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Back  |  USA: California Coast  |  Channel Islands (North)


Channel Islands (North) Dive Sites

The Channel Islands of California are a chain of eight islands located off the coast of Southern California along the Santa Barbara Channel. The Northern 4 islands (San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Anacapa) are located off the coast near Santa Barbara and are a common dive destination. The southern four islands (Santa Barbara, Catalina Island, San Nicolas, and San Clemente) are spread father apart and are located off the coast between LA and San Diego. San Clemente and San Nicolas are military owned and maintained. Catalina is the only island with a significant resident population and provides excellent dive opportunities. It is reachable by ferry from Newport Beach and other locations in LA and Orange counties.

Refine your results to one of these sub regions:

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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Total Dive Sites: 10


 

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