Santa Barbara Island (SBI) has some excellent dive sites and add in good visibility, warmer water and a 3 day holiday weekend and you have some spectacular long weekend of diving to look forward too. Join Channel Islands Dive Adventures aboard the Truth for this trip to Santa Barbara Island on Saturday/Monday, May 25/27, 2019.
The plan is to board between 8:00-midnight Friday evening and depart Saturday morning at 1:00 am for SBI where we plan to spend the first two days. Afterwards we will move closer to home and dive Santa Cruz Island getting back to the dock about 6:00 pm Monday.
There are many excellent dive sites around Santa Barbara Island and the main reason most divers like to go there is because of the seals and sea lions at the Rookery, off the island’s southeast side. They can be fun to watch spinning and twirling just like acrobats. They will also swim at you and then turn at the last possible moment as they blow bubbles at you. Santa Barbara Island also has some very beautiful shallow and deep reefs lush with kelp and underwater arches. Some of the really good sites are Sea Lion Wall, Sutil Island, Shag Rock, Webster’s point plus many more. There is much to see and do for the photographer, sightseer and hunter so why not come out and join us!
Santa Cruz Island also has some excellent diving and depending on weather we could dive the front side or the back side of the island. Either way there will be plenty of good sites for us to dive while enjoying the last day of our trip.
This trip is best suited for Experienced OW divers and above and a great choice for divers wanting to sharpen their diving skills for more advanced trips. The dive sites visited have something for everyone. Dive sites are to be determined by “BEST CONDITIONS” based on water visibility, tides, current, surge, swell and wind. Good buoyancy control and surface signal tubes are always recommended
- Where: Santa Barbara Island
- Depart from: Santa Barbara, Sea Landing
- When: Saturday/Monday, May 25/27, 2019-Memorial Day Weekend
- Time: Board the Truth between 8:00-midnight Friday with the Truth departing at 1:00 am and back to dock about 6:00 pm on Monday.
- Cost: $610.00 includes LOT’S of dives, 2 night dives, meals, air and reserved bunks *Includes added fuel surcharge*
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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 freezingg 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
email@example.com or call 805 469-7288