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Torrence Beach
Rat Beach
Near Malga Park
Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Snorkling, Intermediate
Access: Moderate Shore Entry
Parking: Limited

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Swell Shark


Bottom dwelling sharks (like swell, angle and horn sharks) , Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest


An interesting little reef stands about 150yards from shore out from the church at depths of up to 50 where you can find some rock piles and small ledges scattered about in the sand. Although not particularly impressive as a reef, it is a popular hangout for bottom dwellers like horn, swell and angel sharks, halibut, and guitarfish. You may even encounter a bat ray cruising along. The modest reef structures provide shelter for garibaldi, sheep head, senorita wrasses bass, etc.

Free divers may explore the shallow reefs and kelp located directly in front of the pool and church immediately off shore. Divers should avoid this area, the surf can trap you and exits are difficult in scuba gear.

Special Restrictions:

Please check the weather when planning your dive. This site is protected from southerly swell by the Palos Verdes Peninsula, but exposed to northern pacific storms.

How to get there:

Located in Santa Monica Bay, south of LAX. Take Hwy 1 to Palos Verdes Blvd. Go about one mile then take a right onto Via Corta, which turns into Via Almar. Take another right onto Via Arroyo and follow it until it meets with Paseo Del Mar and park on the street or in the school parking lot. Take the small paved path by the school to the water by the swimming club and church. The reef is located out from the church and the kelp will be visible. The beach is called Torrance Beach and is often referred to as Rat Beach.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
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