Scuba diving suggestions for Southern California’s top rated beach Scuba diving sites. Just click on the location link below to be directed to each site’s suggestions. Have fun, check your local dive conditions and weather before beach diving in California.
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Southern California Dive Destinations The Channel Islands off the coast of California you find more spectacular Scuba diving and California’s famous kelp forest. The Santa Barbara Channel Islands, Catalina Island and San Clemente Island are world class as dive destinations. The next time you consider getting away for a few days of rest and relaxation, think about a live aboard cruise to the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. An alternative to the floating hotel-like atmosphere of cruise ships, this type of cruising offers a more intimate communion with the ocean and its creatures.
La Jolla Cove, San Diego
La Jolla Cove One of Southern California’s most renowned dive and snorkel sites, La Jolla Cove’s protected area has recently been expanded and renamed Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve in honor of its Native American heritage. La Jolla features a sheltered kelp forest that’s teeming with leopard sharks, bright garibaldi, lobsters, octopus and much more.
Landing Cove, Anacapa (Island)
The northern Channel Islands off Santa Barbara received protection via a dozen large marine protected areas in 2003 with measurable benefits to marine wildlife observed by scientists. Bold and curious sheephead, kelp bass and rock wrasse seem to understand their protected status, and may follow or directly approach you as you explore the very lush kelp forest.
San Clemente Island
This island has some of the most beautiful dive sites to be found in Southern California. It has large, red gorgonians, purple hydrocoral up to 2 feet in diameter, and kelp forests to swim through and hide in to view the largest Calico Bass in Southern California. San Clemente’s deeper, blue water areas outside the great barrier reefs are places where sea bass and yellowtail are frequently spotted. The island is 20 miles due south of Catalina and is a 4 to 5 hour boat ride from San Pedro to reach the calm coves of San Clemente Island.
Catalina (Santa Catalina Island)
Catalina Island is roughly 30 miles from San Pedro and has a stunning array of dive sites, some historical, some newly discovered, and one whose beauty and bio-diversity has been re-created in an exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. The island’s favorable location gives it water that is usually warmer and clearer than the that found at Santa Barbara and San Nicolas islands or the Northern Channel Islands.