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266 Dive Sites

Part 2: Dive Sites, Marine Life & Environment in Northern California Coast, (United States)

The Pacific waters off the northern coast of California are cold, ranging from 45-58 degrees F. Diving here is known for the strong pulling and pushing surge making diving challenging. The Giant kelp beds are world renown offering an underwater world of dark twisting fronds.

Bodega Bay is about an hour north of the San Francisco Bay. UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory is stationed on Bodega Bay. The research center focuses on marine and onshore conservation and research. BML offers classes and laboratories as well as dive training facilities. For those interested in hunting for abalone, the beautiful iridescent shells are found off the beach at many of the shore dive locations near Bodega Bay. Windmill Cove is one such shore dive, once you push past the surge the area remains fairly shallow and you can find the abalone shells and an abundance of life at just 20 feet. Like most shore dives off the northern coast of California, this dive is not for the inexperienced diver, the waters are chilly so a wet suit or dry suit is highly recommended.

Bodega Bay is one of the points of the “Red Triangle”. The Farralon Islands 20 miles off the coast of San Francisco and Pidgeon Point with its famous lighthouse south of the Bay Area make up the obtuse triangle notorious known as the territory of the Great White shark. The more likely inhabits of the Red Triangle are elephant seals, harbor seals, sea otters and sea lions. About 40% of Great White attacks on humans in the United States have taken place in this zone and the Red Triangle accounts for about 10% of the world's Great White attacks. Still, encounters or even sightings of Great Whites are very rare. According to a University of Florida webpage shark attacks in the USA (including the Hawaiian Islands) total 1,005 versus 2,463 shark attacks worldwide. 44 of the attacks in the USA were fatal versus 471 fatalities worldwide. Almost half of the world's recorded shark attacks are in the United States. Still...I defend that the magnificent creatures are not so interested in human flesh. Consider how many millions if not billions of people swim in the oceans of the world each year, looking at the numbers, the chances are very slim of being attacked by a shark. 

Swimming and diving among the swaying, crowded kelp beds can easily psyche a diver out...knowing that the huge, notorious Great White may be looking for lunch. Their meals, the seals and sea lions are a much more common sights as they suddenly dart into your vision. Their quick entrance and exit from your view gets your heart racing, challenging you to control your breath, relax and enjoy the underwater thrill of diving off northern California's extensive coastline.


Monterey Bay is known to offer the most popular and accessible dive sites in the region. Coast Guard Pier known by most as simply Breakwater is a site in just 10-65 feet of water right offshore. Breakwater is perfect for beginners and novice divers giving an opportunity to move through a kelp forest without tremendous surge. Lover's Point is another popular shore dive off Monterey where divers can mingle with kayakers and harbor seals. 

The wilderness of Big Sur south of Monterey Bay is remote, offering experienced divers opportunities to shore dive into the Giant kelp forests that line the coast. It is a must to don a dry suit, build your courage and brave the cold pounding surge to get out deep enough and away from rocks to experience some peace in the ever moving, pulsating world of underwater Big Sur. Garrapata State Park in the far northern realm of Big Sur offers unmarked shore dive spots. Jade Cove off Gorda, California is another popular dive site that is no named for the green jade stone divers strong enough to brave the intense surge hunt for along the bottom. Hikers beware, all along the Big Sur coast and along most of northern California's coast there is Poison Oak. A low shrubby plant that is irritating at best to most people, wear pants and make sure your ankles are covered when rummaging through the wild coast brush to get to the beaches.

The steep marine terraces and hidden coves of Big Sur offer unlimited diving potential along the vast coastline for those equipped to explore. The water is known to surge even at depths of 70 feet challenging both the swimmer and the quality and visibility of the water. Maneuvering around seamounts and rock pinnacles challenges even experienced divers. Then there is the hazards of jellyfish like the Lion's mane or the Fried egg jellyfish to looks like a yolk are to be avoided. Once you get in a relatively calm spot you will delight at the colorful and abundant strawberry anemones that carpet the bottom and the occasional, hard to spot wolf eel that is not really an eel at all. The eel look alike is in the class of ray-finned fishes. Partington Point is a shallow, relatively easy dive site for Big Sur whose rock walls are completely covered with sharpnose crabs.

Read "Part 1: Overview of Scuba Diving in Northern California Coast, (United States)"

Read "Part 3: Dive Shops, Airports & Logistics of Diving in Northern California Coast, (United States)"

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Dive Sites in Northern California Coast, United States

McAbee Beach

Breakwater, Monterey

Breakwater Cove

Hearst Beach

Jade Cove

Monterey State Beach - Del Monte

Cannery Park

Lover s Point

Monastery Beach North

Coral Street Beach

Monastery Beach South

Carmel Point

Carmel River North

Sewer Plant Beach

Whalers Cove (Point Lobos)

Stillwater Cove

Fort Ross Reef Campground

Fort Ross South

Fort Ross North

Stillwater Beach

Gerstle Cove - Mendocino Coast

Van Damme State Park - Mendocino Coast

MacKerricher State Park - Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Bay

Russian Gulch State Park - Mendocino Coast

Glass Beach - Mendocino Coast

Caspar Bay - Mendocino Coast

Monterey Breakwater

Metridium Fields

Ballbuster

N. Monastery

The Breakwater - Breakwater Cove

Ollala Lake

Monterey Bay Area

Santa Cruz Wharf

Andrew Molera Kelp Bed

Monterey, CA

Arena Cove / Pt. Arena - Mendocino Coast

Stornetta Cove - Mendocino Coast

Navarro Beach - Mendocino Coast

Fort Ross - Sonoma Coast

Monterey Bay

north jade cove

Angel Wings

Pescadero Pt.

Amentos/Outer Amentos

Fisherman’s Wharf

Salt Point

Garrapata State Park

Partington Point

Deep Reefs

MONTEBELLO

REDWOOD

Alan*s Arch (Arc de Triomphe)

ALLIANCE NO.2

Anchor Farm 1

Anchor Farm 2 & 3

Anchor Farm 4

ARCTIC

Aumentos

AURORA

Black Dog Ridge

Breakwater

Breakwater Wall

Butterfly House

Butterfly North

Butterfly Pinnacle 1

Butterfly Pinnacle 2

Butterfly Pinnacle 3

Butterfly West

Canyonlands 2

Canyonlands 3

Carmel Point Pinnacle 1

Carmel Point Pinnacle 2

Carmel Point Pinnacle 3

Caspar Bay

CITY OF COLUMBIA

Coast Guard Pier

Crossroads Pinnacle

Cypress Canyon

Cypress Point

D. WINTEMOTE

D. WINTERMORE

D3 (Kindergarden)

Deep-E3

Deep-Tijuana

Diablo 1

Diablo 2

Diablo 3

Diablo 4

E.A.BRYON

E3 (Elephant Ear Edge)

East Pinnacles 2

East Pinnacles 3

El Paso

Erics Pinnacle (EPD)

Fanshell East

Fanshell North

Fanshell West

Flintstones

Forgotten Pinnacle

Fort Ross

Gerstle Cove

Glass Beach

Granite Point Pinnacles

Granite Point Wall

Great Anchor

Great Pinnacle

H3

Hidden Beach

Honeymoon Rocks

Hopkins Deep Reef

Ian*s Castle

Inner Pinnacles 1

Inner Pinnacles 2

Inner Pinnacles 3

Inner Pinnacles 5

Jacks Dive Site

Little River

Lobos Rocks 1

Lobos Rocks 2

Lobos Rocks 3

Lobos Rocks 4

Locals 1

Locals 2

Locals 5

Locals 6

Locals 9

Lucerne Dive Site

Lunaticos

Mackerricher State Park

Malpaso 1

Malpaso 2

Malpaso 3

MANANA

Marco*s Pinnacle

Marco*s Southeast

McAbee

Mile Buoy

Monastery Beach

Mono Lobo Pinnacle 1

Mono Lobo Pinnacle 2

Mono Lobo Pinnacle 3

Mono Lobo Pinnacle 4

Mono Lobo Wall

Montana

Monterey State Beach

MORGAN SHELL

Naia*s Wall

North Cypress 1

North Cypress 2

North Cypress 4

North Cypress 5

North Cypress 6

North Diablo 1

North Diablo 2

North Locals 2

North Locals 3

North Locals 4

North Locals 5

North Locals 6

North Locals 9

North Malpaso 1

North Malpaso 2

North Soberanes 1

North Soberanes 2

North Soberanes 3

North Soberanes 4

North Yankee 1

North Yankee 2

North Yankee 3

Ocean Cove

Organ Pipes

Outer Chase Rise 1

Outer Chase Rise 2

Outer Chase Rise 3

Outer Outer Chase Rise 1

Outer Outer Chase Rise 2

Outer Pinnacles 1

Outer Pinnacles 2

PACIFIC ENTERPRISE

Pescadero 1

Pescadero 2

Pescadero Wash Rock

Pinnacle Point Wall

Que Paso?

Road to Twin Peaks

Russian Gulch State Park

Salt Point State Park

Sammet*s Spire (MacAfee Pinnacle)

SAN BENITO

SAN JUAN

Sea Mount

Shale Island

Shortcut Reef

Soberanes 1

Soberanes 2

Soberanes 4

Soberanes 5

Soberanes 6

South Cypress 2

South Cypress 4

South Locals 1

South Locals 2

South Locals 4

South Locals 5

South Locals 6

South Malpaso 1

South Malpaso 2

South Malpaso 3

South Malpaso 4

South Malpaso 5

South Yankee 1

South Yankee 2

South Yankee 3

Southeast Locals 2

Southeast Locals 3

Southwest Diablo 1

Southwest Diablo 2

Southwest Diablo 3

Southwest Locals 2

Southwest Locals 3

Southwest Locals 4

Strawberry Peak

Sunset Point Ridge

T5

The Amtrack (Del Monte Beach)

The Barge

The Mating Amtracks of Lover*s Point

The Metridium Fields

The Needle (Half-Dome)

The Sailboat (off Del Monte Beach)

The Steam Engine

Thumbs Up East

Tijuana

UMPQUA 11

Uncle Phil*s Deep Trench

West Cypress 2

West Cypress 3

West Cypress 5

West Cypress 6

West Cypress 8

West Cypress 9

West Diablo 2

West Diablo 3

West Diablo 4

West Locals 1

West Locals 2

West Locals 3

West Outer Chase Rise 1

West Outer Chase Rise 2

West Pinos

West Pinos Jackpot

West Pinos West

Whaler*s Middle Reef

Yankee 1

Yankee 2

Yankee 4

AJAX

ALASKA

OCCIDENTAL

SEA PIRATE

SOTYME

TRICOLOR

WALDERO

WALLA WALLA