Scuba Diving Photos
Drive and Dive: San Diego
San Clemente Kelp Forest
Fish-dense kelp forests in a clear blue water off San Clemente.
While pinnipeds can be encountered at any California dive site, there’s one surefire way for divers to immerse themselves in sea lion soup: Take a day trip over the border to Mexico.
Twenty miles southwest of San Diego are the Islas Coronados, the northernmost of which contains one of the liveliest sea lion rookeries in the area. The dive sites are shallow, protected and generally offer the clearest, warmest water accessible by San Diego day boat. While many sites extend well beyond recreational depths at Los Coronados, divers frequently spend the entire day in less than 40 feet of water, watching the antics of the comical mammals that live here year-round. Friendly, fat harbor seals are also regularly spotted in this area.
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