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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.

May Happenings

Hi Divers,

May is upon us and it looks like all the wind and weather we have had is ready to leave so we can finally get some good diving in-it is about time!

Our calendar for the rest of 2016 is quite full with trips about every other week. We have an EXCELLENT line-up of trips this year and whether you are a photographer, hunter, freediver, sightseer, beginner or an instructor we have a trip that should work for you. Check out the CIDA SoCal Dive Calendar to plan some trips and then call us if you have any questions or just use our simple online sales to sign-up for a trip.

If you haven’t yet been on a CIDA trip then it is time to see for yourself the CIDA difference! Want to save some BIG BUCKS on some trips then check out our Multi Mania special. We also offer military and special club discounts. We have plenty of upcoming multi-day trips with a special 3 day aboard the Conception over the Memorial weekend which we call California Gold.

Looking for a dive vacation trip? If so, please consider one of the trips we have. For 2016 we still have 1 spot on our trip to the Sea of Cortez/Socorro and our trip to Cuba & the Gardens of the Queens on December 29, 2016- January 7, 2017 is sold out. We also have trips to places like Raj Ampat, British Columbia and the Sea of Cortez in 2017 and more in 2018. Please check out our Dive Vacations page for all the details.

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

Keep Diving, Ken Kollwitz
Channel Islands Dive Adventures


Upcoming CIDA SoCal Dive Trips 

May 14thSanta Rosa-Truth out of Santa Barbara

May 22ndFarnsworth– Asante out of San Pedro

May 28th to May 30thMemorial Weekend, California Gold-Conception out of Santa Barbara

June 11thWest Santa Cruz-Peace out of Ventura Harbor

June 24th-26thBig Sur-Vision out of Morro Bay

July 2nd & 3rdMiguel/Rosa-Truth out of Santa Barbara

CIDA SoCal Dive Trips

CIDA Dive Vacations

See our NEW Multi Mania Special below


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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Join DAN or DiveAssure today!

Join DAN or DiveAssure today!

If you’re 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!

Chamber Eve

Chamber Eve

Channel Islands Dive Adventures is happy to be added to the Chamber eve festivities this year (our 1st) by sponsoring 2 tables. We REALLY hope you join us for a fun filled evening on May 4, 2016 for a night to support the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. CIDA will also include $20.00 in raffle tickets to each one purchased through our online booking system as our way of saying “Thank You”!
Please sign-up at this link to reserve your tickets.


CIDA Difference

CIDA Difference

What is the CIDA Difference? We like to think it is why more and more divers are going back on CIDA trips. Why? Because we have excellent trip hosts on all trips that are there to help out, be your buddy if needed, help repair things to keep you diving, make sure you are having the best time you can and above all else we care about you! We have Dive Trackers to use on all trips and we give back to the dive community with donations to events and discounts on trips. If you haven’t tried us out yet why wait!

3 day to California Gold aboard the Conception

3 day to California Gold aboard the Conception

What better place for a 3 day trip over Memorial Day weekend then the outer Channel Islands & maybe some wrecks. This trip will be aboard the Conception on May 28-30, 2016 (Sat./Sun.).  With so much diversity at the outer islands this trip will have something for everyone and that is why we call it California Gold. If you haven’t been on a 3 day trip you REALLY are missing out on lots of FUN with relaxed diving to places you may not ever get to on a single day trip. Check the details here.

2 day Photo Workshop with Michael Zeigler and Todd Winner

2 day Photo Workshop with Michael Zeigler and Todd Winner

Our 2 day photo workshop with Michael Zeigler and Todd Winner to the northern Channel Islands will be aboard the Conception on Saturday/Sunday, April 30 & May 1, 2016.  Todd Winner and Michael Zeigler have over 30 years of combined diving and underwater image-making experience and whether you’re just starting your journey in underwater imagery or a seasoned shooter, they will help you take your craft to the next level. Check the details here.

CIDA Special Deal on all our multi-day trips with Multi Mania

CIDA Special Deal on all our multi-day trips with Multi Mania

CIDA has lots of multi-day trips planned and to get more people to see the benefit of going on a multi-day trip we have a NEW SPECIAL good till August 31, 2016. Book any CIDA multi-day trip and get a “Special Coupon Code” in the confirmation email that will be good for 10%  off the next multi-day trip you book with us. It’s reusable till August 31, 2016 and can be used for trips past August 31, 2016 as long as the trip is paid for before August 31, 2016. Check the CIDA Multi-day trip schedule here and be on your way to some fun times with CIDA!

Upcoming Vacation Trips


Cuba land & liveaboard-December 29, 2016 – January 7, 2017

The best of Cuba with 3 days in Havana and 7 days diving the Gardens of the Queen aboard the Jardine Aggressor. Some say it is the best diving in all the Caribbean! During the trip will visit with Cuban scientists and marine experts about ocean conservation. This is an educational trip with the Oceans for Youth Foundation. 10 day land & liveaboard excursion starting at $4885.00  

Raj Ampat-February 18-28, 2017

SweetLip2011Raja Ampat is a place where the swift nutrient-rich currents let the marine life thrive from the sea floor to the surface. Exotic sea life and macro critters abound and photo opportunities can be overwhelming and by the end of the trip you will have memories to last a lifetime! 10 days aboard the MV Ambai starting at $3795.00

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