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Some of the best SoCal Diving-San Miguel & Santa Rosa Islands-Truth Dive Boat-September 8 & 9, 2017-SoCal Shootout-(Advanced divers and above)

nudibranch at San Miguel island

Some of the best diving in southern California is at San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands and both have many excellent dive sites for us to explore. Join Channel Islands Dive Adventures aboard the Truth for a 2 day trip during the SoCal Shootout on Friday/Saturday Sept. 8 & 9, 2017.

fish at santa rosa islandThe plan is to board between 8:00-midnight Thursday, Sept. 7th with the Truth departing at 4:00 am. Depending on weather we will try and get to the best dive sites possible starting at San Miguel Island and working our way to Santa Rosa.

brittle star at santa rosa islandSan Miguel is the farthest north of the Channel Islands and because of this the diving can be awesome.  San Miguel is home to many excellent sites and with very little diving pressure the dives can be spectacular for the photographer, hunter and sightseer. Two fantastic sites are Wilson’s Rock which is two miles off the northwest side of San Miguel and Richardson’s Rock which is eight miles northwest of San Miguel. On rare occasions when you can make it to either of these sites you are in for a treat. San Miguel is host to many great dive sites like, Wyckoff Ledge, Skyscraper, Castle Rock, Prince Island and more.

Santa Rosa has some great dive sites such as Bee Rock, East End Pinnacles, Ford Point, Carrington Point and more. Santa Rosa Sheephead waiting for a handoutIsland is also where the SS Chickasaw, a former WW II auxiliary transport ship ran aground in 1962 at Cluster Point.  Because of the weather around the northern islands, Santa Rosa is where you may end up if going to San Miguel and you will not be sorry that you did. Both San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands also have their  Marine Protected Areas (MPA) where it is strictly look and don’t touch.

*For this trip we will have Zac Araneta aboard from Samy’s Camera 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 specifically catered to the Advanced divers and above that has good buoyancy skills and experience in cold water conditions including possible; current, swell, kelp, limited visibility and deeper depths. A surface signal tube is highly recommended.

Trip Details

  • Where: San Miguel Island/Santa Rosa-SoCal Shootout
  • Depart from: Santa Barbara, Sea Landing
  • When: Friday/Saturday Sept. 8 & 9, 2017
  • Time: Board the Truth between 8:00-midnight Thursday, Sept. 7th with the Truth departing at 4:00 am and back to dock about 6:00 pm on Saturday
  • Cost:*$365.00 includes 8 dives + 1 night dive, meals, air and reserved bunks
  • Pay onlineclick here to pay

truth dive boatThe Truth is the original Truth Aquatics boat, and thanks to regular updates and maintenance it remains a world-class liveaboard diving and excursion vessel. It is an ideal entry level boat for smaller charters and groups of friends. The versatile Truth is equally at home running to San Miguel for spear fishing excursions as it is spending lazy days with kayakers at Painted Cave, doing photo trips to the rigs  down south as well as some specialty trips diving wrecks such as the ones Channel Islands Dive Adventures plans to do aboard the Truth.

The Truth was built in Venice, California and launched in 1974. She is 65′x 22′ and with a cruising speed of 10 knots andtruth dive boat 550 nautical mile range she is ready to go anywhere in SoCal. She is powered by two Detroit diesels and has two generators to supply everyone with plenty of power. The Truth was built for comfort and has a large galley fully ready to make meals for the hearty divers that like to call her home on dive trips to the Channel Islands and beyond. There is also a BBQ for cooking tri tip and chicken for mutli-day trips and a good sized sundeck built above the galley. There are also 2 heads and 3 showers (1 on deck, 2 below deck) and a 1050 gallon fresh water capacity.

The dive deck is spacious and has seating for you and your gear as well as room for some of the bags underneath the bench seats and there is always room along the sides for more bags. The Stern Compartment is used for a drying room for wetsuits, game freezing and it is where the clothes dryer is. If you are a hunter there is also live game wells  built in the transom for game storage. truth dive boatFor filling tanks there are 2 Ingersoll-Rand  air compressors aboard capable of filling to 3500 P.S.I. and a nitrox membrane system for 32% nitrox fills. For safety they have a full first aid kit, O2 bottles, Auto Defibrillator, Certified Crew and a 16 foot Caribe chase boat with 40 HP Honda 4-stroke outboard.

For the bunk room there is  room  for 45 people maximum consisting of 12 double bunks and 20 single bunks. See bunk room layout here. Each bunk has pillows, blankets, curtains, and reading lights and there is also a dressing room located in the bunk room. The bunks are a good size with plenty of headroom to make you feel more at home rather than being squashed into a small space. If you would like to be even more comfy a sleeping bag is always recommended.

The Truth is based out of the Sea Landing in Santa Barbara with the Vision and Conception

  • Gear Rentals: If you need gear rentals you have 2 choices-get them through the Truth Aquatics Sea landing or get them through your local dive shop.
  • Fishing License: Unless you arrive during normal business hours, you will need to ensure you have a valid CA fishing license that covers the duration of our trip, Ocean Enhancement, and if you plan on taking Lobster, a Lobster Report Card. These items will not be available on board.
  • Parking at the Sea landing in Santa Barbara: There is plenty of parking close to the Truth. It is a paid parking area so you must get your ticket validated in the Sea Landing office before leaving so you can leave with paying only a very minimal fee.

Directions to the Truth in Santa Barbara-

The Truth is based in Santa Barbara at the Sea landing. The address is 301 West Cabrillo Boulevard • Santa Barbara, CA 93101 • (805) 962-1127. Check here for directions.

Any trip on the Truth is always fun and Channel Islands Dive Adventures has several single day trips chartered on the Truth. Please check the Channel Islands Dive Adventures schedule and come join us on our next dive adventure aboard the Truth!

*Please see the California Dive News Truth dive boat review here.

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

info@channelislandsdiveadventures.com or call 805 469-7288