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Farnsworth Bank & West Catalina-Magician Dive Boat-Nov. 24, 2019-(Advanced divers and above)

Join Channel Islands Dive Adventures on a trip 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 its 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

  • Depart from: 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro
  • When: Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019
  • Time: Board at 5:00 am Sunday or after 8:00 pm Saturday and depart at 6:00 am with us getting back about 7:00 pm.
  • Cost: $156.00 includes, 3 dives, food, drinks & air

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.

purple hydrocoral at farnsworth bank

The Boat

The Magician had been owned and operated by Captain Jerry Lewis for many years creating a good following for the boat and now with the new owner/operator Captain Carl Mayhugh it only seems to get better. Captain Carl is not new to the SoCal area nor to dive boats plus he knows the weather patterns and 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