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Disappointment in San Diego
ScubaDubaDo - 6/06/2008 1:50 AM
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Category: Travel
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I just got back from a week in San Diego. I was looking forward to 3 days of diving at Wreck Alley and the local kelp beds. I have to say that I was very disappointed on several different levels. First off, all 3 days of diving got cancelled...the dive boat I was booked on (The Marissa) decided they did not have enough paying divers on 2 days and the swells got too big and dangerous on the 3rd. I was able to get on the DND II on 1 day and did 2 local dives; the NOSC Tower and a local kelp bed. I was disappointed with the amount (or lack there of) of sea life. There was a lot of anemone, but that was about it. Finding a variety of fish was difficult. I was lucky to have seen 2 Giribaldi on the kelp bed dive. I’m sure that there are usually a lot more fish and other life around, but the vis was poor and there just was not much to see. I actually ended both dives early from frustration of not seeing a lot of sea life. Normally surface with around 500 psi and surfaced both dives with more that 950 psi. I guess if I go back it may have to be on a weekend and perhaps in the fall or winter...


Erik - 6/25/2008 5:40 AM
Yea, that’s just anywhere for you... well, almost anywhere the weather can make a great dive into something less than great. I went to the Yukon last year and the vis was not that great, but once I got onto the ship it was good enough to see some life and all. Got some interesting pics on the ship there, but couldn’t take a pic of the whole ship or anything, just not enough vis.
DiveBuddyChgo - 6/08/2008 7:40 AM
Sorry about your dis appointment in San Diego. There are just some places where you just about have to live at to get those great picturest dives. I spend a week in San Diego every Feb.. but have never dove there. I dive Lake Mich. and wait for those perfect days to go out for a dive. But I would never plan a vacation dive trip for Lake Mich. cause the conditions are not stable. Thats why I am not diving this weekend. Mike B.
GypsyDiver - 6/06/2008 8:17 PM
Dang the Bad Luck! I tried three seperate times to dive the Jersey Shore and got rained out on all three. I feel your pain!!
ReefMan - 6/06/2008 8:54 AM
That is to bad Dave....You will have to go again it is usually better than that.... I went out in May and dove the kelp beds and the Yukon...vis was good then and I was able to see tons of life....The Yukon was a fun dive....not real challenging but a bit over 100 ft...a very unique white anemone covers the ship... vis was 10 ft near the surface but at about 40 ft it opened up to over 50+ ft.... not to bad!!!!