Channel Islands (California)
The Channel Islands, also known as the Santa Barbara Islands, lie off the coast of of California in the United States, between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles and lie in Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and Los Angeles County.
Channel Islands National Park - (Ventura) Close to the California mainland, yet worlds apart, Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else.
San Nicolas is the furthest of the Channel Islands from the mainland. Charter dive boats such as The Great Escape need seven to eight hours to reach SNI from Long Beach. Another option is Scuba Locker, of Riverside, CA which organizes scheduled dive trips. Boats usually leave around 9:00 or 10:00PM.
San Nicolas -- Scuba diving is about the only activity available to civilians. Large spiny lobsters are the target of the eager divers. However, the diving environs are quite rough and available to experienced/certified divers only. Because of its hostile but productive dive environment, it has become legendary among California divers.