Scuba diving in California
California offers lots
of great dives to explore and spectacular marine life.
California's dive sites
include beaches, coves and some of the most impressive kelp
forests in the world. The more adventurous diver will be
able to do some deep dives here in great visibility as well
as wreck diving. The diversity of dive sites makes this
region suitable for all levels of divers.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
centers for safety, additional information, level
required for each dive site and without being accompanied by
All the information provided is purely informative for our
readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average annual temperature: Vary from 11° C to 14° C
in winter months and 20°C and 28°C in the summer months (52
°F to 58°F and 69° F and 83° F).
Average Water surface temperature: From 22° C to 24°
C (72°F to 75°F).
Visibility often between 10-20 meters.
Coldest time: December-January
Warmest time: August-July
Possible to dive all year round.
California diving boasts more than 60 dive sites.
There are deep, shallow and wrecks dive sites. Its beautiful
reefs and kelp forests attract snorkelers and scuba fans.
California dive sites are home to
many kinds of sea life, like sea lions and many other
kinds of marine mammals. Come to see whales and halibut
visit Los Angeles area in their migration seasons.
The Monterey and
San Francisco dives are simply excellent.
Monterey Bay national
marine sanctuary attracts loads of divers every year.
There's excellent shore diving here but boat dives are
available if you want to go further out. Monterey Bay boasts
beautiful kelp forests, nice underwater canyons and
pinnacles. The marine life is also diverse and includes
harbor seals, sea stars, colourful fish and eels. Sharks,
dolphins, otters and sea lions can also be spotted here.
The San Francisco Bay area offers both shore and boat
diving. Underwater photographers will enjoy the huge
diversity of aqua life in this area. The famous kelp forests
are home to many kinds of small fish.
Southern California is famous for its beautiful and
varied islands. Catalina Island, Santa Barbra Island and San
Clement Island are part of the Channel Islands. These
Islands have beautiful ship wrecks and reef sites all
teeming with marine life.
Santa Barbara Island is known for the sea lions
inhabiting it. There are so many sea lions here, the largest
colony in the whole state. They are very noisy, in fact you
can locate the Sea Lion Rookery just by following the noise!
Santa Barbara's diving
is not only about sea lions, there are lots of great dive
sites here like the Black Cavern which has an abundance of
marine life and Shag Rock well known for its kelp growth.
Wreck lovers have a lot to see as well. The coastline
is littered with interesting wrecks which present different
diving challenges. Among the wrecks you will find Spanish
colonial era ships to modern day ships. However, before
going wreck diving , make sure you get enough information
from the local operators and that you are accompanied by a