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Farnsworth Bank & West Catalina-Magician Dive Boat-Jan. 18, July 25 & Sept. 20, 2020-(Advanced divers and above)

Join Channel Islands Dive Adventures on one of our trips to Farnsworth Bank & West Catalina aboard the Magician Dive Boat

Farnsworth Bank and West Catalina are some of the best diving Catalina Island has to offer. Farnsworth  is a large offshore seamount known for it’s beautiful purple hydrocoral. West Catalina has some fantastic dive sites with LOT’S of kelp, rocky terrain making and excellent visibility making this a day not to miss!

purple hydrocoral and sea fans at farnsworth bank

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Trip Details

  • Where: Farnsworth & West Catalina
  • Depart from: 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro
  • When:Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 OR Saturday, July 25, 2020 OR Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020
  • Time: Board at 5:00 am the day of the trip or between 8:00-9:45 pm the night before, depart at 6:00 am with us getting back about 7:00 pm.
  • The Magician can only accommodate 13 divers in the bunks for overnight sleeping.  To sleep on the boat the night before there will be an extra cost to cover the cost for the nightwatch person which is approx. $20.00 per person. Ken at CIDA will contact everyone about this before the trip.
  • Cost: $180.00 includes, 3 dives, food, drinks & air Limited to 20 divers
  • New Boat Rules: Please read before signing up for the trip
  • ALL TRIPS are weather dependent

This trip is best suited for 

Advanced divers and above that have experience in cold water conditions including; current, swell, possible limited visibility and deep water. Most importantly, good buoyancy control is needed and surface signal tubes are always recommended.

Trip Highlights

Farnsworth off Catalina Island is an ecological reserve where purple hydrocoral is protected. The only hunting allowed is for pelagic fish. The shallowest area is about 55′-60′ deep and most of the dive is like a wall dive. There are many crevices with some having moray eels in them and LOT’S of fish and kelp. The top area is large with much to explore. See video on Farnsworth Banks

Along with Farnsworth, the West end of Catalina and the backside of Catalina has some excellent dive sites and with all the kelp that is growing at them you just can’t go wrong. Some possible sites we will visit are Cape Cortez, Eagles Nest, Wild West and more.


The Boat

The Magician dive boat has been a favorite of SoCal divers for years and has an excellent following. It is owned and operated by Captain Carl Mayhugh. Carl has continually improved the boat after buying the Magician in 2016. He and the crew does an excellent job and they know how to make customers happy!

There is no spearfishing allowed on the Magician. Read more about the Magician HERE.

magician dive boat


If you have any questions, please contact Ken at or call (805) 469-7288