We will be visiting the end of April, beginning of May. What is the average water temp and are the wet suits adequate to keep you warm if the water is cool. What is the average air temps that time of year? We are considering the kayak and snorkeling package; we have experience doing both. Both of us have snorkeled but in warm Caribbean waters, both of us have (tandem) kayaked in cool Maine ocean waters as well as the Westfield River (Race) in late winter. Looking forward to spending some time on Santa Cruz and experiencing what your guides have to share.
As has been mentioned, the wetsuits don't have sleeves, So if that's of concern to you, being a rashguard. Otherwise, the wetsuit they provide you is fine.
I believe the water temperature is pretty consistently the same throughout the year according to the guides. However the guides at Channel Island Outfitters would know precisely what you would need in terms of wetsuits and they are quite responsive. So I would give them a call or contact them via email. When we went this summer they did have 'hoodies' for us which was nice. If you have done sea kayaking in Maine then you'll be fine. Enjoy!
Jude- It is our spring, which means fog in the morning. The temperature can vary between 58 and 75. I would encourage you to book your reservation for the afternoon when it's most likely to be closer to 75°. Yes the water temperature is cold but the wetsuits are adequate I would enjoy as much time in the water and around it as you can.
See the note below. It's VERY complete. I couldn't have answered better.
There's really nothing to add. Great answer. In spring the water can get down to the mid 50s.
The water is usually cool (60s, not so much the wonderfully warm water of the Caribbean. ). CIO provides a farmer John wetsuit for kayaking (strongly recommend you bring long sleeve rash guards for everyone) and splash jackets if you want them. The wet suits will keep you warm enough. They also have full wetsuits for snorkeling. Our weather is usually 65-70° all year, so you might not need the splash jacket (unless it's windy, which happens, but not too often). Rashguards will also help keep you warm and protected from the sun. The CIO guides are really good at adqpting the tour to their clients' abilities. The snorkeling can be really awesome, you'll be in a Marine Protected Area (good variety and numbers within the kelp). Have fun!
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