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.