Santa Cruz

This island is a captivating archaeological treasure trove with a history spanning at least 10,000 years. Positioned at 34.0043 degrees north latitude and -119.771 degrees longitude, Santa Cruz, initially named Limuw by Chumash Natives and later referred to as San Lucas by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, underwent a nomenclature evolution, culminating in its present name—Santa Cruz—likely influenced by missionaries from San Buenaventura Mission between 1602 and 1782. The island has witnessed disputes over ownership, sheep ranching, and military applications, including activities during the Second World War. Currently, 24% of the island is under the control of the National Park Service.

Santa Cruz beckons with exceptional diving opportunities. Blessed with numerous coves providing shelter from the elements, the island offers excellent diving experiences. Some areas showcase a vibrant seascape, painted in hues of purple and red by diverse urchins, while others present the chance to dive alongside California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals. The region is either a habitat or part of the migration route for 27 species of whales and dolphins and five species of pinnipeds. Whatever your diving preferences, Santa Cruz is likely to fulfill them with its rich and diverse underwater offerings.