Shore diving trip #1
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Total days 3.5
Total dives: 6
Average water temp: 80
Average depth: 14
Highest depth: 18
Ease of entry: 7 out of 10 (10 being best)
slight current towards north at pier/5-10 minute swim time to get out to descend point/
1 perfectly flat dive out of 6
haul out of water a bit harder. There is a sandy ledge that your foot sinks into up to ankle. No problem for my husband but I went to knees LMAO three times before we learned that I just needed to hang out to his arm to pull myself over that ledge. Like I said, fabulous forty (and a little out of shape)
We left our house about 8:30 am and headed south on 95. Took us about 2.5 hours to get there. Arrived in LBTS around 11 am. We drove around a bit to get the lay of the land. I used the handy GPS on my crackberry to find Datura Ave. Pretty easy. head towards the pier, straight down from 95 and make left turn. Took the first left onto datura and drove 1 block to the beach. Found the parking area easy. 8 or so meter spots right next to beach. We parked for a few minuted and walked around to look at the close hotels. A Scubaboard member mentioned that it was about $4 in parking for 4 hours. So we did some calculating and decided to look arpund close walking hotels. We figured take that off for 2-3 dives a day and it paid to be close for ease of equipment loading and unloading. Windjammer was $118 night, guy wasn’t really super nice and I am all about the first vibe so we walked further. We ended up looking across the street and found this cute little flash from the past beachside in called Santa Barbara Inn. I noticed the outdoor shower on the corner and thought that would be perfect for my obsessive equipment cleaning husband. We went in talked to Bev & Gil and had a look at the room. Spacious enough efficiency with small kitchen. Kitchen had everything we needed including refrigerator, stove, sink, microwave, dishes, and a coffee pot. Cost was $88 plus taxes. Came to just under $98.
We checked in. Lugged the upstairs to second floor. Had a tasty adult beverage and walked over to the beach to have a good look.
Water was a bit choppy with 2-3ft waves but there was a heck of a current pulling to the pier and it was getty cloudy with storms a brewing. We decided to head out to get some provisions and check back in an hour. There was a dive shop on the corner call Deep Six Dive (walking distance), a mediterranean looking place called Keese’s next door.
1 block away was the pier with plenty of cute little shops, restaurants, esplanade and a fabulous icecream place called Kilwins.
Got unpacked and tested the waters again. Too much like hard work for a dive. There was alot of clouds and thunder and lightning so we went for a swim till about 5:30 hoping it would turn for the better. lots of fish in the water. We kept getting pinged by them and Richard stepped on something pretty big. At 5:30 we decided to have a few cocktails on the balcony. We enjoyed the sunset and the lightning strikes off the water till about 8:30. I was famished by then and a little tipsy so we headed out for food. One downside is unless you go by the pier alot of the little restaurants last seating was by 9pm.
We ended up just grabbing some grub from Keese’s ound the corner, just a short 3 minute walk away. We started with fried calamari. It was frozen and acceptable but not nearly ad good as the rest of the food. I had an gyro and my husband had the checken best wrap. Great sledction of vegetarian items for vegans. Good eating, great fries, reasonably priced. Downside no beer, wine or liquor. We headed back and decided to hit the sack by 11 to start diving early. We brought 4 tanks and were itching to start. So alarm set for 6 am.