Islander Spear Fishing: Frequently Asked Questions
All divers regardless of discipline must download and complete the following Watersports Waiver
Detailed boat specifications can be found in the Boat Specs section of this website but here are few details that will be useful to divers.
What is Islanders diving season?
While Islander is offshore on multi-day trips in search of Tuna and other pelagics during the peak of the summer, our dive season runs from September the beginning of July each year. September and October are spent at Guadalupe Island cage diving with Great White Sharks. Lobster trips in California waters begin in October while Long-range dive trips down the Baja peninsula begin in November. Check out the Schedule page for details.
Do you supply rental gear?
While we do not supply rental gear onboard, we will gladly arrange for any rental gear you may need including tanks, wetsuits and complete dive packages with advance notice. Just Contact us with your details such as height, weight and sex so that we can secure this gear for you.
Do you allow hunting on scuba?
Yes, hunting is allowed on Scuba in California waters only. Divers collecting game in California must be in possession of a current fishing license and possess appropriate measuring devices.
In Mexican waters, spearfishing is only permitted while freediving. Mexican regulations also prohibit the taking of any and all shellfish. Look but don't touch. All freedivers spearfishing in Mexico waters must possess a Mexican fishing permit.
What is the diving like at each site?
Detailed descriptions of our dive sites can be viewed by clicking on the dive sites button. Our full range is on the diving coast map.
What is the usual water temperature?
Southern California/Northern Baja surface temperatures range from the low 60's during spring months to a high near 75 degrees through summer and fall. Although surface temperatures are relatively warm during the summer months, divers will experience a sharp thermocline towards the bottom which is very standard in California diving so you want to be well insulated. The coldest water temperatures but best visibility occur in the winter months where it can drop into the mid 50's then warming up again towards June. Some offshore destination can have visibility up to 100' or more while visibility at island destinations usually range from 30'-80'.
Traveling south into Baja, divers will be treated to an extremely unique experience as they dive their way south through the latitudes into progressively warmer water. The full scope of Baja's pacific underwater flora and fauna can be experienced as it transitions from cold productive into warm tropical waters. In a ten day trip, divers may begin their trip in 60 degree water and finish the trip in 80 degree water with no thermocline. Visibility rarely goes below 30 feet and can be as high as 150 feet in many places. Experienced divers will enjoy our open ocean pinnacle diving as well as pristine islands but should be aware that strong currents and choppy surface conditions are frequent challenges and part of diving in untamed and pristine environments.
Do I need dive insurance?
Islander Charters strongly recommends that all divers, regardless of experience, carry valid dive insurance. Islander Charters does not provide insurance of any kind. Divers can buy dive insurance through Divers Alert Network. This is especially encouraged for traveling divers.