Anacapa Island, CA.


Location: Distance:16.7 miles sw183' from Ventura Harbor.

GPS Info:
34.01419, -119.36779
34°0'51"N, 119°22'4"W
Time: 2 Hrs @ 10knots
Access: Peace Dive Boat
Depths: All Ranges
Photography: Best rated ecological reserves 

Booking Trips
Call 310-398-5759

When you think of a diving destination, what are your first thoughts? Healthy Kelp Forests, Beautiful fish? Wrecks? Clear water?  All these probably come to mind. 

Anacapa is a diving destination where you have all of these attributes, curious sea lions, and a variety of depths and activities for all levels of diving. Sound too good to be true?



Anacapa’s reefs are home to a diverse population of sea life found in the colder Northern parts of the state, as well as those from the warmer Southern waters.  Surface temperatures commonly reach 70° F (21° C) in late summer and fall. They do, however, drop to 50° F (10° C) in the winter and spring. It is common for divers to use a 7mm wetsuit or drysuit all year-round when diving Anacapa Island. Visibility at Anacapa averages 30’ (10M) year-round but can be as good as 100’ (30M) when conditions are favorable.  

The adventure to Anacapa Island begins when crossing the Santa Barbara channel, which is one of the richest protected marine environments in the world. Dolphins are commonly spotted when crossing the Channel from Ventura Harbor, Depending on the time of year, grey whales, humpback whales, blue whales or, on a rare occasion, killer whales can be spotted during the crossing. A pleasant sight for all!

Once the boat reaches Anacapa Island, it comes down to picking a dive site. Like most California diving, dives at Anacapa Island are self-guided. The boat provides a divemaster who will check you on and off the boat. They can assist you with any problems or questions that may arise. The captain and crew on the Peace Dive Boat are knowledgeable and will gladly provide information about the dive site.

Your briefing will include information about depths, features, and marine life you may encounter. Divers who are not familiar with cold water diving, Rest-assured you can call the shop while booking your trip to schedule a Guided Dive at Anacapa with one of our experienced Dive Guides! 

With some of the healthiest kelp beds in California, you will see many species of fish including, Calico Bass, Barracuda, White Seabass, Yellowtail, Lingcod, Sheephead, Whitefish, Vermillion Rockfish, Halibut and more.