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The Truth Aquatics Fleet uses a Nuvair membrane system to provide 32% nitrox fills aboard. Because of this system and the mix used it is not required to have O2 cleaned tanks. Bring your own tank or rent one from Sea Landing Dive Center before your next trip. Learn more.

Join Us For A One-Day Island Adventure!

Boy with Kayak Paddle

Young Kayaker

Photo: ©Ralph A. Clevenger

From April to September, we will be running weekly 1-day Island Adventure trips to the famous Painted Cave area of Santa Cruz Island for Kayaking, Snorkeling, SCUBA Diving, and more. These are a perfect venue to get you and your family in the water at the Santa Barbara Channel Islands!

What is an Island Adventure?
Island Adventure trips are single day trips primarily focused on snorkeling and kayaking. You are able to rent kayaks or snorkeling gear from the SEA Landing Dive Center before departure or book a guided Kayaking experience thought one of our recommended guide services. However, interested guests are welcome to SCUBA dive, use standup paddle-boards, fish, swim, or just lay around on our sundeck! Check out this video to see what it is like!

What is the usual itinerary?
Island Adventures depart from the SEA Landing docks at 8am. A continental breakfast is served during the crossing to Santa Cruz Island, and brief stops will be made to observe any whales, dolphins, and other interesting marine life that we encounter. We usually make it to Painted Cave by 10am, and after a short tour we anchor up a short distance to the East at Quail Rock.

After anchoring, we will begin the fun! We will unload kayaks and paddleboards, outfit snorkelers with wetsuits, and fill up tanks for the divers. We also offer the opportunity to take a skiff tour into Painted Cave for a closer look. A barbecued lunch will be served at about 1pm, and we generally depart the island by 2:30pm in order to get us back to the SEA Landing dock by 5pm.

California Channel Islands Liveaboard Diving, Kayaking and Island Hiking

Truth Aquatics is an award winning liveaboard dive fleet, offering unique diving experiences, kayaking and standup paddle boarding activities, as well as island hiking in and around the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.

Based in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, Truth Aquatics has been operating dive boat trips off the coast of Southern and Central California since 1974. Whether you are an avid diver or a family looking for an unforgettable family vacation, Truth Aquatics has something to offer everyone.

Enjoy the ultimate in peaceful relaxation: no crowds to fight, no lines, no tourist traps, only scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, sunbathing, island hiking, whale watching and more!

With amazing photo-ops both above and below the water, incredible food, breathtaking California sunsets, and top-notch service from one of the best dive boat crews in the country, Truth Aquatics is your perfect vacation getaway.

Diver on anchor line

California Scuba Diving in the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary

The Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary is one of the most unique underwater environments in the world. Scuba Diving in kelp forests and with sea lions is a rewarding experience for divers more accustomed to tropical waters. Similar to the tropics, the waters are clear with lavish flora and fauna representing every color imaginable, but unlike tropical diving, the giant kelp and playful sea lions offer another dimension to your diving experience. more…

Girl in kayak

Kayaking and
Standup Paddle Boarding

Kayaking and standup paddle boarding are fun and safe activities for the entire family. Kayaking with dolphins, whales and sea lions is an adventure beyond words. With proper safety equipment, anyone can learn to paddle. From sheltered paddling sites to an open water kayaking adventure from island to island, the Channel Islands offer kayak and standup paddle boarding opportunities for all levels. Bring your own gear or rent from the Sea Landing Dive Center. more...

Hikers on San Miguel Island

Island Hiking Excursions in the Channel Islands National Park

Hiking the beautiful Channel Islands National Park is a rare opportunity to experience a one-of a-kind pristine ecological habitat. Because this area of the world has not been geared toward mass tourism the benefit is a unique environment teeming with plants and animals native to the islands, unspoiled beaches and secluded lagoons. Truth Aquatics offers multi-day live aboard trips to the channel islands for opportunities to discover more than just one area during your visit. more…