Dive Boat Destinations

California Dive Destinations

Location Sites for New Divers Sites Suitable Intermediate Divers Sites Suitable for Experienced Divers Only Comments
Catalina Island
Front Side
Many sites the suitable for novice diver.  There are almost always calm sites here.
Catalina Island
Back Side
 The best side of the island for game.
Farnsworth Bank Good site for advanced deep dive training when conditions permit.
Santa Barbara Island  Home to a sea lion rookery.  About 1/2 the island is an invertebrate preserve in areas under 20' deep.
Part of Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.
San Clemente Island
Front Side
Usually calm.
Navy Base:Subject to Closure without Prior Notice.
San Clemente Island
Back Side
Many large sites with gradual depth change.
Navy Base:Subject to Closure without Prior Notice
Cortes Bank  Some large areas of moderate depth 40'-70', other areas with drops into the abyss.
Tanner Bank  This is a DEEP dive.  Minimum depths of 110'+ with drops into the abyss.  Known for huge hydrocoral formations.
Osborne Bank  This is a DEEP dive.  Pinnacle area within diver's depth range very small.
San Nicolas Island Sudden current changes common.   Home to a very large sea lion colony.  Favorite destination for underwater hunters.
Navy Base:Subject to Closure without Prior Notice
Begg Rock This is a DEEP dive.  Drops into the abyss.
Anacapa Island   Smallest of the Northern Channel Islands.  Historic Lighthouse
Part of Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.
Santa Rosa Island Part of Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.
Santa Cruz Island Part of Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.
San Miguel Island Water here is always COLD! 48 to 53 °F
Area of deep water up welling.
Part of Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.
Richardson Rock A deep dive in an area of strong surge and currents.
Part of Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.
Wilson Rock A deep dive with strong currents common.
Part of Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.

 



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