My wife and I are finally planning a dive trip to Catalina. It's been "on the books" for years! Anyway, we're booked in at the Seaport Village Inn for early September. We were just wondering about the ferry (Catalina Express) baggage restrictions as per their website. We'll have three "suitcases" between us, but also three "carry-on" bags as well. We're planning to take our own dive gear - minus tanks and weights, but the DSLR rig and its modest collection of ports (2) and lenses (3) along with a laptop, easily fills two carry-on size bags. Any comments on the difference between the posted restrictions and reality for a travelling diver/photographer, would be great.
Also, while we understand we won't have a vehicle to dive from while we're there, we were just wondering what the prevailing consensus was with respect to getting dive and photo gear from the hotel to the dive site and back. We've read about taxis, golf carts and hand carts. Just wondering what folks might recommend.
Of course, any other insightful advice would be gratefully appreciated!