La Jolla Shores, San Diego, CA


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La Jolla Shores is surprisingly popular, considering it's mostly sandy bottomed and there's a decent 1/4 mile swim to get out to the sudden drop-off into the 900+ ft deep Scripps Canyon. It is popular with the local dive schools, so there are alway s plenty of divers out at the weekends. As with all San Diego shore dives, check the water conditions before heading out there. conditions that day, they can vary considerably even within a single day. Call +1 619 221-8824 for recorded information on clarity (typically 5 - 15 ft, though it can get up to 20+ ft on a good day). It's easier to find somewhere to park at La Jolla Shores than at La Jolla Cove.

Once you're in the water, you'll gradually descend though it takes a lot of swimming. It's often best to head out on the surface for a ways before dropping down. You can get a sense of the underwater terrain at La Jolla Shores from the video below, which shows a host of leopard sharks and shovelnose guitarfish who come in to the shallows around August for a couple of weeks or so to breed. Hanging around 50 - 100 sharks and guitarfish in the shallows is an awsome experience and you don't even need Scuba gear to get up close and personal with them!

La Jolla Shores Leopard Shark & Guitarfish breeding Video. (6.5 MB)




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