Have you always dreamed of plunging into the sea or another body of water and seeing the beautiful plant and animal life underneath? Diving provides opportunities to experience a whole other world, and Catalina Island diving is some of the best you’ll find anywhere. There are many, many diving locations to choose from on the island. Some of the most celebrated spots, however, include Casino Point Dive Park, Farnsworth Banks, Long Point, Yellowtail Pint, and Sea Fan Grotto. Pick one location or pick several; no matter what, you’re sure to have an excellent time and to see and experience brand new and beautiful things.
No Experience Necessary
While experienced divers are certainly welcome on Catalina Island and, indeed, can have some intense underwater adventures, don’t feel like you have to sit out this awesome experience if you’re a beginner. Even if you’ve never dived before in your life, there are opportunities for you to do so on Catalina Island! Classes, tandem diving, and group excursions are available for divers of all skill levels, and as long as you choose a responsible diving instructor and/or program, you should have a safe and enjoyable time. Plus, there’s no better place to experience your first dive than Catalina Island! Just be aware that diving can be addictive; once you’ve tried it, you’re going to want to do it again!
What Will You See?
While every Catalina Island diving experience is different, many divers report seeing some of the same things once they’ve taken the plunge. You might see, for example, an intriguing kelp forest, or if you’re really lucky, a cumbersome sea lion! Some divers have also reported seeing yellowtails, abalones, eels, shovelnose guitar fish, and even certain varieties of sharks! Keep your eyes peeled and, if you’re diving with an instructor, have him or her verse you on what you might see and how to identify different forms of sea life.
You Don’t Have to Wait for Summer!
You might think that Catalina Island diving is only an option in the summer months. The truth is, however, that you can visit Catalina Island and go diving any time of the year. While most divers flock to the island in the summer, there are many people who actually prefer diving in the winter. There are usually far fewer people around, which can make for less time spent waiting around and more time spent diving. Plus, a little known secret is that, as the water temperature drops, visibility increases, so you might just be able to see a whole lot more if you reserve your trip for winter. And, as another bonus, you can often get super low rates and special deals on diving packages and more if you plan your vacation for the winter. Of course, whenever you want to go is fine, but it’s definitely something to think about as you make your travel plans.
Snorkeling Offers a Nice Alternative
If you decide you’re not quite ready for a full-on diving adventure, you can still have fun in the water. Why not try a snorkeling trip instead? Snorkeling usually takes place in water that’s not as deep and simply asks you to wear a pair of flippers and use a snorkel for underwater breathing. You can still see some beautiful plant and animal life, but without all the heavy equipment or the intensity of a diving adventure. Snorkeling is a great option for kids as well, and most instructors and snorkeling facilities will allow lifejackets to be worn for an even safer experience. Whether you’re interested in true Catalina island diving or in a fun snorkel trip, you can’t do either until you get to the island!