CALIFORNIA DIVE DESTINATIONS

Location

Sites for New Divers Sites Suitable Intermediate Divers Sites Suitable for Experienced Divers Only

Comments

Catalina Island
Front Side
X X X Many sites the suitable for novice diver.  There are almost always calm sites here.
Catalina Island
Back Side
X X X  The best side of the island for game.
Farnsworth Bank X X Good site for advanced deep dive training when conditions permit.
Santa Barbara Island X X X  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
X X X Usually calm.
Navy Base:Subject to Closure without Prior Notice.
San Clemente Island
Back Side
X X X Many large sites with gradual depth change.
Navy Base:Subject to Closure without Prior Notice
Cortes Bank x X X  Some large areas of moderate depth 40'-70', other areas with drops into the abyss.
Tanner Bank x x X  This is a DEEP dive.  Minimum depths of 110'+ with drops into the abyss.  Known for huge hydrocoral formations.
Osborne Bank x x X  This is a DEEP dive.  Pinnacle area within diver's depth range very small.
San Nicolas Island x X X 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 x   X  X This is a DEEP dive.  Drops into the abyss.
Anacapa Island X X X   Smallest of the Northern Channel Islands.  Historic Lighthouse
Part of Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.
Santa Rosa Island X X X Part of Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.
Santa Cruz Island X X X Part of Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.
San Miguel Island x X X 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 x x X A deep dive in an area of strong surge and currents.
Part of Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.
Wilson Rock x x X A deep dive with strong currents common.
Part of Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.

 



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