Dive La Jolla Shores

San Diego La Jolla Shores Parking Lot

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Easy access shore diving right in the heart of San Diego. Great sand-type view with abundant life. Frequent dolphin pods for your surface return.

While it doesn't get the attention of La Jolla Cove's green fields, the shores are one of the best parts about San Diego.

Driving up to the large parking area it's immediately clear you've come to the right place as there's almost always divers suiting up in the early morning. A dive shop down the street (and in walking distance to save that parking spot) has you covered on air fills for the return trip too.

Suit up right at the lot or grab a picnic table with a group and gear there, then head out to the beach for a shore entry. Surf can be a challenge so head south (and away from the body boarders!).

Once you're in, kick out pretty far out until you see the depths drop, exhale and descend. There's a number of ridge lines that are full of life and activity from lobster to rays and everything in between. Keep an eye on your compass and depth as you descend out for more to see (bring a light too, it gets dark) before kicking back for a relaxing, underwater swim into the shore.

Best of all, you can surface a few feet from the entry and startle all the locals playing in the surf.

Pack List

  • Open ocean diving rig (personal gear, signals, emergency kit)
  • Your buddy
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Activities:

Diving

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
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Picnic Area

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4 months ago

Fun shore dive

While not the most popular shore dive in La Jolla this is a great alternative to La Jolla Cove (which can become over run with beach goers and have limited parking). This area can be enjoyed by both novice and highly experienced divers. Plenty of underwater wildlife to see. Be prepared for a long surface swim if you are attempting to make a descent in more than 30 feet of water.

4 months ago

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