West Santa Cruz-Sept. 6, 2013
Trip review written by Ken Kollwitz
West Santa Cruz has some really good dive sites and I was looking forward to going out on this Friday trip for some hunting but the conditions just weren’t in our favor. It was windy and rough with a moderate swell which dropped the visibility to only about 10′-20′. Of course Captain Kevin and the crew did everything possible to make our day go as well as it could and we did get a chance to go into Painted Cave.
Painted Cave is the second longest and one of the deepest sea caves in the world and is large enough to pilot most any dive boat into it. It is located at the northwest side of Santa Cruz Island. There is no diving inside of Painted Cave as the walls are barren, but there is some good diving on the steep slopes along the side of the island and some good pinnacles and sea mounds on the way back.
The dive sites we visited where Ruby Rock, Del Mar Caves, Diablo and Fry’s. These are all very nice dive sites and of course much better when the conditions are in your favor. The visibility did get better as the day progressed and the water temp wasn’t bad. It was a full boat which surprised me for a Friday trip and several of us were going out the next day on the CIDA trip to the wrecks of the SM1 & the Gosford.
All in all it turned out to be another good day out!