With 840 miles of spectacular Pacific coastline, California offers abundant places for divers to get wet, from easily accessible shore-diving spots to offshore pinnacles and islands. And as underwater photographers will tell you, many of these sites offer gorgeous kelp forests brimming with marine life. We can’t possibly write about them all, but here are five amazing places in California to dive in kelp.
On Catalina, divers enjoy one of the best underwater parks in California
Our globe-trotting field reporter spent a day diving with the Scuba Diver Girls
This August, the staff of Monterey Bay Aquarium collected a juvenile great white shark near Malibu, California. As the sixth great white collected by the aquarium, the 4’ 7”, 43-pound male was put on display in the aquarium's million-gallon Open Sea exhibit on August 31st. Check out this video of the young white shark's journey to its new home at the aquarium.
This September, scuba divers from across the country will converge on Monterey, California, and compete for top prizes in one of the most unique underwater photography contests in the United States.
For more than 20 years, Georgienne Bradley has been the motivating force behind countless initiatives to protect the world’s oceans through marine conservation.
Diving from the beach is the ultimate in freedom: There’s no boat, no divemaster and no schedule to keep. For such do-it-yourself divers, getting wet is usually as easy as gearing up and wading in. These 10 scuba diving destinations are among the best places in the world for shore diving, where walk-ins are welcome.
Looking for an opinion you trust on the world’s best overall dive destination? Top big-animal encounters? Destinations with the healthiest reefs? Look no further — we’ve got the answers.
The Top 100 Gold List of operators, resorts, liveaboards, experiences (such as best wall, shore and artificial-reef sites), beach bars, topside attractions and more was determined on a “popularity contest” basis.
At these seven sites, taking a long walk off a short pier might be the best move you’ll ever make.
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