Guided Scuba Diving Tours on Catalina Island
Catalina Island is a diver’s paradise. It doesn’t matter of you are an expert or a beginner, there are dives for everyone here. Guided tours are available from most of the dive shops in town, with experienced dive masters as your tour guides. With visibility ranging from 60ft in the summer to as much as 100ft in the winter, Catalina is the perfect place to book you next dive vacation.
OK, let’s assume for second that you aren’t certified and you’ve never dived before. Catalina is the perfect place to learn. For beginners, the Casino Point Underwater Dive Park is perfect. It’s a walk-in dive (descend stairs into the water), where you’ll see all manner of sea life, and even a wrecked glass bottom boat. Everything is arranged for you, you simply need to show up at the Casino, and you will be taken care of from there. There are introductory dives available, as well as refresher dives if you need to re-certify.
For more experienced divers, there are a number of dive boat charters and dive tours to some of Catalina’s more challenging dives. Just offshore, there are dozens of wrecks that you can explore, as well as underwater walls, and reefs. The dive masters on Catalina are experienced and know these locations, and the conditions, inside out. IF you own your own stuff, many of the dive tour packages will include gear transport from the mainland, and from your hotel to the dock where you’ll board your boat.
On this page you’ll find all of the guided dive tours on Catalina Island, complete with contact info and a short review.
Guided Dive Tours on Catalina Island
Catalina Diver’s Supply
Catalina Diver’s Supply offer a few option for guided tours on Catalina Island. First – Novices and expert diver’s alike can take a guided tour of the Casino Point Underwater Dive Park. At the park you’ll be able to explore the mini-wall, the kelp forest, and even a wrecked glass bottom boat. They also offer chartered tours aboard their customized full service dive boat the “Scuba Cat”. If you’ve been out of the water for over a year and you need to refresh your PADI certification, they offer a special “SCUBA Tune-Up program. Any dive tour you choose to do with Catalina Island Diver’s Supply will be fun, educational, and professional.
Shore Dive Tours Pricing: Single tank/two hour shore dives at Casino Point are $115 per person for parties of two or less; parties of two or more $100 per person. If you want to do a second guided dive in the same day – it’s $60 per person.
Boat Dive Tours Pricing: Two tank dive is $100.00 (Morning departure 9am or 10am, returns 2pm or 3:00pm). Three tank dive is $125.00 (Morning departure 9am or 10am only – no afternoon departure.)
All dive tours depart from the Green Pleasure Pier. You are required to check-in 20-45 minutes early. Don’t be late! Special Events, charters, groups, film shoots. Whatever your need, Catalina Diver’s Supply can accommodate you.
Catalina Diver’s Supply is located at #7 Green Pleasure Pier, Avalon, CA 90704. For more information and reservations, visit www.catalinadiverssupply.com or call (800) 353 0330.
Catalina Dive Shop
Catalina Dive shop offers a whole range of dive tours, and services. Most popular is their tour of the Casino Point Dive Park and Transport to and from the Casino is provided. Introductory dives and refresher dives are available, as well as guided dives of the park, wreck diving, and night diving with an experienced dive master who know the island conditions intimately.
If you have your own boat, you can hire a guide to take you to some of Catalina’s awesome dive spots. Hire a dive master/instructor to show you exactly where to go, tell you about conditions/hazards/points of interest, and lead your dive.
Enroll your kids in DIve Camp! Catalina Dive Shop is the only dive outfit to offer a dive camp for kids on Catalina Island. Tailored for children ages 8-12, using equipment that is specially fitted for kids, they learn to do real dives in the ocean. Call for availability and pricing.
Catalina Dive Shop Guided Dive Tour Prices: Guided Scuba Tours of Casino Point Dive Park (private) $119, or Guided Scuba Tours of Casino Point Dive Park (private) $119, or for two or more persons $99 for two or more persons. Introductory dives are (private) $129, or $99 for two or more persons. Tour the Vallant! Explore one of Catalina’s most famous shipwrecks with an experienced dive master from Catalina Dive Shop. Night Dives! They mostly come out at night… mostly… Well, not for me, but more hardcore diver’s like night diving. Both of these special dive tours are $149 for parties of two or less, or $119 for two or more.
For more information and reservations, visit www.catalinadiveshop.com or call (310) 510 8558.
The experienced dive masters at Scuba Luv can take you on a 1.5hr tour of the Casino Underwater Dive Park, where you’ll see spiny lobsters, all manner of fish, the wreck of the Sue Jac, and explore the abundant kelp forests. There is a reason why so many of the tours go here – it is arguably one of the best dive’s on the island, if not the world. You must be a PADI certified diver (current) with proof of certification. If you’ve never dived before, Scuba Luv offers introductory courses to get you up to speed.
Scuba Luv accepts walk-ins from 8am-4pm daily, so you can just show up, however, be nice and call ahead for reservations if you can! If you are planning a night dive, add $10 to your fee, and supply your own underwater flashlight (they do not rent flashlights).
Shore Dive at Casino Point Underwater Dive Park Price $65. Night dives add $10. Additional dives same day are $55. Parties of two or less add $20.
Scuba Luv is located at 126 Catalina Avenue, Avalon, CA 90704. Visit www.scubaluv.biz or call (310) 510 2350 or toll free (800) BOB DIVE.