Mid-August Limited Load; Southern Channel Islands

08/11/2016 - 08/15/2016


We charter liveaboards to the Channel Islands over holiday weekends including Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Lobster Opener.  In mid-August, we do a limited load to the Southern Islands.That means plenty of leg room, bring your toys,  the number of passengers is capped at ten fewer than normal.

The trip leaves Santa Barbara Thursday night, at 10 pm.  We will head for the Southern Channel Islands, arriving at San Clemente Island in the morning.  This time of year is characterized by warm water, large pelagic fish, sunny weather, and fantastic visibility.  The boat will spend two days at San Clemente, one at Santa Catalina, and one at a northern island (conditions-permitting).  In previous years we’ve seen huge schools of yellowtail, mako and soupfin sharks, black seabass, and loads of dolphins.

The four day Southern Channel Island trips are ideal for dialing in your skills.  Opportunities for snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking are plentiful.
We have been chartering the Vision, flagship of the Truth Aquatics fleet since 1974, that’s 40 years of experience saying it is the best way to dive California’s Islands.  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
  • Limited Load occupancy
  • 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!)

Contact:  Kristy Finstad 831-239-4934, kristy@finstad.com

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.

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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.

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