Scuba diving in Ventura
Ventura is one of a popular diving destinations and
the diversity of its dive sites offers something for
everyone, from snorkelers to experienced divers. Rocky
reefs, sand reefs, kelp forests, walls, and pinnacles form
Ventura dive sites. This wide
variety makes a great home to
spectacular combinations of underwater lives. Sea lions,
seals, lobster, bat rays, horn sharks and moray eels are
among the sea creatures you can see here.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
Ventura 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 22°C
(66° F and 73° F).
Average Water surface temperature: Vary from 11° C to
14° C in winter months and 15° C to 21° C in the summer
months (52 °F to 58°F and 60°F to 70°F).
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 20
and 40 feet and sometimes it gets better 100 feet (6 to 12
meters or 30 meters).
Coldest time: December
Warmest time: August
Possible to dive all year round.
Ventura diving is where you can find all the
diving experiences you are looking for. The huge diversity
of Ventura dive sites gives you the chance to choose what
suits the best. The area is famous for its kelp forests,
which is home to many kinds of underwater creatures. Rocky
and sand bottom reefs are both present in the area, and
hundreds of plants and animals lives in these reefs. Schools
of fish like blacksmith perch, sardines, mackerel, anchovies
as well as giant black sea bass can be found in these dive
sites. Lobsters are seen in its dive sites, the season
starts at the beginning of October and runs until mid -
Some of Ventura dive sites.
La Jenelle Artificial Reef is a deep dive site which
suits intermediates and advanced divers. It is at a depth of
85 to 90 feet (26 to 27 meters) deep, with a visibility of 5
to 20 feet (1 to 6 meters) and has excellent conditions for
photography. The La Jenelle sank in 1970 in good calm
conditions. Snorkelers can see the hull from the surface.
Sand bass, sculpin, calico bass, garibaldi and sheephead are
frequently spotted in the area.
Channel Islands offer one of the most challenging
diving experiences. The area is famous for its clear calm
water and is full of a wide variety of underwater creatures.
The visibility is remarkable, averaging between 30 to 100
feet (9 to 30 meters).
Hueneme Submarine Canyon is a site at a depth of 20
to 80 feet (6 to 24 meters) and a visibility averaging 10 to
15 feet (3 to 4 meters). It is for intermediate or more
experienced divers. The site is great for underwater
photography and lobsters can be found on its rocks.
Deer Creek is one of the greatest dive sites in
Ventura. It is suitable for all levels of expertise. This
site has visibility going from 0 to 30 feet (0 to 9 meters)
and it varies depending on the surf conditions, the
visibility gets better in deeper spots. Under the kelp
forests you will find rocky reefs and a sandy bottom.
Sheephead, California scorpion fish, white seaperch, giant
kelpfish, spiny dogfish and horn shark are some of the
species you may find while diving this area. You may also
see skates and rays on the sandy parts. Deer Creek is great
for underwater photography kayak and night dives.