Liveaboard charters are simple to arrange and can apply to a number of activities and various types of groups: from educational and research groups that log fish and wildlife statistics to scuba diving with colleagues, to family and friend getaways that include hiking and kayaking as well as diving. The possibilities for exploring and enjoying the Santa Barbara Chanel Islands are endless.

Our charter rates are designed to give you the lowest per person rates possible, allowing you to make your trip more affordable for your guests or more profitable for you to resell. It’s easy to get started, a simple contract and small holding fee is all you need to lock in a date. You can pay for the trip bit by bit or in one lump sum before departure, allowing you plenty of time to pull together the financial details. Private charters also give you the greatest level of control over the details of a trip, allowing you to personalize your trip exactly how you want it!

Educational Charters


For more than 35 years, Truth Aquatics has been exploring the wilderness of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. Our live-aboard fleet will be your floating classroom as you and your students explore the Channel Islands National Park.
Established in 1980, the Channel Islands National Park consists of five islands; San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa Island and Santa Barbara Island. The islands are home to more than 150 endemic species of plants and animals and the Channel Islands National Park is often referred to as the American Galapagos of the Northern hemisphere.

The Truth Aquatics fleet of live-aboard boats provides the perfect environment for your students to learn in a safe, supervised, and exciting new way: by experiencing nature and exploring the wonders of marine life by being surrounded by it. The influential psychologist and educator, Carl Rogers stated, “Experiential learning is equivalent to personal change and growth.”

It is through this type experiential learning that your students will discover why the Channel Islands and their surrounding waters are unique and special. Your students can learn to identify seabirds and marine mammals by seeing them first hand, like the difference between a sea lion and a harbor seal. Your lesson plan can include a variety of topics; island geology, marine biology and island ecology.

The educational activities section of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary can provide you with many ideas and classroom materials to help you build a lesson plan for a truly unique educational experience for your students.


Unique Educational Experiences Include:

  • Whale watching
  • Identifying carpets of seasonal wildflowers in bloom
  • Tidepool exporation
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking in the Caliche or Torrey Pines forests
  • Native American studies of the Chumash
  • Snorkeling, kayaking and even scuba diving.

Watch our video below for more details about this unique type of learning experience — an educational experience that you and your students will never forget.


Schools that have held field trips aboard Truth Aquatics Boats:

  • Santa Barbara Middle School
  • Anacapa School
  • Cate School
  • Rancho Santa Margarita High School
  • Brooks Institute of Photography
  • Santa Barbara High School
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Santa Barbara Marine Technology
  • Aspen High School
  • Bishop Garcia Diego High School
  • Brookfield School
  • Crane School
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Los Angeles
  • Odyssey Middle School
  • Orca School
  • Westside Math and Science

For a truly unique learning experience for your students schedule your next school field trip to the Santa Barbara Channel Islands with Truth Aquatics. To learn more about chartering a Truth Aquatics boat for your school group call us at 805-962-1127 or email us.

Special Occasion & Commercial Charters


Over the years Truth Aquatics has participated in many ocean going commercial projects with various agencies and enterprises. Our fleet of liveaboard boats is so versatile that they have been chartered for research as well as weddings. The following list is just a sampling of what has taken place on the boats and there are many other opportunities available for someone with imagination and a unique vision. We will work with you to develop a chartered boat trip to meet your specific needs.


Movie Industry:

The following is just a sample of some of the professional organizations that have utilized our services:

  • Into the Deep IMAX, Howard Hall Productions
  • Deep Sea 3D IMAX, Howard Hall Productions
  • City of Angles, Warner Brothers
  • Al Giddings
  • Marty Snyderman Productions
  • Mike DeGruy
  • Tom Campbell Photography
  • Peppermill Casinos
    Cinema Rentals, Inc.
  • Film a Cinq, France
  • BBC
  • National Geographic



  • Self Defense Test Ship
  • National Buoy Data Center
  • US Fish and Wildlife
  • California Fish and Game
  • Nautroxin Maripro
  • Santa Barbara Channel Keeper
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Liquid Robotics
  • Reef Check
  • Exxon Mobile
  • Padre Associates, Inc.
  • Coastal Resources Management
  • NOAA
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Corporate Retreats:

Various corporations have utilized the Truth Aquatics liveaboard fleet for corporate retreats. Scuba businesses such as Oceanic, Mares, Oceaner and Scuba Pro have found this to be the perfect venue to “get away from it all” and hold meetings. Imagine the morning filled with uninterrupted meetings followed by an afternoon dive, hike, or kayak. Whatever business you are in, the Channel Islands and the Truth Aquatics fleet can offer you a perfect platform for your next meeting.



We have hosted both single day and multiple day weddings at the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. Being anchored in a secluded cove with volcanic rock faces and swirling sea birds is a perfect backdrop for a unique destination wedding. Food service can be provided by Truth Aquatics or by a caterer of your choice.


Family Reunions:

Over the years many families have chartered the boats for a multi-day reunion to the Channel Islands. If you are looking for a great destination with a lot of activities to choose from, the Santa Barbara Channel Islands may be what you are looking for. We can customize any activity to suit your group’s requests.

Bachelor Parties
We have hosted both single day and multiple day weddings at the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. Being anchored in a secluded cove with volcanic rock faces and swirling sea birds is a perfect backdrop for a unique destination wedding. Food service can be provided by Truth Aquatics or by a caterer of your choice.