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Raptor Deep Hole trip 10-11-09

On Sunday, October 11th Channel Islands Dive Adventures had our 1st trip to Deep Hole aborad the Raptor and it was awesome. Deep Hole is a very large area about 20 miles south of Ventura Harbor and is made up of large piles of rocks to large boulders with lots of fish (big ones), sea fans, kelp, bugs, small critters and more. The area goes from shallow to deep.
Anyway’s on our trip we had 16 divers and a non diver (my wife). We left at 7:15 and with the Raptor traveling at 18 knots we were there at about 8:30-8:45 and it was a very smooth ride. The seas where about 1′-2′ ft with overcast skies for all most all day. The sun tried to peak out for a short time , but decided to go back behind the clouds. Our 1st dive was at about 65′ ft and the vis was an outstanding 40+ ft. This dive was very nice, I got 2 bugs and there was lots of schooling fish going through the kelp forrest. At one point I looked to the side and a Bat ray was cruising through the water, couldn’t get it much better.
The 2nd and 3rd dive was more of the same thing with short moves between the dives and working our way a bit shallower. After the 3rd dive I had 2 firends come and visit in thier kayaks, they were diving from another boat close by. The total take of lobsters was approx. 25 for the group and some fish were speared too.
Afterwards it was time to head back to the dock with us getting back about 2:30. I had never been on the Raptor before and it worked out great. It was nice we had 3 excellent dives and were back with plenty of time to still clean the dive gear, what a day! See the pictures from the trip.

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