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Abalone Cove   |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
L.A. - Palos Verdes Peninsula , CA

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

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 0
Enjoyment: 3
Visibility: 3
Current: 3
Aquatic Life: 5

Photo Gallery:

Hilton's Aeolind a.k.a. Phidiana Hiltoni


Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest


Large kelp beds mark the submerged reef particularly on the west side of the cove. There may also be some cool scenery on the left side of the cove at the point below the cliffs around the wash rocks (I havenít tried it myself so post back and let us know if you try it). This site isnít for the feint of heart due to the walk to get to it but by the same token, it is less trafficked by divers and the protected status is sure to provide a beautiful array of aquatic life.

This site is typically protected in the summer from the southern swell by Catalina Island and is always out of the way from northern swells thus usually provides clear calm water.

Special Restrictions:

This site is an ecological preserve; it is prohibited to take invertebrates from this site.

How to get there:

There is a public parking lot just off Palos Verdes Dr. S, just south of a small residential street called Sea Cove Drive. Park in the smaller lot to the south east (farther away from Sea Cove Drive). There is a trail to the shore on the far left side of the park that goes through some trees. Be advised, it is a long walk down the trails to the water in scuba gear.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
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