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Re: advise: good dive sites coast of Californie ??


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Posted by David V on September 16, 2006 at 12:28:53:

In Reply to: advise: good dive sites coast of Californie ?? posted by Peter Tabbers on September 16, 2006 at 09:53:11:

Peter,

Monterey is the most popular dive site in the northern part of California. Some of the dive sites to visit are Lovers cove, Macabre beach (Sp?), Pt Lobos State park and “The Breakers”. Pt Lobos only lets 20 divers or so per day dive there, so you must make reservations and pre pay for a spot. Here is the link.
http://pt-lobos.parks.state.ca.us/scuba/scuba.shtml

There are lots of spots all over California to find seals and sea lions and most are listed here.

The breakers is where beginning divers do their check out dives. I mention this because there are a number of divers to get advice from (It’s a good thing to seek advice from local, well qualified divers when diving somewhere new) and a number of dive shops to rent gear from near by.

Boat diving in Monterey
http://www.cypresscharters.com/

Heading south to the Santa Barbara area, you can find the boats of “Truth Aquatics”. They run multi day dive trips to the Channel Islands.
http://truthaquatics.com/aboutus.htm

30 miles or so south of Santa Barbara is Ventura. There you can get a dive boat for a day trip to the one or two of the Channel Islands. Here are a couple of nice boats
http://peaceboat.com/
http://calboatdiving.com/

Los Angeles has a number of dive boats to choose from, most head for Santa Catalina Island. I like the Pac Star, but there are a bunch of others to choose from.

http://www.pacificstardiving.com/

You could take a ferry boat to Catalina (Avalon) and dive at the dive park there. There is a dive trailer located at the park that opens at noon on weekdays and 8 am on weekends. I think it closes at 5 pm everyday.

http://www.catalinaexpress.com/

http://www.catalina.com/diveguide/casinopt.html

San Diego, offers the Wreck alley dives, that include a sunken warship the “Yukon”. Shore diving there is done mostly in La Jolla cove and La Jolla shores

http://www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/beaches/cove.shtml

Here’s the list to all Ca dive boats
http://californiadiveboats.com/

Be safe, have fun.



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