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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 professional.
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 77° F).
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 water.

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.
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