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Spectacular Santa Barbara Island-Peace Dive Boat-Sept. 15 & 16, 2017-(Experienced OW divers and above)

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 Peace for a trip to Santa Barbara Island on Fri./Sat., Sept. 15 & 16, 2017.

reefs at santa barbara islandsThe plan is to board between 8:00-12:00 pm Thursday evening  and depart Friday morning at 2:00 am for a 2 day trip to do some excellent diving at Santa Barbara Island with us getting back on Saturday about 6:00 pm. This trip will be good for all divers, photographers, sightseers. Hunting is allowed but we will be in some MPA’s during the trip.

sealions at santa barbara islandsThere 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 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 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

Trip Details

  • Where: Santa Barbara Island
  • When: Fri./Sat., Sept. 15 & 16, 2017
  • Time: Board between 8:00-12:00 pm Thursday evening  and depart Friday morning at 2:00 am
  • Cost: $365.00 includes, 8 dives + 1 night dive, meals, air and reserved bunk
  • Pay Onlineclick here to pay

Peace dive boatThe 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 divemasters 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.

Peace dive boatOn 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. 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.

Peace dive boat

For trips on the Peace you will need to bring all your own gear and 1 tank. Gear rentals are no longer available through the Peace. 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 there map and for more information please see the California Dive News Peace review.

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

contact Ken at or

                                            call (805) 469-7288