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Catalina Freediving

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ty galloway

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Mar 9, 2005
Im going to catalina on wed the 16th and want to do some freedivin. Does anyone know of some good spots, lovers cove? anything offshore, maybe some kelp forests? please help. :wave
Well, Roan and Frank O'Donnell know Catalina a lot better than I do, but I'll take a stab anyway.

I went there for a day on my birthday in 2003 w/ Roan. We took the ferry over. Not bad, but I'd recommend that you make plans to stay overnight if you can. I believe that you can camp on the island in certain spots, but I don't have my notes handy.

On all of the parts of the island that we dove, w/ the exception of Casino Point, the depths increased very quickly as you moved off shore. The south-east part of the island seemed to have more gradual drop-offs than the other spots we visited. Still, I think that the Casino Point scuba park might exceed 60ft out at the edges.

There is a fair amount of boat traffic, even on weekdays, so you have to be a little careful. Occasionally, you can find coves that have a nice combination of depth and treacherous rocks that keep the boats at bay.

We only went on the chanel-side of the island. I think the winds generally blow towards the main-land, so the channel-side generally has better vis and tamer waves. Vis was respectable, but not great the day we went -- maybe 30 ft. Roan said it was a bit below par for Catailna.

As you move from Avalon to Two Harbors, the underwater scenery changes pretty rapidly. We only went as far as White's Landing, I think -- maybe we actually sent past Long Point -- I can't remember for sure. It was 3 or 4 miles. Within that space, the underwater scenery changes quite a bit.

If you want kelp forests, you will find them. They are ubiquitous.

We used a kayak to get around. Seemed pretty effective. Watch the currents, though. We had to do a Hawaii 5-0 imitation, paddling the kayak agains a 1/2 knot-or-so current to get back to the ferry in time and we literally made it with only seconds to spare.

Good luck, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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