LA JOLLA DIVING, THE LOCAL WAY
A few steps from the main tourist attractions of San Diego’s finest neighborhood lies an ecological reserve with flourishing marine life: the La Jolla Underwater Park, the most popular dive site among locals.
SHORE DIVES ARE YOUR BEST OPTION IF:
“Boat diving was fully booked for the weekend so I went for 2 shore dives in La Jolla Cove instead. The seals and sea lions put up a show for us! Highly recommended.”
Guided shore dive prices include tanks, weights, and an attentive tour guide. You also have the option to rent gear and Nitrox tanks at an additional price.
GUIDED SHORE DIVES
Why so expensive? Aside from being a laborious activity for both the diver and the tour guide, the logistics involved with shore diving require more resources. We strongly recommend boat diving over shore diving.
Rates in USD do not include 4% processing fees.
BUT WHERE IN LA JOLLA?
Although one can pinpoint multiple dive sites in the La Jolla Underwater Park, the three main areas where our guided shore dives take place are:
Located at the southern end of La Jolla Shores, this grassy shallow reef is home to a colorful plethora of marine life. Be ready to spot horn shark, spiny lobster, garibaldi, calico bass, and a sea turtle or two if you’re lucky.
A healthy stretch of kelp forest, a resident colony of sea lions, and a vibrant rock reef full of creatures make this one of the best shore dive sites in San Diego. Keep an eye out: sevengill sharks are known to pass through the area in the spring months.
This site transitions from a sandy bare bottom to a submarine canyon with deep terraced cliffs. Crabs, rays, and invertebrates are common on this site, also celebrated as San Diego’s best night dive spot.
WHICH ONE IS BEST FOR ME?
When you book a shore dive with us, you simply select the date and the number of dives. One day before your tour, your divemaster will reach out to you to create a dive plan based on your wishes, skill level, and current conditions.
|Depth||10 - 25 ft||15 - 60 ft.||40 - 250+ ft|
|Highlights||rocky reef, sea turtles||kelp forest, sea lions||crabs, inverts, night dive|
HOW-TO & FINE PRINT
- Choose a date through our reservation form
- Get an email reply from us within 2 days with availability
- Make meetup and dive plans with your tour guide
We don’t provide transportation to and from the dive site/shop. Uber or Lyft are good options if you don’t have your own car. Please give accurate scuba equipment specs to your tour guide if you prefer to meet them directly at the dive site.
Standard shore dive durations are 2 hours for a 1-tank and 5 hours for a 2-tank. To be safe, we usually add 1 hour to the total time as shore diving involves numerous variables: parking, gear setup, surface swim, bottom time, and surface interval (snacking time).
As long as you cancel at least a week before your tour, you can get full in-store credit or a refund. Changes made between 24 hours and 7 days don’t grant any refund and will incur a $39 rescheduling fee. See our full booking policy here.
BOAT DIVING VS. SHORE DIVING
We’re the first ones to admit it: shore diving is not for everyone. The lengthy walks and surface swims make most entries and exits strenuous. Most divers are physically able to do it, but the majority prefers the comforts of a boat dive. Here’s why:
|COMPARE||BOAT DIVING||SHORE DIVING|
|Time flexibility||non-flexible||somewhat flexible|
|Dive conditions||fair to epic||fair to good|