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Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island, situated in Santa Barbara County, California, United States, is the largest and most diverse of the eight Channel Islands. Divided into East and West, the East End is under the ownership of the National Park Service while the west is managed by the Nature Conservancy. These portions of the island are prime locations for diving, with access only possible by boat.

The Santa Barbara Channel and Southern California Bight are home to an impressive variety of marine life, including 28 out of the 80 documented species of whales and dolphins found worldwide. Divers can marvel at these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.

To fully experience the wonders of these islands, diving via liveaboard is the preferred choice among enthusiasts. With visibility reaching up to 9 meters and a maximum depth of 14 meters, divers of all levels, from beginners to advanced, can explore the vibrant underwater ecosystems found in this region. Start your underwater adventure at Santa Cruz Island and uncover the beauty that lies beneath the waters of Southern California.

Last updated: 8 mo. ago - Oct 3, 2023

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