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Southern Islands 4 Dive Day Adventure!
Come dive the warm waters of the Southern Channel Islands. Visit world-class dive spots like Farnsworth Bank, Ship Rock, Bird Rock, Seal Cove and Pyramid Cove. Our flagship vessel, the Vision, takes you to remote world-class dive sites and provides a live-aboard experience unequaled in California.
Our Southern Islands 4 Dive Day trip is an epic adventure perfect for divers seeking all that Santa Catalina, San Clemente and Santa Barbara Islands have to offer.
- Departure Harbor: Santa Barbara Harbor. Santa Barbara
- Destination: Santa Catalina, San Clemente, Santa Barbara Islands. Which islands are visited is condition dependent.
- Make the Vision your home for an unparalleled live-aboard experience full of excellent diving, great food, beautiful scenery, and abundant wildlife.
July 8th – 12th
Limited Load December 26th – 30th
- Boarding Check-In: 5:00 pm
- CIEx Hosted Buffet: 7:30 pm
- Mandatory Briefing: 9:00 pm
- Departure: 10:00 pm
- Dives: 4+ dives per day plus optional night dives
- Return to Santa Barbara: 5:00 pm on fifth day of trip
Trip Specific Information
- Experience Level: Open Water and Advanced Divers
- Minimum Number of Guests: 16
- Maximum Number of Guests: 30
- Minimum Age: 12 years old
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Meet your crew at the Sea Landing in the Santa Barbara Harbor (at 301 West Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA).
You will board the Vision at 5:00 PM to load gear and check in with our crew. We will serve appetizers and snacks at 7:30 PM.
A mandatory briefing will occur at 9:00 PM, and all loading of personal items should be completed before then. All guests must be present for the briefing. After the briefing, and once the manifest has been signed, passengers are not allowed to leave the vessel. Weather permitting, we plan on departing right after the briefing at 9:30 PM.
Check-in at 7:30 PM. Mandatory briefing at 8:30 PM. Departure at 9:30 PM.
Once the mandatory briefing has occurred, passengers are not permitted to leave the boat.
2-3 Dive Sites & 3-4 Tank Fills Per Day, Plus Optional Night Dives
Wake up at anchor to the sound of the ocean lapping against the Vision’s hull. Enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast and hot coffee or tea as you get ready to dive! Hot breakfast is typically served from approximately 7:00 am to 9:00 AM, and continental snacks are left out until about 10:00 am.
Dive gates open between 7:30 and 8 AM, after we get set up at the first dive site. Typical entry is a giant stride from either our port and starboard gates or the bow gate. If necessary, you may also enter from the rear swim step. Once your dive is complete, you will return to the boat via the submerged swim step for easy access up the stairs with your tank. Air and Nitrox tank fills will be handled by our crew during your surface interval.
Typically, after two dives, the boat is moved to a new site during lunch. The galley prepares a hot lunch around noon, with additional snacks put out after the third dive of the day. Depending on the weather conditions, we may add a third dive spot.
At the end of the day, we’ll anchor in a cove for dinner and dessert. Conditions permitting, a night dive will be set up. Alcoholic beverages may be brought on the trip and enjoyed after you have finished diving for the day. The Vision is equipped with a full shower room and hot, fresh water showers, and a wetsuit drying rack. In the evening, enjoy watching bioluminescence and the many fishes and pinnipeds that gather around our side-mounted squid light
We will do our best to accommodate night dive requests, taking weather and overnight anchorage requirements into consideration. We require the following for all night dives”
Night Dive Policies
We require the following for all night dives:
- At least 4 divers who wish to participate in the night dive are required.
- A primary and secondary light must be in working condition to enter the water, no exceptions.
- All tanks must have a beacon or chemical glow stick attached during the dive.
- No scooters on night dives.
- Divers must dive in pairs (buddy diving).
Return to Santa Barbara
On the third night of the trip, we will begin our journey back towards the Northern Channel Islands, diving at either Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, or Anacapa Island on the last day of our trip. After 2-3 dives we will begin the journey back to Santa Barbara Harbor.
Estimated return time to Santa Barbara Harbor is 5:00 pm
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:
- Gluten Free (we do not provide gluten free bread, we’ll just cook without gluten, or have a GF option)
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.
The Southern Channel Islands are Santa Catalina, San Clemente, San Nicolas, and Santa Barbara.
These four islands offer a diverse set of wildlife, geology and diving opportunities. From warm waters to remote offshore diving, the southern islands offer something for everyone
Santa Catalina Island is the largest and Santa Barbara is the smallest. Learn more about the Southern Channel Islands here.
Catalina Island is well known for its calm, clear, and warm waters. Ease of access makes Catalina the most popular channel island for divers. Verdant kelp forest full of garibaldi, yellowtail, kelp bass, white seabass, giant black sea bass, and leopard sharks abound in the offshore waters of Catalina. Purple hydrocoral and abundant nudibranchs are found at Farnsworth Pinnacles. Catalina offers a wide variety of incredible diving for both newly certified and experienced divers.
Learn more about Catalina Island here.
San Clemente Island is home to the clearest, warmest waters in the Channel Islands. Giant kelp beds, schools of fish, coral banks, deep pinnacles and shear walls make diving here unforgettable. In the summer, waters can reach over 7o degrees. World-class diving spots are located at both the east and west ends of the island.
Learn more about San Clemente Island here.
Even though Santa Barbara Island is the smallest Channel Island, it is home to some of the most incredible dive sites within the Channel Islands. With magnificent underwater arches, plentiful purple hydro coral, and a large sea lion rookery, Santa Barbara offers divers a rich wildlife experience. The unique underwater formations are great for photographers and the abundant game is ideal for hunters.
Read more about Santa Barbara Island here.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. All CIEx trips are vessel supported and include boat transportation to and from your island destination.
You need a current open water certification to dive on this trip.
The minimum age is 12 years.
At each dive site we open the dive doors and check each diver off as they exit to the water. The dive doors are open for 90 minutes at each site. All divers must return to the boat at the set time or they risk being asked to sit out the next dive. We do not limit your dive time, but we strongly encourage each diver to stay in the limits of no decompression. 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. The CIEx dive crew reserve the right to check dive computers and make recommendations for diver safety at any time.
CIEx is committed to running the safest dive boats in the world, thank you for helping us with that!
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.
This trip is for advanced divers. We will be diving at sites with various depth potentials and possible strong currents
We understand that years of experience and recent experience are two different things. So if this is your first time diving in 5 years or more, we suggest you start with our Discover 2 Day/2 Night trip where you can brush up on your skills in more controlled environments and the help of an instructor or divemaster.
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.
Yes, we offer Nitrox fills for certified divers. Unlimited Nitrox fills are $25 a day.
A great question that we’re happy to answer in more detail.
- The western islands of the Northern Channel Islands are more than 80 nautical miles from Santa Barbara Harbor. This is a great deal of fuel, much more than the eastern islands from Ventura and Oxnard.
- Crew costs are going up. Minimum wage in California $14/hour and will be $15/hour next year. Most of our crew is paid more than that and is required to be on duty for a 12 hour period at at time. This is easily the largest expense of running these boats.
- We have added an additional crew member to enhance the overall safety of the operations.
- Maintaining boats has always been expensive, but if you’ve been to the hardware store lately, you’ll agree that things are more expensive now than ever before. Imagine what that means for boat parts!
- We have increased the quality of our food and accommodations so that you can expect a world class experience on all trips!
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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.
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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.
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