Adventure Trip-Magician-Palawan & Avalon Wrecks and the Radio Tower-July 27, 2019 (Experienced Advanced Deep divers and above)

Join CIDA on our “Adventure Trip” diving the Palawan & Avalon Wrecks along with the Radio Tower off Palos Verdes. Channel Islands Dive Adventures is the only place you will find a trip like this. The trip is on the Magician on Saturday, July 27, 2019. There aren’t many chances for a line up like this so don’t miss out!

Looking for some info on the wrecks? Please see this link on the Southern Wrecks

tech gearThis year we decided to put more ADVENTURE back into some of the Channel Islands Dive Adventures trips with some of our trips now called “Adventure Trips”. These trips will all be limited load doing wrecks, man-made structures and deeper reefs along with some possible exploration as well. Planned depths for these trips are in the 70′-120′ range and on some of the sites we might split the group into 2 dropping both groups about 15 minutes avalon-wreck-palos-verdesapart. These trips are PERFECT for the Experienced Advanced Deep diver or above getting tired of the same old thing and wanting more. Rebreathers, doubles and scooters are welcome and PLEASE no extended dive times past 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.

On this trip we will have Guest Photographer Zac Araneta joining us to give free tips and suggestions for those who ask. 

zac aranetaZac is a PADI Master Instructor and PADI Elite Instructor. He has been diving for over 20 years, certifying thousands, and has over a year of bottom time from various sites around the world. Zac works at Samy’s Camera in Culver City as an underwater specialist while teaching Scuba during weekends. He shoots to grow his passion for photography and to protect the environment. Zac started his interest in photography when he was asked to complete a project in grade school to make a pin-hole camera box.  He took pictures, developed them in the classroom and shortly thereafter borrowed his first film camera from one of his friend’s fathers. Soon afterwards his interest in photography quickly grew into a passion and now shoots sports and underwater photography.

This trip is best suited for Experienced Advanced Deep divers and above that have experience in cold water conditions including possible current, swell, limited visibility and deep water. The wrecks, man-made structures and deeper reefs visited on our “Adventure Trips” are unique and interesting and inherently have more hazards and may not necessarily have the best dive conditions. Most importantly, good buoyancy control is needed and surface signal tubes are always recommended.

Trip Details

  • Where: Palawan & Avalon Wrecks plus Tower’s
  • Depart from: 22nd Street Landing, San Pedro
  • When: Saturday, July 27, 2019
  • Time: boarding at 6:00 am or after 8:00 pm Friday and departing at 7:00 am and back by 5:00 pm.
  • Cost: $170.00 includes, 3 dives, lunch, snacks & air –Limited Load of 18 divers
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The Magician dive boat has been a favorite of SoCal divers for years and Channel Islands Dive Adventures is pleased that we now have added it to our lineup of boats we charter for our dive trips.

magician dive boatThe 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.

Captain Carl Mayhugh began working in the dive industry as Second Captain of the Horizon in San Diego until he took the opportunity to take over as Captain and Operations Manager at Lois Ann Dive Charters, and remained there until he bought his own dive boat. Carl holds a USCG 100GT Master License.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Oceans Foundation and was in charge of the Wreck Alley Mooring Project for 3 years.

See dolphins on Channel Islands Dive Adventures whale watching tripCarl worked for NOAA as a field biologist and was a Marine Mammal Observer for the NOAA ORCAWALE Marine Mammal Survey plus he had the opportunity to teach college level marine biology and marine field ecology at Prescott College’s research station in Bahia Kino, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez.

See Whales on Channel Islands Dive Adventures whale watching tripHe has worked as a Whale Watching Captain in Dana Point and the Long Beach area. He has a degree in Marine Conservation Biology, a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Studies, and a Certificate in Ornithology. He is an AAUS Scientific Diver, a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, and a member of the NOAA Large Whale Disentanglement Team for OC/LA.

The Magician is a 65’ USCG rated vessel that is certified to carry up to 44 passengers or 28 divers and has bunks to accommodate up to 22 passengers. CIDA will have a maximum of 24 guests for our single day trips. The have a full galley with them serving meals, snacks and drinks on all trips including their whale watching trips. Even though CIDA will not be doing any multi-day trips on the Magician they do have a nautical range of 1,000+ miles with them cruising at 10 knots.

They have new engines (Tier III), an air-conditioned bunk room, hot shower, clean restrooms, dedicated camera table, freshwater rinse tank and all USCG safety equipment including AED and 02.

For those nitrox divers they have a Nuvair membrane system with fills costing $10.00 or $7.50 with fill card. Their specialty is Catalina, Oil Rigs, Farnsworth and of course whale watching and marine mammal viewing.

Channel Islands Dive Adventures has just added the Magician to our 2017 schedule using it for trips to the Oil Rigs & Farnsworth which we think it will work exceptionally well for. For trips on the Magician you will need to bring all your own gear and 1 tank. If you need gear rentals you can arrange in advanced with through your local dive shop.

The Magician is located at the 22nd Street landing where several other dive boats are docked and is the first boat you will see to the left side of the dock as you go down the main ramp. Their address is 141 W 22nd Street, San Pedro, CA

*There is no spearfishing allowed on the Magician

To sign up and pay for the trip or if you have any questions, please contact Ken at

info@channelislandsdiveadventures.com or call (805) 469-7288