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Spectacular Santa Barbara Island-Truth Dive Boat-April 8-9, 2017-(Experienced OW divers and above)

nudibranch at santa barbara island

There are many excellent dive sites around Santa Barbara Island and add in the good visibility and usually warmer water and you have some spectacular diving. Join Channel Islands Dive Adventures aboard the Truth for a 2 day trip to Santa Barbara Island on Saturday/Sunday April 8 & 9, 2017.  Any multi-day trip to Santa Barbara Island is an awesome adventure especially if you can get to some of the cool offshore pinnacles and reefs.

fish at santa barbara islandThe plan is to board between 8:00-midnight Friday, April 7th with the Truth departing at 1:00 am. Depending on weather we will try and get to the best dive sites possible.

brittle star at santa barbara islandThere are many excellent dive sites around Santa Barbara Island and the main reason most divers like to go there is because of the seals and sea lions at the Rookery, off the island’s southeast side. They can be fun to watch spinning and twirling just like acrobats. They will also swim at you and then turn at the last possible moment as they blow bubbles at you. Santa Barbara Island also has some very beautiful reefs lush with kelp and underwater arches. Some of the really good sites are Sea Lion Wall, Sutil Island, Shag Rock , Websters point plus many more. There is much to see and do for the photographer, sightseer and hunter so why not come out and join us!

*For this trip we will have Todd Winner aboard from Immersed Imaging to give one on one help with photo tips and questions. 

Todd Winner has been diving and photographing marine life since 1990. His work has appeared in commercials, books and private collections.   Todd is a regular contributor to Sport Diver and Scuba Diving magazines and has won over 60 international underwater photography competitions. Recently, Todd co-founded Immersed Imaging with friend and fellow photographer, Michael Zeigler. He is a member of the Ocean Artists Society, which uses art to raise awareness in protecting our oceans.

This trip is specifically catered to Experienced OW divers and above that have 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: Santa Barbara Island
  • Depart from: Santa Barbara, Sea Landing
  • When: Saturday/Sunday, April 8 & 9, 2017
  • Time: Board the Truth between 8:00-midnight Friday, April 7th with the Truth departing at 1:00 am and back to dock about 6:00 pm.
  • Cost:*$365.00 includes 8 dives + 1 night dive, meals, air and reserved bunks
  • Pay online-click here to pay

peace 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 andpeace 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. peace 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