La Jolla Cove diving is a popular destination for scuba diving enthusiasts. The diverse marine life makes it a must-see destination for divers of all levels.
Located in San Diego, California, the underwater world at La Jolla Cove offers a variety of diving experiences. The shallow waters near the shore are perfect for beginners, while the deeper waters and underwater canyons offer a challenge for more experienced divers. The Cove is also home to a wide variety of marine life, including sharks, sea lions, sea urchins, octopus, and a wide variety of fish. Divers can also explore the beautiful kelp forests that are found in the waters around the Cove.
We have dived here many times, sometimes by ourselves and sometimes with a group. We belonged to the San Diego Dive Club for many years and enjoyed the club meetings and the club dives. The cove is also a great spot for a night dive as you will see many animals at night that you won’t see during the day.
This is a protected marine reserve so divers need to be certified and follow all the rules and regulations for the reserve. Also, boats of any kind cannot enter the reserve however kayaks are allowed as long as you are not fishing.
See our post on Boat Diving in Southern California
Swimming and Shopping
The cove is also a popular spot for open water swimming with swimmers there most every morning. The beach is accessed from a steep set of stairs so be prepared for the climb up with all your dive gear.
The whole area is worth exploring, from the Shell Shop with its cliffs and colorful pelicans to the Cove and around to the Children’s Pool with its Harbor Seals. It is a great area to spend a Sunday afternoon sightseeing.
For more information on these fish see our gallery “Fish of Southern California”