this important part of a joint research project between researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara and California State University, Northridge to learn more about Giant Sea Bass populations. You can help by reporting the Giant Black Sea Bass you have seen or not seen while out diving in SoCal and your data input will help the researchers. To help click here.


 Channel Islands Dive Adventures is the proud recipient of the 2013 Divers Alert Network “Rising Star” award-Thank you DAN!


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The CIDA Difference

The CIDA Difference

In the past 7 years Channel Islands Dive Adventures has come a long way by offering much more then just open boat dive trips. We believe in safety, fun, adventure and helping out the local SoCal dive community and we also believe if you haven’t tried us out yet you are really missing out on some of the best dive trips around. We have some excellent trip leaders on all trips, instill safety, go to cool dive sites, offer free use of Dive Trackers, run awesome warm & cold water trips and much more. Please check out the whole CIDA Difference here.

Join DAN or DiveAssure today!

Join DAN or DiveAssure today!

If your a diver and don’t have dive accident or travel insurance, don’t kid yourself thinking nothing is ever going to happen. The one time something does happen (and hopefully it never will) will be when you are going to really hope you have it, especially if you do multiple dive trips in a year!

Either DAN or DiveAssure both offer plenty of choices depending on your needs and type of diving you like to do.

Get all the info needed to sign-up for DAN or DiveAssure here!

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Upcoming Vacation Trips


Belize Aggressor liveaboard-October 17-24, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACome join us for a trip diving one of the BEST Caribbean places-Belize, aboard the Belize Aggressor. Diving in Belize is top notch and comes in as one of the best choices in reader polls. Belize is a wall diver’s paradise and with a week on the Belize Aggressor it just doesn't get any better!

Roatan-Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort-February 6-13, 2016

roatanThis will be Channel Islands Dive Adventures second time back to Roatan and this time we will be trying out a new place that has excellent reviews. Located on Roatan’s Northeast shore, Turquoise Bay is the only dive resort in this lush and remote area of the island providing you with the opportunity to dive uncrowded, pristine dive sites. The resort is set on a hillside with spectacular ocean views and a protected bay which makes the water calm and perfect for swimming and kayaking. Beach lovers will enjoy their private, tranquil, 500 ft white-sand beach or sit by the pool with a nice ice cold drink, either way it will be an excellent place to spend the Valentines week-so bring your sweetheart and celebrate together!

Nautilus Explorer-Sea of Cortez/Socorro Combo Expeditions-June 12-22, 2016

Manta credit Tanya G_ Burnett_800This is one of those bucket list trips that you will enjoy for many years afterwards from all the memories you will go home with! This will be a 10-night combo trip that combines diving at Socorro with the best of the Sea of Cortez during bait ball season. While in the Socorro Islands you will meet the giant Pacific mantas which are the largest of the rays and believed to be the most majestic creatures in the ocean.  At Socorro, these giants choose to interact with divers! They come in very close – less than 3 feet! – make eye contact with you and then swim along beside you – totally on their terms. Shark sightings are also very good at Socorro Island with common sightings of silky, Galapagos, hammerhead, white tip and silver tip sharks and when not at Socorro we will be diving the Sea of Cortez which has a well-earned reputation as the "Aquarium of the World".

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