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San Miguel 2 day-Truth-June 27 & 28, 2015

P1010944San Miguel is one of those places that if you make it, it is a blessing and this trip we didn’t only make it there we were able to get some awesome diving in both days out. This trip was also a first for Channel Islands Dive Adventures because we were abroad the Truth for our first trip using it out of its home port in Santa Barbara. We have done many a trip on the Truth out of Long Beach when it has been moved there during the first half of the year but never out of Santa Barbara.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe weather was again on our side with calm seas, some sun and very little wind so on Saturday we headed to Wilsons Rock offshore from San Miguel for our first dive. Conditions topside was great but below the surface the water was green with about 15 feet of visibility. Not the best to stay for another dive so we headed around past the foul area to Adams Cove. What a difference a short move can sometimes make! We now had blue water and visibility up to about 40’ feet although the water was still running about 52 degrees it was still a great dive with lots of schooling fish taking cover in the kelp canopy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe then moved to Tyler Bight which is a large area with extensive large rock structure and lots of healthy kelp. We did 2 dives here with everyone finding what they were looking for-great photos, good hunting for lingcod and some awesome sightseeing. It had been a long time since I had been to Tyler Bight and now I can’t wait to go back because it is one of my new favorite sites. Things changed up a bit later Saturday to more the normal Miguel I know with the wind picking up so we anchored in a nice protected spot for dinner and the rest of the evening. No night dive due to the wind.

Sunday was lots more wind, less sun and more surge and more work getting back to the boat.

P1010942Still the diving was great with very little to no current, vis from 25′-40′, cool dive sites with lots to see, playful sealions, some more good hunting for a few of us and lots of excellent photo ops for many. It was a bit challenging for some but how else do you learn better skills without experiencing some of what Miguel is known for! We dived Wycofff Ledge and then 2 more at another area of Tyler Bight and then headed home for a bit of a bumpy ride. The plus side to the bumpy ride back was the whale & dolphin show we got.

P1010971All in all I would have to say it was another GREAT Channel Islands Dive Adventures trip meeting and making new friends. We have plenty more trips like this scheduled so please take a look at the CIDA dive schedule and come out diving with us!

By-Ken Kollwitz