Diving in kelp is like moving through a lush forest with plants growing more than 120 feet high. This rare aquatic ecosystems is home to more than 800 species of marine life. We'll start in the Southern Channel Islands at San Clemente, then dive the Northern Channel Islands on our way back to Santa Barbara.
San Clemente is the southernmost Channel Island and boasts world-class conditions. At San Clemente you will find pristine kelp forests, steep drop-offs, all while enjoying some of the warmest, clearest waters California has to offer. Located 55 nautical miles south of Long Beach, San Clemente gives divers the chance to catch a glimpse of pelagic species such as yellowtail, barracuda, and tuna.
San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and Anacapa Islands comprise the northern chain of the Channel Islands, situated approximately three hours off the coast of Santa Barbara. The islands accommodate some of the densest kelp forests in the world.
Common sights while diving in the lush kelp beds include Garibaldi’s, giant black sea bass, seals and sea lions, bat rays, spanish shawl, sea hares, lobsters, sheepshead, senorita, blacksmith, opaleye, halfmoon, and giant kelp fish.
We'll limit this to ~23 divers (boat holds 40) so we have room to spread out. May 27 is Memorial Day. Board the boat in the evening on Saturday May 25. Dive May 26, 27, 28, and 29. The last dive is ~ 2 pm on Wednesday the 29th, and we return to dock ~ 5 pm. Fly to Santa Barbara (SBA) or drive.