La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Shores
San Clemente Isl.
Gt. Barrier Reef
the southernmost tip of Southern California bordering on Mexico, San
Diego has a variety of dive sites for cold-water divers. The
quality of shore dives (La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove) will depend
on the water visibility, which varies daily - it’s best to go
out in the morning if you can as the wind and swells pick up in the
afternoon. The water temperature is around 57 F (14 C) at depth year round, so if
you're there in the summer,
don’t be fooled by warm surface water when you get
in. Right off shore, visibility is considered
15 ft (5 m) and you can check out the ocean conditions by calling 619
221-8824; oddly enough, I haven't found a good web site for
water visibility information.
Boat dives, which go out
along the coast to the kelp beds, local wrecks have similar visibility. Once you get to the islands, though, visibility can exceed 60 - 80 ft (18 - 25m)! Check out my other pages for descriptions and videos of San Diego dive spots:
Islands (a boat dive)
La Jolla Cove (a shore dive)
La Jolla Shores (a shore dive)
Point Loma Kelp Beds (a boat dive)
San Clemente Isl. (a liveaboard boat dive)
I'll add more on other boat dives out to the local wrecks and La Jolla Canyon soon. For an overnighter or weekend trip, I highly recommend
a boat trip out to San Clemente Island, some of the finest
diving in the world! Here's a good site for finding charter
boats throughout California.
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