Some of the best diving in southern California is at San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands and both have many excellent dive sites for us to explore. Join Channel Islands Dive Adventures aboard the Truth for a 2 day trip on Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 15 & 16, 2018.
The plan is to board between 8:00-midnight Friday, Sept. 14th with the Truth departing at 4:00 am. Depending on weather we will try and get to the best dive sites possible starting at San Miguel Island and working our way to Santa Rosa if possible.
San Miguel Island is the farthest north of the Channel Islands and because of this the diving can be awesome. San Miguel is home to many excellent sites and with very little diving pressure the dives can be spectacular for the photographer, hunter and sightseer. Two fantastic sites are Wilson’s Rock which is two miles off the northwest side of San Miguel and Richardson’s Rock which is eight miles northwest of San Miguel. On rare occasions when you can make it to either of these sites you are in for a treat. San Miguel is host to many great dive sites like, Wyckoff Ledge, Skyscraper, Castle Rock, Prince Island and more.
Santa Rosa Island has some great dive sites such as Bee Rock, East End Pinnacles, Ford Point, Carrington Point and more. Santa Rosa Island is also where the SS Chickasaw, a former WW II auxiliary transport ship ran aground in 1962 at Cluster Point. Because of the weather around the northern islands, Santa Rosa is where you may end up if going to San Miguel and you will not be sorry that you did. Both San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands also have their Marine Protected Areas (MPA) where it is strictly look and don’t touch.
For this trip we will have Michael Zeigler aboard for anyone who would like FREE photo & video help along with tips and to answer any questions you might have.
Since creating his first underwater image in 2009, Michael has been captivated by the unique challenges that underwater photographers face. He has had the opportunity and privilege to work with some of the best publishing editors from around the world, has become a member of the Ocean Artists Society, and has co-founded the company Immersed Imaging with his good friend, Todd Winner. Teaching is a passion of Michael’s, and he thoroughly enjoys helping his fellow photographers take their imaging skills to the next level.
This trip is specifically catered to the Advanced divers and above that has good buoyancy skills and experience in cold water conditions including possible; current, swell, kelp, limited visibility and deeper depths. A surface signal tube is highly recommended.
- Where: San Miguel Island/Santa Rosa-SoCal Shootout
- Depart from: Santa Barbara, Sea Landing
- When: Saturday/Sunday Sept. 15 & 16, 2018
- Time: Board the Truth between 8:00-midnight Friday, Sept. 14th with the Truth departing at 4:00 am and back to dock about 6:00 pm on Saturday
- Cost:*$375.00 includes 8 dives + 1 night dive, meals, air and reserved bunks
- Pay online–click here to pay
The Truth is the original Truth Aquatics boat, and thanks to regular updates and maintenance it remains a world-class liveaboard diving and excursion vessel. It is an ideal entry level boat for smaller charters and groups of friends. The versatile Truth is equally at home running to San Miguel for spear fishing excursions as it is spending lazy days with kayakers at Painted Cave, doing photo trips to the rigs down south as well as some specialty trips diving wrecks such as the ones Channel Islands Dive Adventures plans to do aboard the Truth.
The Truth was built in Venice, California and launched in 1974. She is 65’x 22′ and with a cruising speed of 10 knots and 550 nautical mile range she is ready to go anywhere in SoCal. She is powered by two Detroit diesels and has two generators to supply everyone with plenty of power. The Truth was built for comfort and has a large galley fully ready to make meals for the hearty divers that like to call her home on dive trips to the Channel Islands and beyond. There is also a BBQ for cooking tri tip and chicken for multi-day trips and a good sized sundeck built above the galley. There are also 2 heads and 3 showers (1 on deck, 2 below deck) and a 1050 gallon fresh water capacity.
The dive deck is spacious and has seating for you and your gear as well as room for some of the bags underneath the bench seats and there is always room along the sides for more bags. The Stern Compartment is used for a drying room for wetsuits, game freezing and it is where the clothes dryer is. If you are a hunter there is also live game wells built in the transom for game storage. For filling tanks there are 2 Ingersoll-Rand air compressors aboard capable of filling to 3500 P.S.I. and no nitrox. For safety they have a full first aid kit, O2 bottles, Auto Defibrillator, Certified Crew and a 16-foot Caribe chase boat with 40 HP Honda 4-stroke outboard.
For the bunk room there is room for 45 people maximum consisting of 12 double bunks and 20 single bunks. See bunk room layout here. Each bunk has pillows, blankets, curtains, and reading lights and there is also a dressing room located in the bunk room. The bunks are a good size with plenty of headroom to make you feel more at home rather than being squashed into a small space. If you would like to be even more comfy a sleeping bag is always recommended.
The Truth is based out of the Sea Landing in Santa Barbara with the Vision and Conception
- Gear Rentals: If you need gear rentals you have 2 choices-contact the Truth Aquatics Sea landing or get them through your local dive shop.
- Fishing License: Unless you arrive during normal business hours, you will need to ensure you have a valid CA fishing license that covers the duration of our trip, Ocean Enhancement, and if you plan on taking Lobster, a Lobster Report Card. These items will not be available on board.
- Parking at the Sea landing in Santa Barbara: There is plenty of parking close to the Truth. It is a paid parking area so you must get your ticket validated in the Sea Landing office before leaving so you can leave with paying only a very minimal fee.
Directions to the Truth in Santa Barbara-
The address is 301 West Cabrillo Boulevard • Santa Barbara, CA 93101 • (805) 962-1127. Check here for directions.
Any trip on the Truth is always fun and Channel Islands Dive Adventures has several single day trips chartered on the Truth. Please check the Channel Islands Dive Adventures boat schedule and come join us on our next dive adventure aboard the Truth!
To sign up and pay for trip or if you have any questions, please contact Ken at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 805 469-7288