The best scuba diving in San Diego is found at La Jolla Cove. As part of the La Jolla Cove Ecological Reserve, this protected underwater park has giant kelp forests full of a variety of sea life. There are also numerous sea caves to explore. Harbor seals are frequently seen while diving and will even swim along with the diver.
San Diego has a fascinating and diverse coastline that divers from around the world can enjoy. The sandy beaches, kelp forests, underwater reefs, and artificial “shipwreck” reefs give a unique scuba diving experience to all.The most popular dive site in San Diego is at La Jolla Shores. The calm waters provide an excellent location for scuba diving lessons. (You will see dozens of students on weekend mornings.) La Jolla Shores also provides divers abundant marine life with its 533-acre San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve.
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove is a world famous diving site and once you dive there you’ll soon discover why. La Jolla Cove is located in the La Jolla ecological preserve which means no harm can be done to any plant or animal within it. The wildlife seems to know this and the Cove is always teeming with marine life. Some of the biggest fish I have ever seen have been in the cove. It is an excellent place to dive for all skill levels of divers. The average depth is around 15-30 feet and can get deeper as you travel towards the outer cove.
The Marine Room is a shore scuba diving spot located in the La Jolla Shores area of La Jolla California. The Marine Room boasts a lot of neat shallow reef scuba diving, and conditions similar to La Jolla Shores area- relatively small waves, good visibility and less surge This site tends to be less-travelled by divers than the Shores and Cove, presumably because parking is not as convenient and there are no public facilities nearby.
La Jolla Shores
The gateway to the Underwater Park, La Jolla Shores can be found by turning west off Interstate 5 toward La Jolla. From La Jolla Shores Drive turn onto Avenida de la Playa, which leads directly to the beach. The area is a diver’s Mecca, so don’t be surprised to see dozens of fellow undersea fanatics checking their gear. Straight offshore, it’s flat and sandy, perfect for beginners. Further offshore are the dark blue depths of the La Jolla Submarine Canyon.
Pipes Scuba Dive
Pipes (also known as Cardiff Campgrounds) is a well-known surf spot in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, but it also offers great shallow reef and kelp scuba diving opportunities for the more experienced shore diver.Divers can expect to find rocky reef areas with lots of marine life at Pipes. Large kelp beds will be found after a long kick offshore.As typical for this area, the water is fairly shallow.
The HMCS Yukon is a Canadian destroyer that was intentionally sunk as an artificial reef in July of 2000. The vessel now rests in the Pacific Ocean less than two miles off the coast of San Diego California. She is in approximately100′ of water. most popular spot areas of the ship are well within the reach of recreational divers.Since her sinking in 2000, the Yukon has become one of the main local attractions in San Diego for scuba divers.