09-27-2010, 10:33 PM
GUEF, Tech1, Cave1, Cave2, DPV1
Join Date: Mar 2010
9/15/2010 Channel Islands: Anacapa & Santa Cruz aboard Spectre by Kathy Dicker
9/15/2010 Channel Islands: Anacapa & Santa Cruz aboard Spectre
by Kathy Dicker -- [View in Reports Page]
|Bottom Team:||Kathy Dicker, Rick Guerin, Phil Koehler|
|Visibility:||20' - 50'||Time:||12:00 AM|
|Temp:||51F - 57F||Surge:|| |
|Max Depth:||60FSW||Avg Depth:|| |
|Bottom Time:|| ||Total Time:|| |
|Bottom Gases:||EAN32||Deco Gases:|| |
|Backgas Config:||Single ||Deco Tanks:|| |
|I headed down to Ventura last weekend to join a couple of other So Cal GUE friends for some single tank fun (warmer water) diving off Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands. At the last minute Heather Hamza joined our gang, so we split into two teams and stuck together.|
6 hours down to Ventura Harbor isnít that bad a drive. $120 covers a bunk for the night, breakfast, lunch and 4 recreational dives on the Spectre. The boat only pumps air, so I just smuggled some extra tanks of 32% on board with no problem ;-).
The water was glassy calm on the trip over. The sun was shining and the sky was painted a brilliant blue. A huge pod of dolphin joyfully splashed off the bow. Birds (maybe pelicans?)
flew in a mesmerizing formation. It was the perfect boat ride!
We did a couple of dives at Santa Cruz Island enjoying the 40-50 ft vis and 57F water, vibrant orange Garibaldi, huge Sheepsheads, brilliant Spanish Shawls, loads of purple urchins, and the sun rays penetrating into the outstanding kelp forests.
Then, we headed over to Anacapa, where young sea lions seemed to enjoy our mid water hover so much, they spent almost half the dive playing with us. They kept swooping down in huge loops and stopping eye to eye just inches from my face as if to say hi ;-).
On the fourth dive we followed the anchor line down at a different site which only had about 20ft vis for a nice kick with a bit of current around a pinnacle where we spotted and several very beautiful reddish brown Two Spot Octopi tucked back in cracks along a rocky wall.
Diving on the Channel Islands was a fun change of pace from our local diving and it was easy to synch up with other GUE divers for our first dives together (although I missed my BAUE friends).
If anyone wants to carpool back down one of these days, Iíd probably be up for it. The trip makes for a fun but exhausting weekend ;-)! All of these dives maxed out at 60ft or less.