About the Raptor Dive Charter:
The Raptor Dive Charter is a 46-foot-long dive boat sporting a lovely 16 foot beam. With cruising speeds of just over 17 knots, The Raptor will have us in the water in the beautiful Channel Islands in a little over an hour.
About Channel Island Diving:
The kelp forests, sea caves, and coves of the park await the adventurous diver. Some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world can be done right here within the park. An extremely rich and diverse community of marine mammals is found on and around the Channel Islands. Many species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) and cetaceans (whales and dolphins) either breed on the islands or feed in the productive waters of the Santa Barbara Channel.
Visitors to the islands often spot huge pods of common dolphins and smaller groups of Risso’s dolphins, and occasionally see the more rare pacific white-sided and bottlenose dolphins. Dolphins feed on anchovies and other small fish, and follow schools of these prey as they move around the channel. Often groups of dolphins will come to a boat and ride the bow wave for long distances.