Scuba diving in Burlingame
Burlingame is in the county of San Mateo and offers a
large variety of diving opportunities. It has become a very
popular spot for divers because of its variety in aqua life
and the good visibility.
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: Between 16°C and 22°C
(61° F and 73° F)
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 5
and 15 feet (1 and 4 meters).
Coldest time: January
Warmest time: September
Possible to dive all year round.
Burlingame is located on San Francisco Bay, this
gives it advantage of being open to many
beautiful dive sites in
this area. Dive sites in San Mateo County are known for the
abundance sea life living in the area. The seals, sea
lions, kelp forests and reef systems are what attract divers
Be advised that San Mateo County is the Southern end
of the "Red Triangle". Ano Nuevo Island (Elephant Seal
Rookery) lies at the Southern end of San Mateo County. The
Elephant Seal rookery is active from December through March.
During this time Great White sightings are not uncommon. Due
to the numerous rock islands present in San Mateo County,
there are "haul outs" for seals and sea lions that are too
numerous to mention. Shark sightings during summer months
have been reported.
Some of the dive sites near Burlingame.
Lindemar Beach is an advanced and expert dive site.
It has a beautiful reef structure which runs parallel to the
beach. It begins at a depth of 20 feet (6 meters) then drops
to 30 feet (9 meters). The site also has an old barge laying
at its bottom in about 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4 meters) of
water. The wreck is a good habitat for ling cod and cabezon.
Halibut can also be sighted on the beach although the poor
visibility makes this a little difficult.
Little Pedro is a shallow dive site. It is home to
seals and sea lions as well as some other mammals. This
rocky area has lot of kelp and sea life. You may
occasionally find kelp growth on the northern side of Little
Shelter Cove is an advanced to expert dive site. This
site, on South Pedro Point's is secluded. It is an
interesting dive site with some kelp growing in the area
which is home to many kinds of fish. Special care should be
taken when diving this site, the waves can be very high at
times going up to 5 feet high.