Just off the coast of Southern California in the waters surrounding Catalina Island resides an underwater civilization as awe-inspiring as the city above. To see it, the experienced divers of Diving Catalina outfit explorers of all skill levels to swim over the marine landscape, leading journeys into the protected Casino Point Underwater Dive Park and the kelp forest. In addition to guiding tours, Diving Catalina also rents snorkeling equipment and leads classes that range from introductory dives to advanced, postcertification scuba training to become the next Aquaman.
Daily parasailing trips at Island Water Charters bestow the gift of flight to wingless humans, who float over Catalina Island at heights of 600 feet. Groups of parasailers climb aboard a 31-foot Ocean Pro boat and set sail for an adventure through sea and sky. After the crew secures visitors in their life vest and harness, a massive parachute lifts them skyward. Jaws drop at spectacular views and the opportunity to take a bite of fresh cloud meat, and people can request to be lowered to dip feet in the water while trolling along behind the boat. After their hang time comes to an end, fliers are safely returned to the boat to watch their friends soar through the great blue yonder.
Nobody leaves the Splash Dash 5K dry. A series of splash stations equipped with massive showers, shallow pools, and careening water balloons litter the 3.1-mile course, waiting to soak every participant before they cross the finish line. Down one straightaway, runners may confront a gang of volunteers ready to blast them with water guns, only to turn a corner and face the deluge of a fire hose. After braving the watery gauntlet, runners of all ages celebrate their victories at the Splash Dash Bash after party, where prizes are awarded for the best costumes and finish times as runners dance to music and attempt to dry off by matching the speed of their washer's spin cycle.
Part artist and part fashionista, Morgan Culture creates clothes that give customers the opportunity to own one-of-a-kind garments. Her signature line, LAYGS, includes cozy leggings decorated with stenciled spray paint in unique designs that never repeat. Morgan creates each pair by hand in the United States, and she even offers tutorials on her blog on how people can design their own stenciled accessories by themselves. For more formal affairs, Morgan also creates artistic wedding gowns and stylish headpieces.
During a 2.5-hour Dolphin Adventure, experienced guides lead snorkel-breathing sightseers through glittering deep-sea waters teeming with aquatic life. As the group glides toward the dive site aboard the 46-foot Scuba Cat, a custom-built dive boat, guests can employ the ship’s two camera tables to play paparazzi with dolphins, sea lions, and whales or let marine biologist and maritime manager Captain Carl regale them with sea-creature trivia, such as the name of Moby Dick's pet goldfish. At their destination, they'll disembark via wide-stepped ladders that skim the water’s surface to ease snorkelers' entry into the deep blue. Then, trailing an experienced guide, they'll penetrate the inner sanctum of a leafy kelp forest to feast their eyes upon lobsters, fish, and confused lumberjacks.