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Snorkel Lover's Cove, a protected marine preserve for decades. It’s a short walk to the cove where your tour begins. You will first be introduced to snorkeling with a gear orientation, than snorkeling techniques and an explanation of important safety procedures.
At this point, your snorkeling equipment will be issued to you. Is it cold in the water? No, not when you’re wearing the proper gear. Wet suits are easy to wear, keep you warm and help you float. A thick wetsuit is included depending on the time of year.
As you enter the water, you'll begin to notice the diversity of marine life Catalina and Lover’s Cove has to offer.
Your instructor will free-dive to the seafloor and gather marine animals and bring them up to the surface. They will also teach you about Catalinas' algae based eco-system. Sea stars, sea urchins, lobsters and sometimes an octopus are most commonly located. The cove’s under sea gardens harbors hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates, which you can meet face to face. Your instructors feed the fish during the tour so you're able to witness a "feeding frenzy". Bright orange Garibaldi, bold as their coloring, will eat right out of your hand along with Kelp bass, Senorita fish, Blacksmith and Opaleye.
- Snorkel time is approximately 45 minutes.
- Minimum age is 8 years.
- Maximum weight is 265 lbs for men, 220 lbs for women.
- Guests with certain medical conditions may not be allowed to participate (asthma, pneumothorax, lung disease, heart disease and/or heart attacks, high blood pressure, epilepsy (seizures), diabetes, ear and/or sinus problems, taking behavior modification medication or has had major surgery in the last six months)
- All participants must be able to swim.