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USA: California Coast Dive Sites

The California Coast offers SCUBA divers cold to moderate temperatures which sustain a spectacular variety of sea life. This diving region includes dive sites and galleries in Monterey, Catalina, the Channel Islands and the California Coast.

Refine your results to one of these sub regions:

View All USA: California Coast Dive SitesView details of each Sub Region
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Abalone Cove
Abalone Cove Shoreline Park, L.A. - Palos Verdes Peninsula , CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Arch Rock
CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Arches Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Breakwater Beach
Breakwater Beach, Monterey, California
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Structures, Pipeline, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Butterfly House
Carmel, CA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Cat Rock
CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Cathedral Cove
C A
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Small Caves and Swim-Throughs Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Channel Islands - San Miguel Island
Channel Islands National Park, South of Santa Barbara, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty:
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Coral Reef, Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Channel Islands - Santa Cruz
Channel Islands National Park, South of Santa Barbara, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Coral Reef, Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Coral Reef
CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Deep Reef
Monterey, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Deer Creek
Solomar, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Harrisonís Reef
County Line Beach, Solormar, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

Heisler Park
Picnic Beach, Laguna, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves

Hopkins Marine Life Refuge
Monterey, CA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

La Jolla Canyon
Kellogg Park, San Diego , CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced, Technical
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Landing Cove
CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Leo Carrillo
CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

Lovers Cove Beach 1
Lovers Point Park, Pacific Grove, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Structures, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

Lovers Cove Beach 3
Lovers Point Park, Pacific Grove, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

Malga Cove
Near Malga Park, Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Bottom dwelling sharks (like swell, angle and horn sharks) Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

McAbbey Beach
Monterey, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Ruins, Junk Yard, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

Mohawk Reef
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, Santa Barbara, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

Monastery, North
Carmel River State Beach, Carmel, CA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Monastery, South
Carmel River State Beach, Carmel, CA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Mono Lobo Wall
Carmel River State Beach, Carmel, CA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Moss Street
Laguna, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves

Oil Platform Grace
CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Oil Drilling Station Pilings Structures,

Point Lobos, Cannery Wall
Point Lobos State Reserve , Monterey County, south of Carmel, CA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Point Lobos, Middle Reef in Whalerís Cove
Monterey County, south of Carmel
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Point Vincente
Point Vicente Park, L.A. - Palos Verdes Peninsula , CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Refugio State Beach
Refugio State Beach, Santa Barbara, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Tajiguas
Santa Barbara, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Eel Grass Beds

The Goldfish Bowl
CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

The Pipeline
Breakwater Beach, Monterey, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Pipeline, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Underwater Island
CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Underwater Rocky Reef Boulder Pile / Shelves

White Point
White Point Park, L.A. - Palos Verdes Peninsula , CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Woods Cove
Laguna, CA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

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Total Dive Sites: 37


 

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Hopkin's Marine Life Refuge
Lover's Cove Beach 3
La Jolla Canyon
Heisler Park
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Hopkin's Marine Life Refuge
Abalone Cove
Channel Islands - San Miguel Island
Butterfly House
Point Lobos, Cannery Wall
Point Lobos, Middle Reef in Whalerís Cove
Monastery, North
Monastery, South
Breakwater Beach

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