San Diego Dive Spots

  • Amtrack


    25 - 25 ft.

    Although age has left the Amtrack rusted, pieces of track can still be seen. Due to the shallow depth and the natural protection provided to this area, a very unique ecosystem has emerged.

  • Ancient Sea Cliffs

    Ancient Sea Cliffs

    60 - 105 ft.

    The sheer cliff faces of this site are believed the be the remains of an ancient seashore.

  • Aumentos Reef

    Aumentos Reef

    60 - 90 ft.

    This is a beautiful dive for observing the beauty that the ocean has to offer. The reef is covered with Corynactis, bryozoans, and yellow zoanthid anemones along with sponges. Schools of small blue rock fish, sheephead, cabezon, lingcod, and surfperch c

  • Begg Rock

    Begg Rock

    80 - 130 ft.

    This area contains many reefs and pinnacles ranging in depth from 60 to 130 feet. Pulmose anemones, giant scallops, sponges, sea stars, cowries, sculpin and octopus are commonly seen at this location as well as a variety of rockfish.

  • Bird Rock

    Bird Rock

    60 - 120 ft.

    This rock and the reef system that has evolved in the area run southeast to northwest for about a quarter mile. Baitfish which generally inhabit the shallow portions of the reef make for interesting sights for snorkelers.

  • Boomerang Bank

    Boomerang Bank

    80 - 130 ft.

    In the calm portions of the water, china, gopher, copper and vermilion rockfish can be found along with lingcod and wolf eels. Throughout the region, blue and olive rockfish, garibaldi, and surfperch can also be seen.

  • Cathedral Cove

    Cathedral Cove

    30 - 50 ft.

    The large rocks near the entrance of Cathedral Cove are home to Garibaldi, surfperch, sheephead, senoritas, and opaleye throng. Sea lions and harbor seals can also be seen on the rocky beaches near by.

  • Church Rock

    Church Rock

    35 - 60 ft.

    This beautiful little reef is a treat for divers and snorkelers alike.

  • Coral Reef

    Coral Reef

    75 - 100 ft.

    The large amounts of cup coral, gorgonians, sea strawberries, brittle stars, and anemones make this a great location for photography.

  • Coral Street Beach

    Coral Street Beach

    25 - 40 ft.

    The clear water of the cove makes this site a must for underwater photographers.

  • Cortez Bank

    Cortez Bank

    100 - 130 ft.

    This dive is intended for advanced divers only. Sheepshead and calico bass are generally found in the shallower portions of this dive.

  • Deer Creek Road

    Deer Creek Road

    30 - 40 ft.

    This is a great shore dive and one of the easiest in the area. Plankton, krill and brine shrimp are generally carried along the current, bringing baitfish which attracts game fish.

  • Descano Bay

    Descano Bay

    80 - 110 ft.

    Descano Bay is located on the northwestern border of the Avalon Underwater Park. Here, conservationists have sunk small boats and other debris to foster a habitat for sea creatures.

  • Eagle Rock

    Eagle Rock

    60 - 100 ft.

    Hundreds of lobsters, as well as sheephead are easy to find at night, but more difficult to see in the daytime when they hide amongst the cracks and holes.

  • El Rey

    El Rey

    90 - 90 ft.

    Although most of her structure has collapsed and it is difficult to imagine the original ship, the El Rey is heavily populated with invertebrates and also attracts bigger fish.

  • Eric's Pinnacle

    Eric's Pinnacle

    55 - 65 ft.

    At Eric�s Pinnacle lingcods, bat rays, and torpedo rays often travel along the bottom. Sea otters, hermit crabs, dock shrimp, cucumbers, rockfish, and a resident wolf eel can be found by the explorative diver.

  • Farnsworth Bank

    Farnsworth Bank

    90 - 130 ft.

    This dive is one of the most amazing and popular dives in Southern California. Barracudas, yellowtail, white sea bass, sheephead, blacksmiths, calico bass, electric rays and blue sharks are also commonly seen at this location.

  • Goal Posts

    Goal Posts

    40 - 50 ft.

    Once barren as the result of several storms, this site is now a lush kelp forest with numerous small reefs, each with its own personality.

  • God's Rock

    God's Rock

    60 - 72 ft.

    God's Rock boulder field is the perfect place for sea life to find protection.

  • Gull Island

    Gull Island

    80 - 120 ft.

    This seamount features towering pinnacles and a variety of colorful marine life.

  • Ingraham Street Bridge

    Ingraham Street Bridge

    80 - 80 ft.

    Old pilings and pieces of roadway create an interesting scene for divers while the abundance of sea life that inhabits the marine habitat provides beauty and excitement on this dive.

  • Isthmus Reef

    Isthmus Reef

    60 - 100 ft.

    There is a 30 to 40 foot wall located on the southwest facing side which is often home to large numbers of lobsters as well as moray eels. Octopuses are often seen at this site as well.

  • Johnson's Lee

    Johnson's Lee

    60 - 80 ft.

    White sea bass feed and spawn here and are a great site to see while snorkeling in the area.

  • Kawika�s Anchor Farm

    Kawika�s Anchor Farm

    80 - 80 ft.

    The area contains a six-foot concrete cube, chains with links and three large anchors. Electric rays are among the pelagic life that can be seen at this location.

  • Little Flower

    Little Flower

    90 - 130 ft.

    In the summer months, bonita, mackerel, barracuda, and yellowtail can be seen hunting the schools of baitfish that inhabit the area.