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Big Sur Dive Adventure - 6 Days Aboard - 4 Full Dive Days

Come Explore and Dive the Big Sur Coast on the Vision.

4 Dive Days – 6 Days on the Vision – downhill run from Monterey to Moro Bay

What's Included

  • Free air fills
  • Accommodations in private bunks with pillows and blankets.
  • Divemasters
  • Shuttle transportation and secure overnight parking
  • 3 meals a day & snacks
  • Hot and cold beverages

2023 Dates TBA by end of 2022

Select your trip dates

What's Included

  • Free air fills
  • Accommodations in private bunks with pillows and blankets.
  • Divemasters
  • Shuttle transportation and secure overnight parking
  • 3 meals a day & snacks
  • Hot and cold beverages

Trip Details

The Big Sur Dive Trip has returned – a California Diving Bucket List Item!

Join Captain Ian and the crew of the Vision aboard a one-way “downhill” dive adventure: Monterey to Morro Bay!

We will depart from Monterey and unload at Giovanni’s in Morro Bay.

Experience four days of diving along the rugged and wild Big Sur coast.

The coastline of Big Sur

Location Information

  • Departure Harbor: Monterey Bay Harbor
  • Return Harbor: Morro Bay
  • Shuttle provided back to Monterey
  • Destination: Big Sur coast and offshore banks
  • 4 days of diving
Big sur coral reef

2022 Dates and Departure Times

2022 Departure Dates

June 14-19 2022
Board on the evening of June 14th and return to Monterey Bay on the evening of June 19th.

  • Check-In: TBD, boarding will begin around 6:30 pm
  • Briefing: 9:00 PM
  • Departure: TBD, based on conditions
  • Dives: 4-5 dives per day 
  • Return to Monterey: 5:00 PM on Sunday
Diving in Big Sur off the Vision

Trip Specific Information

  • Experience Level: Experienced cold water divers only please
  • Minimum Number of Guests: n/a
  • Maximum Number of Guests: 26
  • Minimum Age:  12 years old

How do we calculate ticket prices?

Ticket Costs

Itinerary

Ian Higgins, who previously ran this trip for Truth Aquatics, will be captain on this adventure. He has many years of experience along the Big Sur coastline and excellent knowledge of local conditions.

Itinerary will be weather dependent. The overall plan is that we will head south towards Pt Pinos , diving at the banks, pinnacles and covers along the Big Sur coast.

If weather conditions delay our journey south, we will start by diving in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

4 plus dives per day for 4 days

It is hard to know what the conditions will allow us to do, but we plan on at least 4 dives per day. We ask that only experienced cold water divers join this trip. If you have not dove in cold water where there are currents and minimal visibility then we suggest you join us on a Channel Islands Trip like our Northern Islands Three Dive Day trip beforehand.

We will dive Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Night dives are not promised and we will base this on how safe our overnight anchorages are.

On Saturday we will anchor in San Simeon cove. We will pull anchor early on Sunday morning and head to Morro Bay. We will unload at Giovannis Fish Market & Landing. From there a shuttle bus will pick us up and return us to our vehicles in Monterey.

Our estimated arrival back in Monterey is 5 PM, but we suggest you keep that evening free in case of any unforeseen travel delays.

Cuisine

Fresh Asparagus aboard the boat

Organic Produce from Tutti Frutti Farms

We source most of our produce from the local farmer’s markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays in order to serve a seasonal, sustainable, and healthy menu.

We can accommodate the following diets and ALL severe food allergies:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free (we do not provide gluten free bread)
  • If you have any severe food allergies, please inform us at least 7 days prior to departure so our galley can plan correctly. Thank you.

Channel Islands Expeditions employs world-class chefs with decades of experience. Learn more about what to expect from our galley chefs here.

Accommodations

Visit our accommodations page for more information about your stay aboard Vision.

Destination

Many of the coves, inlets and reefs along the rugged Big Sur coast are only accessible by boat. This remote coastline is home to some of the best diving in California and perhaps the world. This is a bucket list trip for any serious California diver.

Conditions will vary, and the temperature will be cold. We expect water temperatures to be, on average, high 40s to low 50s.

The banks off of Pt Sur are host to a variety of marine species that color the rocks with vibrant purples and reds. Experience otters, sea lions, whales, birdlife, and abundant fish populations along this rugged stretch of coast.

Pre Trip Planning

Learn more about what to bring on our trips by visiting our Planning Page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I park and how do I get back to Monterey?

Right now we are working on secure parking and a shuttle service to bring you to the boat and back to you car. The shuttle service will be included in the price of your trip. 

What dive certifications do I need for this trip?

You need a current open water certification to dive on this trip.

What is the age limit?

The minimum age is 12 years.

What are your dive restrictions?

At each dive site we open the dive doors and check each diver off as they exit to the water. Doors will remain open for a determined amount of time by the Divemaster. Between each dive is a mandatory 60 minute surface interval.

Each diver is responsible for their own safety and their buddy. CIEx keeps a deck master and a divemaster on each trip along with a dive assistant that helps with gear and tank fills.

CIEx Dive Policies:

  1. NO DECO DIVING – Recreational dive depth of 130 ft floor
  2. Buddy Diving- we do it, so should you.
  3. Divers with scooters MUST have an SMB
  4. We recommend all divers have an SMB
  5. 2 lights for night dives.

CIEx is committed to running the safest dive boats in the world, thank you for helping us with that!

How many people can sleep in an oversized bunk?

Each person is assigned one bunk. Our night watch crew is tasked to focus on the safety of the passengers on board the vessel at all times.

How difficult is the diving?

This trip is for advanced divers. We will be diving at sites with various depth potentials and possible strong currents in cold water.

Can we land on the islands and hike?

This trip does not include landing or hiking on Santa Cruz Island. If you want to hike on the Channel Islands, we recommend that you book a 4-Day Expedition Trip with us! Because you are not paying a National Park entrance fee, you cannot take advantage of the National Park’s terrestrial areas.

Do you offer Nitrox Fills?

Yes, we offer Nitrox fills for certified enriched air divers. Unlimited Nitrox fills are $50 a day and must be purchased ahead of time.

Testimonials

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Big Sur Dive Adventure
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

1st Sea Kayaking Experience

Amazing experience led by Garrett and his team to the Channel Islands. I had travelled from Hawaiʻi for this 4 day adventure. I'm not a diver (they had a ton of opportunities for them) but was able to free-dive and go kayaking. I had never kayaking on the ocean like this but felt incredibly confident with the instruction from the guides and crew. Incredibly competent and friendly, the trip felt completely about the participant experience. Kayaking around and seeing all the Harbor & Elephant seals and sea lions was an amazing experience. Their knowledge on the water, the wildlife, and especially the history of the place made for an experience I've been recommending to friends since the trip. Great grub too!
5/5stars

- | Google

mark r
Big Sur Dive Adventure
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Kayaking Channel Islands

Did this with my wife and 4 of our friends. Drove up from the IE , 2 hour drive, well worth it! What a great crew! Very knowledgeable about the island and surrounding area. Going in and out of the caves was awesome, though challenging at times but that made it even more enjoyable. If you are considering this trip, DO IT! We WILL do it again.
5/5stars

- | Yelp

david c
Big Sur Dive Adventure
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Anacapa Caves

Great outfit. Very professional guides, safety and COVID conscious. I went on a trip to Anacapa Island in mid-November. The cruise out was pretty quick. The wildlife on the way was excellent. The caves and rocks on Anacapa were wonderful to play in. I will return again when the Gray Whales begin to head back up the coast. I highly recommend them.
5/5stars

- | Yelp

Chuyên L.
Big Sur Dive Adventure
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Channel Island National Park

Channel Island National Park so amazing and beautiful places. And The Wild Blue Adventurer was professional. We loved it . Thanks You so Mụch for get we the nice trip .
5/5stars

- | Yelp

john s
Big Sur Dive Adventure
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Father and Son day

I had an epic day with my son in late July 2020. Our guide Phil was a UCSB grad, marine biologist who was in area, as his normal guiding in Antarctica was limited due to Covid. The boat staff was knowledgeable, friendly and worked hard to make our day both enjoyable and safe. Only 8 people on a boat that can hold 30-40 and they were very Covid compliant. Masks in the boat at all times (except lunch - bring your own food) and outdoor seating but could take off masks in the double kayaks. Really easy and felt safe and compliant. 10 out of 10 and I'm a tough critic.
5/5stars

- | Yelp

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Big Sur Dive Adventure
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

5 Night Liveaboard Trip

Recently went on a 5 night, 6 day liveaboard trip off the Truth. The crew and captains were all very nice and welcoming. The boat has great safety protocols to ensure us divers were safe throughout the entirety of this trip. Chef Tim was fantastic! I have never had better quality food on a boat trip, and he has definitely set the bar high. We had amazing homemade dishes almost every meal, he had vegetarian and vegan options as well. I would 100% recommend this boat to anyone interested in planning a multi-day dive trip to the Channel Islands.

5/5stars

- | Yelp

jelly fish
Big Sur Dive Adventure
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Kayaking Anacapa Arch

We had a wonderful time kayaking through the sea caves and Anacapa Arch.  All the on board staff were excellent.  We will definitely come back and do a different tour with them.

5/5stars

- | Yelp

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Big Sur Dive Adventure
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Great Family Day Adventure

We had the BEST first time kayaking experience with Blue Ocean. Garret and his crew are great! The Anacapa tour is something special... we all loved it! It was a perfect day for our family. We highly recommend!
5/5stars

- | TripAdvisor

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Big Sur Dive Adventure
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Another great day kayaking with Blue Ocean

We had a great day at Anacapa with Garrett, Jordan and the rest of the crew. We paddled for about 3 hours but it is not too strenuous, so if you are wondering if you can do it, you probably can! Thank you, Blue Ocean Crew!
5/5stars

- | TripAdvisor

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Big Sur Dive Adventure
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

LOVED IT! Truly an amazing experience that I will never forget. Awesome crew, wonderful day, all around great time. I hope to do it again some day!
5/5stars

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Big Sur Dive Adventure
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

A great time!

Even though it was a foggy day, we had a great time. The boat crew was great and friendly. Garrett the guide was knowledgeable and friendly. He even saved a pelican-"Birdie Sanders" .
5/5stars

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