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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Kelp Forest Scuba Diving On Catalina Island

    In LA a few days early for a charter flight to Tahiti so I went scuba diving Friday in the kelp forest at the Casino Point Underwater Park on Catalina Island. It was cold water diving (56 degrees) so I'm sure I will enjoy the warm waters of French Polynesia next week. Catalina Island is about 22 miles off the LA coast. It takes the fast ferry about an hour to reach the port of Avalon on Catalina Island. We visited the island a couple of years ago when our cruise ship, the Celebrity Century stopped there. Catalina is a beautiful resort destination that offers many leisure-time activities. On the ferry there were sport fishermen, hikers, a boy scout troop from Redondo Beach, California, and lots of people who just wanted to escape the city for a day of sunbathing, etc. I did enjoy a dive in Catalina in 2014, but I did not have my camera so I was unable to take underwater photos. This time I brought my camera rig and I enjoyed two separate dives. The underwater environment in Southern California features kelp forests, a unique and beautiful type of vegetation. There is also a wonderful variety of fish and other wildlife that inhabit the kelp forests. I took these photos during my two dives yesterday.

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    amyb is online now
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    Re: Kelp Forest Scuba Diving On Catalina Island

    I enjoyed this post and look forward to seeing more of undersea life through your eyes.

    Safe travels.
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    Re: Kelp Forest Scuba Diving On Catalina Island

    Can't wait to see your magnificent photos from Tahiti

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    Re: Kelp Forest Scuba Diving On Catalina Island

    Have a good trip. Try to get to Moorea while you're there. Hope you get some time in California on your way back. The time change is brutal coming home.


    Andy

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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Re: Kelp Forest Scuba Diving On Catalina Island

    Quote Originally Posted by andynap View Post
    Have a good trip. Try to get to Moorea while you're there. Hope you get some time in California on your way back. The time change is brutal coming home.
    Thanks, Andy...we are overnighting in LA on the way back. We are touring and I am diving Moorea.
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    Re: Kelp Forest Scuba Diving On Catalina Island

    Great photos! Enjoy your trip - Tahiti is still on our list!
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    Re: Kelp Forest Scuba Diving On Catalina Island

    That is truly like diving in an aquarium. Beautiful sights, Jim. What other stops do you have on your French Polynesian itinerary? Rangiroa, perhaps?
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    Re: Kelp Forest Scuba Diving On Catalina Island

    Wow, what awesome photos! I'll look forward to your Tahitian posts for sure. Have a great trip!

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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Re: Kelp Forest Scuba Diving On Catalina Island

    Quote Originally Posted by GramChop View Post
    That is truly like diving in an aquarium. Beautiful sights, Jim. What other stops do you have on your French Polynesian itinerary? Rangiroa, perhaps?
    Missy...we're starting in Papeete, then Moorea, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Huahine, and Raiatea. We have lots planned and we'll try to report in if we can. Our flight to FP leaves later on this afternoon from LAX.
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    Re: Kelp Forest Scuba Diving On Catalina Island

    I had a very similar itinerary back in 2001. I didn't make it to Raiatea....opted for the Kia Ora Sauvage on Rangiroa for 4 days instead. The best decision EVER! We encountered some amazing sights during the entire trip. I would share photos but they were Hurricane Katrina collateral. I look foward to seeing yours whenever you get them uploaded. I hope you have a marvelous time!

    I sure hope Dan will have opportunity to paint? There are some amazing sights above water, too. :)
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    Jim Kelly-Evans is offline
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    Re: Kelp Forest Scuba Diving On Catalina Island

    Quote Originally Posted by GramChop View Post

    I sure hope Dan will have opportunity to paint? There are some amazing sights above water, too. :)
    Dan is bring sketch pads and maybe watercolors...I think he will be inspired. Thanks for the Bon Voyage wishes!
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