Please enjoy some feedback from our customers and the live feed video below from Anacapa.
The Peace is the premier dive boat in Southern California. Great dive spots, comfortable galley, the best food and one of the most awesome crews anywhere. I’m in one of the oldest dive clubs in the area and, between us, we have several hundred years dive experience and we all agree on one thing: We Love The Peace! Where else can you get great food, movies in the galley, a hot tub and some of the best diving in all of California in the same day. I’ll let you in on a secret...sometimes the diving is so great I don’t even bother with the hot tub (nicknamed “the fourth dive of the day”). And we all agree that the crew is the most accommodating and helpful ever. I’ve been on the boat with photographers, sightseers, classes and hunters and all have the same reaction to the boat: They love it!
p.s. Can’t wait to go back out again!
The Peace Dive Boat and crew is a very professional operation that works hard in making your dive experience memorable. The crew will go out of their way to assist you in any way or form, ranging from general dive advice, equipment repair, or any special needs. The crew is well-rounded and can answer general questions with Fish and Wildlife, photography, technical diving, and hunting, I highly recommend this operation and will not dive any other boat. Can't forget to mention the food!
Dr. Kevin Kwak
Why do I love diving on the Peace?
Let me count the ways...
First and foremost, the crew of the Peace is the best I've ever encountered, bar none, in my 50+ years of diving.
They always work as a team.
They're very safety conscience while allowing those who've earned their trust to be a bit more adventurous.
They're a fun loving bunch who always give as well as they get.
They can always be counted on to take the boat to the best dive locations, weather permitting.
How the crew operates and interacts with us paying passengers, their demeanor, their consistency of operations, safety concerns, etc. is wholly a function of owner, Eric Bowman..
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Eric, aside from being a tall guy with funky short legs and weird knees, is a consummate professional dive boat owner/operator.
I was watching Eric give the night dive briefing on a recent 2 day bug diving trip. Of course, I've seen Eric give many briefings over the years, but I remember remarking to a friend about how impressive Eric's briefing was. It was so very thorough, practical, and delivered in a very calm clear manner that all could understand.
At the end of a trip, regardless of whether or not the diving was good or I got my game limits, I could count on the fact that I had fun...because of the crew.
From a purely practical perspective, diving on the Peace is enhanced by their hot tub. When the water's cold or the weather really sucks, being able to able to pour hot water into your suit between dives to keep warm makes the difference between a miserable experience and another fun day of diving. And how did I ever put up with dive boats that didn't have hot water available for me to pour into and warm up my wetsuit before the first dive?
And have I mentioned the crack office staff?
For any of those interested in Diving the Channel Islands whether it be for pleasure diving or hunting fish and lobsters there is no better boat or crew to help make your experience the best one possible. I have been diving on the Peace for about 10 years and it is something I look forward to on my calendar time and time again. The crew always knows where to go and will go through tremendous effort to make your time on their boat the best one possible. I really couldn’t imagine a crew that could be more friendly and oriented to taking care of their divers.
I have used the Peace dive boat for many years as a customer and a charterer for our dive club Channel Islands Divers and my current business, Channel Islands Dive Adventures and the Peace is by far my favorite. I have been on and chartered many other boats and the Peace and crew have consistently been the best for service and quality for my customers and myself. The Captains (Eric & Kevin) know the islands very well and can get you on great dive sites and the crew (most have worked on the Peace for a long time now) are always top notch, friendly and ready to help. Also, if you go hungry on the Peace there is something wrong-the food is always good and plentiful. The other nice thing is the Peace is always clean and neat and everyone seems to take great pride in working on the Peace. If you are looking for an excellent dive boat to use in SoCal then look no further!
Ken Kollwitz, Channel Islands Dive Adventures
I have been diving on the Peace dive boat for over 24 years. I average 4 multi-day trips per year and it is the boat I dive exclusively because they consistently provide the very best dive experience to their customers. Let me explain.
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The Peace was the original “All inclusive” format dive boat. There is no keeping track of air fills, food and drinks, they are all included and in generous portions. The only additional charge is for those who dive Nitrox. You know exactly what the trip will cost you before you get there. That is very important to the budget conscious diver.
In an era when everyone is looking for the newest and best, one might overlook the virtues of a boat of this vintage. Owner Eric Bowman, is constantly looking for ways to upgrade the Peace and he is not afraid to spend the money to make that happen. Every winter the boat comes out of the water and it never ceases to amaze me how he can reconfigure it to be more user friendly. It is remarkable how much better this boat is now as compared to when I first discovered it.
Every charter boat has its’ own unique character. The Captain and crew set the tone. From the diver’s perspective the first thing you want to know is, “Will I be safe?” The other question is “Am I going to have a great time?” The answer to both is a resounding YES! Your safety their top priority. The crew has extensive training in first aid and rescue and they monitor their divers constantly. The Captain gives you a thorough briefing at each dive sight including currents, visibility, and what you can expect to find on the bottom. The dive master and crew do tank counts, verbal and visual roll-calls following each dive. The boat never moves until everyone is accounted for. They also make it a point to learn your name which is part of the character of this boat. When you exit the water onto the swim step someone is there to remove your fins and another deck hand is there to hand them to you at the top of the ladder and check you in as they hand you back your fins. It’s the little things that make a difference.
There are just enough rules to keep things pleasant for everyone. Mostly, it is common sense stuff and the captain goes through them at the beginning of each trip. You will notice that the crew is working all the time, but they do it, with an easy style. They are having fun and the mood is comfortable and upbeat. Having a salt water hot tub and a padded deck up top gives you lots of ways to enjoy your time out of the water. The galley is large and comfortable with seating for everyone at dinner.
Great diving comes from a combination of several factors. You need great dive site options and the Channel Islands are loaded with them and the crew of the Peace is very familiar with all of them. They move the boat to a new location after every dive and you can expect to get in 4 dives on single day trips and 6 day dives and an additional night dive on multi-day trips. That is a lot of bottom time. They have high volume dual compressors to fill tanks up to 3500# with DIN fittings and getting NITROX is as simple as showing your certification card and putting a NITROX tag on your tank. And there is no need to strip off your BC and cart your tank to a fill station. Just sit on the bench and secure your tank and BC to the rail and put a fill tag on your tank and the crew takes care of the rest. Your dive bag is conveniently located beneath the bench. It doesn’t get any easier than that! Besides, once you are out you are going to be hungry and the cook has something prepared for you after every dive.
One of the other distinguishing factors that sets this boat apart from the rest is the quality and generosity of the food that they provide. There are no shortcuts such as burgers or frozen burritos. This is a floating restaurant that serves up high quality homemade meals and snacks throughout the day. On the multi-day trips you are treated to a sit down dinner on real plates with all the service of your favorite local restaurant. Conversations are easy and there is always a lot of laughter as everyone shares the adventures of the day.
I've been on quite a few charters with the Peace Dive Boat; both single and multi day outings over the years. Angie/Eric run a 1st rate operation. The crew is always friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable of the offshore environment of Southern California. I've always had good experiences on the Peace.
What can I say about the Peace?
Of all the dive boats I’ve used, the Peace has consistently been the best. Best food – providing a full meal for lunch is so important. Best service - the crew knocks themselves out to provide the best diving available, often at the expense of the profit margin or their own convenience. Even when weather and sea don’t want to cooperate, Skippers Eric and Kevin use their fantastic knowledge and experience to seek out the best conditions available.
What makes the ‘Peace’ my favorite California dive boat?
1. Great crew(s): experience, safety, friendliness, accommodating.
2. Excellent Customer Service.
3. Great vessel: large stern platform for easy re-boarding, Nitrox, solid vessel.
4. Relaxed, but very safe dive operations.
5. Endless list of excellent dive sites within range.
6. ‘Two anchor’ system on most dives.
7. Infamous hot tub
Diving the Channel Islands Live Ocean Webcam
A parternship between the National Park Service and the Ventura County Office of Education has brought to you a live Ocean Webcam located within the landing cove on Anacapa Island.