Catalina has some great colors and sea creatures to see when snorkeling.
As a serious snorkeler, I used to partake in the activity at least once a day for the whole time I lived on Catalina, which was 10 years. You can’t do anything on Catalina job-wise except wait on tables at restaurants, and other things that cater to tourists. I got to be 30 years old, and decided I needed to figure out something career-wise.
I never knew how much snorkeling was part of my life until I had to leave Catalina, due to having to get something called a “real job.” Snorkeling opens up an incredible world of sea life that you never knew existed. Colors and creatures abound, including bright orange garibaldi and black perch. Practically every day, I would see this giant sea bass, nearly 7 feet long, who I got to know and named him Gill. I miss snorkeling and especially Gill. The good news is I found a real job in Florida, and can keep snorkeling.
As an avid snorkeler, having lived on Catalina, I thought I had experienced just about all the greatest snorkeling spots there are here in the United States, and that’s including Hawaii.
Then came my Florida trip. There are dozens of nice springs that are very accessible in north and central Florida. Scuba divers are partial to the caves in Florida, but cave diving is very hazardous and divers are always dying. Plus cave divers need very expensive dive gear. The snorkelers in Florida call their particular sport “spring hopping.”