Scuba diving in Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches
located in southern Orange County. It consists of a number
of interesting shore dives and offers a variety of diving
activities. Laguna Beach has world class beaches with
great dive sites right
off of the beaches. Both beginner and advanced divers will
find something as they explore its beautiful reefs.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
Laguna Beach dive
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 20°C and 25°C
(68° F and 77° F).
Average Water surface temperature: 14° C (58°F to).
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 20
and 40 feet (6 to 12 meters).
Coldest time: December
Warmest time: August
Possible to dive all year round.
Laguna Beach is one of the most famous diving
destinations in Orange County. Its beautiful beaches are
many kinds of aqua life. Its rocky reefs offer great
experiences for the novice and adventurous divers. Although
there are easy dives for beginners, advanced divers will
find some challenging dives here.
Some of Laguna Beach dive sites.
Laguna Main Beach is a beautiful dive site. It is at
a depth of 10 to 25 feet (3 to 7 meters). The site has
several rock reefs which are home to many kinds of aqua
Aliso Beach is a great diving spot. The reef to the
east has many small rock crevices that you can explore with
your flash light. The west side is also a great place. The
reef runs along the beach and has huge holes that are home
to large lobsters.
Treasure Island is a shallow dive site at a depth
ranging from 18 to 25 feet (5 to 7 meters). You may see
large halibut and bass while diving this area. The site has
some kelp in it.
Woods cove has some of the best diving in Laguna
Beach. Its bottom drops off sharply and can be covered with
rocks and shells. Try to explore the rooky reefs and watch
the abundance sea life.
Diver's cove is a famous dive site known for night
dives. It is at a depth range of 15 to35 feet (4 to 10
meters) with a visibility of 5 to 20 feet (1 to 6meters).
Painted greenlings, bat rays, lobsters and horn sharks may
be found in here.
Fisherman's Cove is a reef dive site located between
Shaw's Cove and Diver's cove. You will find many crevices
and holes which make this site interesting. It is home to
mussels, urchins, garibaldi, kelp bass, sea cucumbers and
starfish. This site is at a depth ranging from 15 to 35 feet
(4 to 10 meters).
Shaw's Cove is a great dive site at a depth of 10 to
45 feet (3 to 13 meters). This sandy beach is famous for the
abundance of sea life like garibaldi, blacksmith, and
sheephead. If you are lucky you may encounter with horn
sharks, halibut, blennies and moray eels.
Crescent Bay is a very large area and it includes the
dive sites "Dead Man's Reef" and Seal Rock" . The middle of
the cove has a flat sandy bottom which makes it suitable for
training purposes. On Seal Rock you may see Sea Lions
basking and goind into and out of the water. You are advised
not to get too close to the Sea Lions, first of all because
sea creatures should be observed but left in peace and
secondly because the males are extremely protective of the
females. The may mistake your intentions. Dead Man's Reef
on the other hand is more suited for advanced divers as it
is a long way from the shore. On this dive you will be
likely to see lots of morays and large schools of fish. The
depths on these sites is 15 to 35 feet (4 to 10 meters) with
a good visibility from 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters). They
are home to many kinds of aqua life including reef fish,
schooling fish, lobster, octopus as well as bats rays,
cabezon, halibut, moray eel and sea lion.