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Anacapa Island
Channel Islands National Park

Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean

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Arches , Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest


Arch Rock is a popular Channel Islands dive site with rock formation and pinnacles that ascend upward from the rocky bottom creating dynamic and beautiful seascape. There are several pinnacles and conditions may dictate which are accessible on any one occasion. Divers are certain to see abalone, gorgonians, and countless other macro delights. Donít be surprised by the resident sea lion populations who may join you on your dive. Donít forget to look up occasionally to see schools of yellowfin tuna that tend to circle the island.

Special Restrictions:

With bottom depths ranging about 50í- 80í and potentially strong current, this site is rated advanced. Thermoclines, especially in summer months, may decrease visibility at the surface but tends to clear up at depths about 20í- 40í. Currents and surface conditions are more sever in the winter months and the site is often unavailable to divers during this time due to the inherent risks. Beware of entering caves without proper training, even small ones.

How to get there:

Arch Rock is located on the Northeast point of East Anacapa Island, about 100yards off shore.

As with all dive sites at Anacapa Island, you will need a boat to access them. It is recommended that you select a local charter from Santa Barbara, Ventura, or other local charter that offers service to Anacapa Island. Anacapa Island is more protected from storms and thus tends to offer clearer, warmer water than the other islands in the northern Channel Islands, making it an ideal, and reliable, charter destination especially for visitors, less experienced divers and snorkelers.

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