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Old 04-20-2017, 07:20 AM   #1
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California Diving Site Recommendations

planning to make to trip to southern California this summer for a few days.

not a lot of time so like to spend 1/2 of day experiencing the kelp forest. just sight seeing and free diving. so NO spearing.

a clear shallow kelp forest bed with easy access would be ideal.

where is a place with 1) easy access where 2) the visibility is 30'+ clear and 3) 60' max depth. 30'-40' depth ideally.

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Old 04-20-2017, 08:10 AM   #2
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Re: California Diving Site Recommendations

The 30'+ vis thing is going to be a matter of how the conditions are the particular day you dive. But everything else you're asking for will be in between la jolla and point loma here in San Diego, if you don't have a boat then you'll be limited to la jolla and off bird rock as long as you don't take a gun to bird rock. At la jolla you'll have a fair kick out before you get to the kelp beds though.
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:30 AM   #3
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thanks for that recommendation. will definitely consider bird rock in san diego.

only if I had more time for spearing. would definitely love to jump on a boat and spend a full day on the water and kill some fresh fillet.
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:37 AM   #4
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Might wanna wait for someone who has been diving longer before heading there though. I'm only saying bird rock based on how it looks from above when we're driving through on the way to the la jolla kelp. It has been closed to fishing since before I started diving, but most of the protected areas are designated for a reason
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:15 PM   #5
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closed to fishing will be an added bonus. that means more sea life to see due to minimal fishing pressure.
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what about mid California? between san francisco and los angeles. any other site meets these requirements.

in all honesty. if vis is less than 30'. just going to call it. not worth getting wet.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:31 PM   #7
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30'+ vis inshore around here is more an exception to the norm.
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any norm typical kelp diving with 30'+ vis sites. if so. where does it entails? do educate.
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:03 AM   #9
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Re: California Diving Site Recommendations

As far as shore diving reefs go, 30'+is probably the best vis has ever been for me.

Normal during this time of year can mean 10-15', but you never know.

As was mentioned before, its going to have to do a lot with conditions in the day leading up to your dive.
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Re: California Diving Site Recommendations

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what about mid California? between san francisco and los angeles. any other site meets these requirements.

in all honesty. if vis is less than 30'. just going to call it. not worth getting wet.
Santa Barbara and Monterey could be pretty good, haven't dove much up there.
I'd write off anywhere between carpenteria-point mugu, good days there are rarer than Sasquatch. Point mugu to la is loaded with good kelp spots, but as everyone else has said it all depends on the day and conditions as to clarity and amount of life. Point dume is an incredible spot (closed to all fishing a few years ago), I used to spear there before it was closed and it was some of the coolest area around. I'd say dume would be your best bet because it is pretty protected from the north and west swells.
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Other than the islands finding 30' vis will be very hit or miss depending on the swell and plankton blooms , even at the islands or cortez it can be anywhere from 100 to can't see your hands, and it can change with the tides
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btw. what is the typical water temp during mid june?
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btw. what is the typical water temp during mid june?
Depending on where you are between la and SD 50 to 60 warmer in coves colder on open coast of if it's been windy
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