Scuba diving in San Diego
San Diego diving offers a wide diversity of underwater charms.
Colorful reefs, deep sites, wrecks and kelp forests can all
be found in this area. San Diego dive sites are well known
for their giant kelp forests which grow on rocky reefs and
sometimes reach the water surface. Wreck divers and deep
divers will enjoy the wreck ally, which is home to a number
of sunken ships and destroyers.
A wide variety of marine
life considers these wrecks their home.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
San Diego dive
centers for safety, additional information, level required
for each dive site and without being accompanied by a
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 18°C and 25°C (66° F and
Average Water surface temperature: 18° C (66 °F).
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 25 and 50
feet (7 to 15 meters).
Coldest time: December
Warmest time: August
Possible to dive all year round.
San Diego diving offers some very famous ship wrecks. Wreck
ally deserves its name because it has quite a big number of
sunken ships. Wreck lovers come to enjoy its famous wrecks
like the Canadian destroyer HMCS Yukon, Ruby E and the old
kelp cutter El Rey. A true unique beauty is shown in the
kelp forests grows on San Diego rocky reefs. Kelp forests
create a beautiful colorful environment and are home to many
kinds of fish. It can grow till it reaches the water
surface, and it can be found all along the coast. A huge
diversity of underwater creatures inhabit these waters. Sea
lions, lobsters, kelp pass and rockfish are a few examples
of the marine life that the area boasts.
Some of San Diego dive sites.
La Jolla Cove is a very interesting dive site. It is one of
the most famous dive sites in California. It offers
beautiful reefs, caves and kelp forests. The Kelp Beds area
is quite attractive. Thick kelp grows on the rocky reefs in
the area. This site is at a depth ranging from 20 feet to 80
feet (6 to 24 meters). You can get to see a wide variety of
underwater creatures like bat rays, butterfly rays, pelagic
invertebrates that float in, sea lions and bait balls.
Wreck Alley consists of a group artificial reefs. It is at a
depth ranging from 65 to 100 feet (20 to 30 meters). It has
some of the most famous wrecks in the area like Ruby E, El Rey and the famous HMCS Yukon.
NOSC Tower collapsed in 1988 during a big storm. It is a
beginner dive site. The tower sits in 55 feet (17 meters) of
El Rey was sunk in 1986 and now it lies in 90 feet (27
meters) of water. The site is marked by mooring buoys.
HMCS Yukon is a 366' Canadian Destroyer Escort sunk in 2000.
It is an advanced dive site. The wreck sits in 100 feet (30
meters) of water.
Ruby E is a 165 feet coast guard cutter sunk in 1989. The
ship sits upright in 85 feet (26 meters) of water. This site
is marked by yellow mooring buoys great for novice divers.
Marine Room is a shore diving site. This shallow site is at
a depth range from 5 to 30 feet (1 to 9 meters) deep. It has
great conditions, good visibility and calm waves. This site
is famous of leopard sharks, shovelnose sharks, and
stingrays that can be spotted in early summer months.