Diving the coast can be way BETTER then the islands and CIDA is the only dive operator that schedules coastal trips like this so don’t miss out! Channel Islands Dive Adventures has a charter on the Peace for a trip down the coast of Ventura to some excellent offshore reefs along the coast on Sunday, October 29, 2017.
The Neptune’s/County Line & beyond area is about 20 miles south of the Ventura Harbor (15 from Channel Islands Harbor) with the main dive sites ½-1 mile offshore and some deeper sites extending further out. Another name for the Deep Hole area is the “depot” because it was created using concrete rubble from an old railroad depot.
This area is large and very dramatic and is comprised of large boulders, small rock piles, rock walls, rocky reefs and pinnacles. There are deeper sites (70′-80′) such as Sea Fans and Sweet Spot and there is a shallower (40’-60’) spot called “The Ring” with its rocky reef and kelp forest that can rival any spot on the islands on a good day along with an awesome site very close to the ring called “Towers”. The main dive area has depths ranging from 40’-100’ but there are some other unexplored areas out towards 150′ and beyond!
The plan is to board at 6:00 am Sunday morning (or after 8:00 pm on Saturday night) and depart at 7:00 am for a nice ride down the coast for 3 dives with us getting back to the dock about 5:00 pm. All dives will be at sites good for bug diving approx. 40’-75’ deep. Visibility often can be 20’- 50’. These should be some great dives for the hunter, photographer and sightseer.
*For this trip we will have Zac Araneta from Samys Camera aboard to give one on one help with photo tips and questions.
Zac is a PADI Master Instructor and PADI Elite Instructor. He has been diving for over 20 years, certifying thousands, and has over a year of bottom time from various sites around the world. Zac works at Samy’s Camera in Culver City as an underwater specialist while teaching Scuba during weekends. He shoots to grow his passion for photography and to protect the environment. Zac started his interest in photography when he was asked to complete a project in grade school to make a pin-hole camera box. He took pictures, developed them in the classroom and shortly thereafter borrowed his first film camera from one of his friend’s fathers. Soon afterwards his interest in photography quickly grew into a passion and now shoots sports and underwater photography.
This trip is best suited for Experienced OW divers and above and a great choice for divers wanting to sharpen their diving skills for more advanced trips. The dive sites visited have something for everyone. Dive sites are to be determined by “BEST CONDITIONS” based on water visibility, tides, current, surge, swell and wind. Good buoyancy control and surface signal tubes are always recommended
- Where: Coastal Offshore Reefs
- When: Sunday, October 29, 2017
- Time: Board at 6:00 am (or after 8:00 pm on Saturday night) with the Peace departing at 7:00 am, the approx. time back to the dock is 5:00 pm.
- Cost: $145.00 includes, 3 dives, meals, drinks, air & reserved bunk
- Pay Online–click here to pay
The Peace is widely known as a first class dive boat ideal for single and multi-day trips to the Channel Islands and beyond. The Captain and crew are all dive-masters and DAN oxygen providers. The safety of the passengers is of utmost importance to them and at the same time they are happy to get you to the best possible dive sites that they can.
The Peace is 65’x22’ and has single and double bunks that sleep 32. All bunks have privacy curtains, lights, pillows and blankets. There are 2 heads with showers along with an outdoor fresh water shower. There is also a clothes dryer if needed.
On the dive deck there is plenty of room for everyone along with a sundeck, live game well for all the hunters, 12’ inflatable chase boat, two 18CFM compressors for air and nitrox and the world famous hot tub. The Peace can fill to 3500psi and for nitrox (additional charge) they are equipped with a DNAx membrane system setup for 32% fills. With the membrane system there is no need for O2 clean tanks.
Inside there is a large galley with a TV and VCR player along with an area for cameras with lots of 110 volt outlets for your charging needs and this is also where all the delicious meals are cooked and served. Meals for a typical day will include a starter breakfast of oatmeal, toast, bagels, fruit, cereal, juice and more. You then can make your first dive and afterwards have a full hot breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes and more. For lunch there is always a big spread with a theme like Italian, Mexican or something else. Save room, because later in the day there is still a homemade desert usually along with ice cream. If you’re on a multi-day trip, then there is still a big dinner along with more deserts. Just make sure you dive as much as possible to burn off all the food. For drinks there is a soda machine, ice and there is always water available. If you feel inclined to bring your own alcoholic drinks, that is also OK, just please bring your own cooler and ice to store them in.
All trips on the Peace include food, snacks, drinks & air.
For trips on the Peace you will need to bring all your own gear and 1 tank. If you need gear rentals you can arrange in advanced with the Spectre or your local dive shop.
The Peace is in the Ventura Harbor and is located next to Island Packers at 1691 Spinnaker Dr. G – Dock. For directions, please see their map and for more information please see the California Dive News Peace review.
To sign up and pay for the trip or if you have any questions, please contact Ken at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (805) 469-7288