Catalina Islands at enough distance from the coast, are deserted and circled by various currents, they are an outstanding location to find an important diversity of marine species, including schools of enormous manta rays.
You may also see several types of sharks, giant sea turtles, jacks, eels. grunts, barracuda, snapper, angelfish and other sorts of colorful fish.
Catalina Islands visibility circumstances may vary quickly and without warning due to the amount of plankton in the water. and can go from 6 meters (20 feet) on a bad day to 35 meters (115 feet) on a great day.
Water temperature goes from 21°C (70°F) to 26°C (79°F).
To get to Catalina Islands You will come out from the area of Flamingo, with qualified local dive instructors that have lived in the region and know these waters better than anyone. Hence, they will determine the best points for you according to the day.
For a marine nature lover Catalina Islands, it’s a must with a vast array of species of fish and other creatures of different colors, sizes, and shapes.
Rays abound in the area and in numerous species, including stingrays, manta rays, spotted rays, bullseye rays, bat rays, and the impressive mobular ray.
Sometimes you may see them very close to the surface swimming as if they are flying while they move their incredible 4 to 6 meters (13-20 feet) flaps.
This is quite close to the marine turtles nesting beaches of Playa Grande, so it is not rare to see these beautiful dinosaurs swimming around.