Peace dive Boat to Anacapa Island & Santa Cruz Island

BOAT TICKET: Anacapa Island 07/17/2022 7:00 AM 3 Dives - Peace Dive Boat

Peace 07/17/2022
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Buying Tickets: Each diver must purchase their own ticket online or call 1-888-728-2252 when buying for multipule tickets. 
Boarding: Arrive 45 minutes before departure, check-in with divemaster, show certification card and come fully prepared with all equipment.
Cancellation Policy: Zero refund within the 7 days of departure date. 
Dive Sites: Sites are to be determined by the Captain's "BEST CONDITIONS CHOICE". Based on water visibility, tide, current, surge, swell and wind. 
Hunting: Spear-guns are not allowed. Responsible lobster grabbers ok. 
Gratuity: If you like'd the service you received, enjoyed the food and hard work, please tip them.
Equipment: You are responsible for all your own equipment & personal items. Rental gear is not available on-board ships. 
Rental: Come fully prepared with all your gear for a fun-filled day of diving. If your need to rent equipment, go to your local dive center the day before.
Waivers: The host divemaster will have documents to complete. 
Minors: Parent or legal guardian need to board ship and complete documents.
Meals: Sorry but it's boat food, so don't expect anything gourmet. If you have a specialized meal plan, please bring your own. 
Seasick? Please purchase motion sickness meds from your local drugstore if needed.
Directions: Directions to local dive boats 



The Dive Center and boat charter company's are adhering to USCG, CDC & LA County guidelines.
-Stay home if you are experiencing any signs of illness.
-No spitting in your mask to prevent mask fogging. Please use commercial mask defogger. 
-Limit your time in the galley & showers.

The Island: Anacapa Island is located approximately 14 miles south of Ventura, California. Anacapa consists of 3 smaller islets, East, Middle, and West Anacapa Islands totaling approximately 1 square mile of land and approximately 5 miles in length. The island itself is encircled by steep sea cliffs that were formed from erosion. Anacapa island is mainly composed of Miocene volcanic rock. In 1980 Anacapa Island became part of the Channel Islands National Park. 
Both black and green abalone were once seen here, and an occasional red. If you see any now it will be greens up in shallow, between 5 and 15 feet. Green abalone is distinguished by their greenish salt and pepper mantle. There are reports of black abalone around the island. Black abalone makes their homes in sub tidal water down to 10 feet deep. Their shells are smooth, black or blue in color. 
The rocks and ridges are scattered but rise as much as 10 feet from the sand bottom. Kelp is common and healthy but because the reefs are scattered it is rarely impassable. There are some mini-walls and small overhangs creating an excellent environment for all sorts of creatures. 
Clinging to the reefs are many invertebrates. Nudibranchs can be found in abundance, especially the bright blue-purple and orange Spanish shawl nudibranch. Chestnut cowries are beautiful and can be found here tucked into the crevices. Normally associated with the tropics, these are the only cowries found in our waters. Their shells are shiny with a rich brown color. An empty fresh shell is a nice prize for your dive but often hard to find. 
Fish are abundant here as well but not of the large game fish variety. Observing and photographing small reef fish will keep you busy for the entire dive. Watch for the painted greenling and their mating dance. A female will perch on top a reef and a darker male will dance around and sometimes chase off intruders. Other small reef fish here include kelpfish, ghost gobies, and a variety of blennies. 
Cruising over the reef and in the kelp the fish life is no less abundant. Opaleye, some quite large in numbers, pass through the underwater forest late in the afternoon. Garibaldi are not lacking, adding color with their striking orange against the blue-green backdrop. Fellow fish patrolling the kelp include black perch, half-moons, and small sheep head and calico bass. 
Lobster, scallops and game fish are few and far between and small so don’t even bother. Maybe a few decades of recovery and we’ll see this area as it once was, abalone and all. But for right now, it is still a great dive.

Popular Sites (weather permitting): 

Cathedral cove at Anacapa is a shallow, protected dive spot in the northeast section of the Anacapa's. The main attraction here is the famous Giant Kelp, Garibaldis, and sea lions. This area is also a California state marine reserve, so reef fish are abundant and wise to the laws. The calm waters and shallow depths make it perfect for scuba classes, kayakers, snorkelers and beginner divers out for fun dives. The diving area rarely gets deeper than 25ft. This spot is known for its playful and friendly sea lions and spotted seals. One suggestion for interacting with the sea lions is that they prefer to play out in the sand areas. Swim away from the kelp, in a northwest direction, and within a couple minutes the sea lions will swim by to check you out, especially if you are first off the boat. Depths here will be about 30ft. The left side of the cove (east side) has some small caves, caverns and crevices where you will find lobster, swell sharks and horn sharks. Other species to look for at this dive site include island California Kelpfish, Spotted Kelpfish, Plume Hydroids, Spanish Shawl Nudibranchs, and schooling fish such as Perch, Opaleye, Blacksmith, and Senoritas. One or two large sheephead also patrol the area. 

Coral Reef is actually a series of large reefs separated by sand, and covered with brittle stars. There are also small kelp forests in the central, shallower parts of the reef. Coral reef lies off the southwest end of anacapa. The last time I dove here a school of yellowtail swam by me twice, passing very close by. It was my first time seeing yellowtail in California waters in over 350 dives. There are a wide variety of fish here, and even a moray eel can be found here. Coral reef is definitely worth more than 1 dive to explore. And its hard to find a better dive site for photography than here.

Underwater Island (also know as island reef) is one of those hidden gems at Anacapa. It lies at the southwest section of Anacapa, east of Coral reef, just offshore (south) from Channels. Often a dive boat will anchor at Channels, not telling the divers Underwater Island is a short swim away from shore. Currents can pick up out here, so divers should be careful if venturing away from the boat. Often the bow anchor of the boat will be lodged at underwater island. Underwater island is a giant pinnacle rising from 60ft up to 20ft. The south and west edges of the pinnacle are covered with brittle stars. Cabezon, rockfish, black-eyed gobies, baby sheephead, lingcod, and zooanthid anemones populate these areas. Visibility can be 50ft at times, and black sea bass or yellowtail can swim by. Combine the brittle stars with a rockfish, goby, or painted greenling for a great photo op. Baby sheephead populate the red sea fans, but can be very skittish when a camera gets near.

 The Peace Dive Boat:

 The Peace has everything, a spacious deck, a friendly crew, great food and even a hot tub!!! The Peace is based out of Ventura, California so be sure to plan accordingly when signing up for a trip!

 Personal Items Each diver or passenger should provide his/her own personal items/toiletries for their trip, (i.e., towels, bathing suits, comb, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunscreen, etc.) Each head contains a shower with a Hair and Body Shampoo dispenser for your convenience. Paper towel and toilet paper dispensers are also provided in each head for your convenience. If you tend to get queasy, don’t forget your seasick medication! The PEACE normally carries a supply of aspirin/ibuprofen, and has a fully stocked first-aid kit in case of emergencies.

 Equipment Please be sure to bring all the necessary dive gear for your trip including tanks, weights and your 'C' Card, a Dive Computer is highly recommended. It is also recommended that you bring normal safety equipment like: Dive Alert, Safety Sausage and a Whistle. Eco-Friendly Light Sticks are required for Night Diving and can be purchased from the shop. If you need rental equipment, feel free to inquire with the shop at 1-310-398-5759.
Air / Nitrox Fills All of our trips (unless otherwise specified) include air fills. The PEACE is able to fill all tanks, including high-pressure tanks, up to 3500 PSI. The PEACE is equipped with a DNAx Membrane System, which currently produces Nitrox blends at 32%. Because we are not blending with 100% oxygen, O2 clean tanks are NOT required. Nitrox fills are extra.
Bunk Room The PEACE provides both single and double bunks, sleeping up to 32 people. Single bunks are provided with one pillow and one blanket. Double bunks are provided with two pillows and two blankets. Each bunk has its own privacy curtain and individual light. Passengers are welcome to bring a sleeping bag or extra pillows/blankets for their comfort. In order to keep our bunkroom dry and comfortable, no wet bathing suits, wetsuits or wet dive equipment is permitted below decks. We do have 110 outlets available in the bunk room for medical devices, like a CPAP machine.  We recommend that you bring an extension cord to make sure that you can comfortably access the outlet.  Please check the Bunk Assignment sheet before you settle into a bunk. We recommend that all single passengers (those traveling alone) take a single bunk and couples (or those who don't mind bunking together) take a double bunk.
 Food and Beverages All of our trips (unless otherwise specified) include food and non-alcoholic beverages. A soda machine is provided for your convenience and also dispenses filtered water. Milk, juice, coffee and other hot beverages are also available. Passengers are welcome to bring along their own alcoholic beverages. However, we request that you bring your own ice and cooler to store them in. For those passengers with special diets (i.e., vegetarian), please be sure to inform our Chef as soon as you board or first thing in the morning so that we can accommodate your dietary needs.
Storing Your Equipment The PEACE provides tanks racks along the sides and middle section of the back deck. Dive bags and/or dive storage containers can be stored underneath the benches and along the side of the boat. If you are not sure, please ask a crew member to assist you. Spear guns and pole spears should be stored (unloaded) in the Portside and Starboard side gun racks located on the back deck. Please do not store them in the center live game tank. Please do not leave any dive gear on top of the center console on the back deck. The PEACE is not responsible for any lost or stolen item from the boat. All unclaimed dive equipment and/or other miscellaneous items left aboard the PEACE for more than 30 days will be discarded. We do not have enough storage to hold all unclaimed items for more than 30 days. Left aboard items such as clothing will be donated to local charities. Please be sure to check for your personal items and dive equipment before you leave the boat.
 Parking You may park in the loading zones ONLY to load/unload your gear. Once you have loaded/unloaded your gear, park in the spaces closest to the street that you came in on and the parking is free. Please do not park in the red zones to load/unload your gear. We have provided dock carts for your convenience. Please return them to the dock when you are done with them.
 New Parking Procedures You may still park for free, but you must have a parking pass hanging from your rearview mirror to park overnight. The pass is not required for day parking. The parking passes are available on the Peace Dive Boat. Just pick one up and place it on your rearview for overnight parking. You may reuse the same parking pass for future visits or we kindly ask that you bring it back to the boat for the next diver to use. If you do not have the parking pass, you could get a parking ticket.
Camera / Video Equipment
 Cameras and video equipment are welcome aboard. There are two fresh water rinse tanks along the Starboard side for your convenience. 
 Left Aboards Left aboards are only kept for 30 days after each trip. Any unclaimed left aboard items will be donated to a local charity after 30 days.
 Schedule Changes due to Weather All destinations and departure times are subject to change depending decisions made by the Captain on weather and sea conditions . Unfortunately, we are not able to predict what the weather will be like for an upcoming trip. The crossing to the islands may be rough, but there are many places the boat can hide from the weather so that your diving is still enjoyable. The Captain will not place the passengers or the boat in danger. The local marine forecast is checked prior to the departure of all trips, unfortunately, as with any weather forecast, conditions can change in a matter of minutes. The Captain will make the final determination as to the destination and departure times, for the safety of all aboard.

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