Catalina and Bat Islands
- Large animal encounters
- More advanced dive sites
- Experienced and professional dive guides
- High-quality equipment provided
The Catalina Islands
The Catalina Islands are a seasonal home to the majestic Giant Pacific Manta Rays who come to visit its many cleaning stations.
From January through April you have a chance to see these incredible creatures as they glide and dance through the water above you.
About 45 minutes away by boat, the Catalina’s also often hosts large roving schools of golden rays and devil rays, sometimes numbering in the hundreds. Because it is a bit farther from the coast, the chances of seeing humpback whales and whale sharks are increased. These small islands are a pit stop for big pelagic animals!
The Bat Islands
The Bat Islands are located about one hour away by boat. Part of Santa Rosa National Park and known UNESCO world-heritage site, the Bat Islands are a wild place indeed.
Home to over a dozen large bull sharks, and numerous schools of large fish, it is a place where you might see anything and everything. Because it is so far from the mainland, pelagic fish often cruise by, and it’s not unusual to see sailfish, manta rays, whale sharks, and more.
This is a site for experienced divers only, and seasonally available from May through November. This is a full-day trip and a gourmet sandwich lunch is included.