Labor Day Weekend; Northern Channel Islands

09/03/2016 - 09/05/2016


The Liveaboard
Truth Aquatics live-aboards are designed by divers for divers.  Their commitment to service shows through the smiles of crewmembers that love their jobs and undergo special safety training.  The Galley women cook up some gourmet cuisine!  We’re on the Conception for this holiday weekend.

Photo by Dave Conner

The Destination
On the Labor Day trip, divers have the unique opportunity to explore the pinnacles of San Miguel Island.  The beginning of September is the best time to be at San Mig, which see strong winds and swell during much of the year.  This rarely visited island is loaded with color: anemones, crabs, nudibranchs covering every inch of wall with a rainbow.  Great for macro-photography.  Nutrient rich waters bathing this island bring BIG fish: halibut, bugs, redfish, wolfeels, lingcod.  The precipitous geology at Boomerang, Skyscrapers, Richardson’s and Wilson’s Rock will blow you away.  The island also hosts pristine shallow reefs hosting an incredibly diverse collection of sea life.  Night dives are delightful; octopi roam the reefs and bioluminescent zooplankton flash colors to silhouette the diver. Other destinations may include Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara Islands.

Photo by Steve Hayden

We will meet at the Santa Barbara Harbor on Friday night, boarding anytime after 8pm.  Fall asleep with the Conception departing at 4am, Saturday morning.  The boat will return on Monday (Labor Day) about 5pm.    The Sea Landing Dive Center is located within steps from the Truth Aquatic vessels for convenient equipment rental (tanks and weights are not provided on-board).   See more details “Preparing for your Channel Islands Trip” on our Currents page.  Marine Biologist Kristy brings her microscope to show divers silicious spicules and pumping pedicilaria– the colors on marine invertebrates are amazing up close!

Package  includes:

  • Breakfasts made to order (ex. breakfast burrito)
  • Scrumptious lunches and dinners (ex. homemade pot pies and BBQ tri tip… let me know if you have dietary needs or are vegetarian…the chefs make great marinated tofu!)
  • Plenty of snacks and desserts (ex. spinach dip, and berry pie)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages (ex. sodas, juices, milk)
  • Unlimited air fills, unlimited diving
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • On-board Naturalist and Dive Instructor

Optional Add-ons:

  • Nitrox ($6/tank)
  • Kayak ($30/day)
  • Double bunk guarantee ($25/night, limited availability)
  • Dive Master ($75/dive)
  • Kelp Diver Certification ($150)
  • Spirits (if you’ve got lots, bring a cooler!)

Payment and Cancellation Policy:  A $300 deposit reserves your space.  Cancellations are subject to a $100 processing fee. Final payment is due one month prior to departure, late payments incur a 3% fee.  No refunds may be processed after this date.  Credit card payments are subject to a 3% transaction fee.  Package price is subject to change.

Please make checks payable to:  Worldwide Diving Adventures

Mail checks c/o:  Bill Finstad; 616 St. Paul Ave. #334; Los Angeles, CA  90017

Contact: Kristy Finstad; 831-239-4934;

Photo by Clark Anderson

INSURANCE:  We strongly encourage purchasing Divers Alert Network Travel Insurance.  They off competitive rates, and your money goes to a fantastic program.  Most divers-in-the-know also have DAN Dive Accident Insurance.  Which requires an Membership.  Family Membership is $55 annually, or $25 for Individual Membership.  We have the Preferred level, but you could go Standard, which costs $30 per person.  If you have the opportunity to use my referral number, we get points: 1403373.  DAN has helped many of our guests (including ourselves) recoup money for medical expenses and lost dives (from ear infections, etc); unfortunately, we have also seen a few divers need helicopter rides to a decompression chamber.  The thought is that insurance gives you the ability to listen to symptoms which otherwise you might ignore.

Photo by Clark Anderson


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