California’s Channel Islands are amazing! Situated just off the coast south of Santa Barbara, California, its kelp forests and amazing visibility are second to none. These unique islands offer homes to many endemic species and subspecies. With temperatures ranging from 48° to 75° F, there are a variety of animals that make their home here as well as opportunities to see unique voyagers throughout different times of the year. Descending weightlessly into the thick kelp forests is an exhilarating experience as you never know what amazing critters you’ll find around the corner! Dove November 2017.
Highlights: fantastic visibility, McFarland’s nudibranch, California Barracuda, giant lobsters, spanish shawl nudibranchs, great sunburst pictures through the kelp.
Dive sites: Special dives at usually closed Pelican Reserve, Pelican Cave and the usual amazing vis at Landing Cove.
Great for viewing: harbor seals,sea lions, calico bass, Garibaldi, starfish, two-spot octopus, dolphins, nudibranchs.