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Palos Verdes Offshore Reefs & Avalon wreck-Magician Dive Boat-August 11, 2018-(Experienced OW divers and above)

bottom dwelling fish on channel islands dive adventures scuba trip around San Nicholas IslandThe Palos Verdes coastline has many excellent offshore reefs, good for sightseeing, photography and hunting and in fact photographers should really enjoy this trip because there is much more on the offshore reefs here then some of the islands plus we are also planning to visit the wreck of the Avalon.

Join Channel Islands Dive Adventures aboard the Magician for a single day trip to dive the Palos Verdes area and the wreck of the Avalon on Saturday, August 11, 2018.  The plan is to board at 6:00 am Saturday and depart at 7:00 am or after 8:00 pm Friday evening with us getting back about 5:00 pm.

The Palos Verdes coastline has some underwater arches, excellent reefs both shallow and deep with lots of structure and plenty of kelp with much to see and the wreck of the Avalon is just as good.

avalon shipwreckThe Avalon is a triple-deck, twin-screw passenger carrying ship which sunk on July 18, 1960 and now sits at 70’ deep about a mile off shore. Now the Avalon is more of a debris field with typical visibility around 15’, but at times it can get 30’-40’. Both wreck sites are better for close-up photography and sightseeing.

This trip is best suited for Experienced OW divers and above that have experience in cold water conditions including; current, swell and possible limited visibility. Most importantly, good buoyancy control is needed and surface signal tubes are always recommended.

Trip Details

  • Where: Palos Verdes offshore reefs & the Avalon wreck
  • Depart from: 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro
  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Time: boarding at 6:00 am or after 8:00 pm Friday and departing at 7:00 am
  • Cost:$125.00 includes, 3 dives, lunch, snacks & air
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The Magician dive boat has been a favorite of SoCal divers for years and Channel Islands Dive Adventures is pleased that we now have added it to our lineup of boats we charter for our dive trips.

magician dive boatThe Magician had been owned and operated by Captain Jerry Lewis for many years creating a good following for the boat and now with the new owner/operator Captain Carl Mayhugh it only seems to get better. Captain Carl is not new to the SoCal area nor to dive boats plus he knows the weather patterns and how to make customers happy.

Captain Carl Mayhugh began working in the dive industry as Second Captain of the Horizon in San Diego until he took the opportunity to take over as Captain and Operations Manager at Lois Ann Dive Charters, and remained there until he bought his own dive boat. Carl holds a USCG 100GT Master License.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Oceans Foundation and was in charge of the Wreck Alley Mooring Project for 3 years.

See dolphins on Channel Islands Dive Adventures whale watching tripCarl worked for NOAA as a field biologist and was a Marine Mammal Observer for the NOAA ORCAWALE Marine Mammal Survey plus he had the opportunity to teach college level marine biology and marine field ecology at Prescott College’s research station in Bahia Kino, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez.

See Whales on Channel Islands Dive Adventures whale watching tripHe has worked as a Whale Watching Captain in Dana Point and the Long Beach area. He has a degree in Marine Conservation Biology, a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Studies, and a Certificate in Ornithology. He is an AAUS Scientific Diver, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, and a member of the NOAA Large Whale Disentanglement Team for OC/LA.

The Magician is a 65’ USCG rated vessel that is certified to carry up to 44 passengers or 28 divers and has bunks to accommodate up to 22 passengers. CIDA will have a maximum of 24 guests for our single day trips. The have a full galley with them serving meals, snacks and drinks on all trips including their whale watching trips. Even though CIDA will not be doing any multi-day trips on the Magician they do have a nautical range of 1,000+ miles with them cruising at 10 knots.

They have new engines (Tier III), an air-conditioned bunk room, hot shower, clean restrooms, dedicated camera table, freshwater rinse tank and all USCG safety equipment including AED and 02.

For those nitrox divers they have a Nuvair membrane system with fills costing $10.00 or $7.50 with fill card. Their specialty is Catalina, Oil Rigs, Farnsworth and of course whale watching and marine mammal viewing.

Channel Islands Dive Adventures has just added the Magician to our 2017 schedule using it for trips to the Oil Rigs & Farnsworth which we think it will work exceptionally well for. For trips on the Magician you will need to bring all your own gear and 1 tank. If you need gear rentals you can arrange in advanced with through your local dive shop.

The Magician is located at the 22nd Street landing where several other dive boats are docked and is the first boat you will see to the left side of the dock as you go down the main ramp. Their address is 141 W 22nd Street, San Pedro, CA

*There is no spearfishing allowed on the Magician

To sign up and pay for the trip or if you have any questions, please contact Ken at

info@channelislandsdiveadventures.com or call (805) 469-7288