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Explore Santa Cruz Island Diving the Backside-Peace Dive Boat-March 25, 2017-(OW divers and above)

The backside of Santa Cruz Island is full of excellent dive sites with healthy kelp forests. Some are  walls or steep slopes against the island, and others are reefs and all have something cool to explore so come join Channel Islands Dive Adventures aboard the Peace with our friends at PCH Scuba for a trip for a trip to the backside of Santa Cruz on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

spanish shawl at santa cruz islandThe plan is to board at 5:00 am Saturday morning (or after 8:00 pm Friday night) and depart at 6:00 am for a trip to some great diving on the backside of Santa Cruz doing 4 dives with us getting back to the dock about 6:00 pm. This will be an excellent chance to get the last of your bug diving fix in with only 2 weeks left of bug season. All dives will be at sites that will also be good for bug  photographers and sightseer.

kelp at santa cruz island

Some of the Santa Cruz island dive spots are around the Anchorages such as; Albert’s, Willows and Laguna Harbor. Then there is Bowen Point and dive spots up against the island, like walls or steep slopes. Most of these spots have healthy kelp forests, and can be good for hunting, photo or sightseeing. The depths range from 20’-80’ and visibility from 20’-60’.

*This trip could also be good for free divers because we are going to do our best to stay out of MPA’s.

This trip is best suited for OW divers and above that have experience in cold water conditions possibly including some current, swell, kelp and  possible limited visibility. 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: Backside Santa Cruz Island
  • When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
  • Time: Board at 5:00 am (or after 8:00 pm on Friday night) with the Peace departing at 6:00 am, the approx. time back to the dock is 6:00 pm.
  • Cost: $150.00 includes, 4 dives, food, snacks, drinks & air and reserved bunk
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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.

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.

Peace dive boatInside 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. 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