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  • Writer's pictureMick McMurray

Underwater Wonders of La Jolla Shores

Updated: May 24

La Jolla Shores is a popular spot for shore diving in San Diego, California. One of the best things about diving at La Jolla Shores is that it is easily accessible for both experienced and beginner divers. The beach has a gentle slope, that keeps the waves to a minimum and makes for fairly easy entries and exits. Sometimes we call it Lake La Jolla because there isn't a ripple in the water and it is glassy however most of the time the waves are 1-2 feet. Divers should be aware that the water can be cold and visibility can be low sometimes, so it's important to come prepared with the appropriate wetsuit or drysuit, and dive lights. Not far offshore the La Jolla Canyon starts and quickly plunges to a depth of 600 feet so you need to keep a close eye on your gauges or computer. At first, you might think there is nothing here but sand but upon closer inspection, you will find a wide variety of sea life. You will find everything from sharks to bony fish to a wide variety of invertebrates.

La Jolla shores is a place where instructors from local dive shops bring students for their open water dives so on a weekend there will be a lot of divers entering and exiting the water. With all the divers in the canyon, it is important to practice your buoyancy skills so you don't kick up a lot of sand and ruin the underwater visibility.

All in all the Underwater Wonders of La Jolla Shores is also a great place to spend time before and after your dive with a large grass area for suiting up before the dive or having a picnic after. It has nice restroom and shower facilities and a great play area for the kids.

Here are some photos from my dives in the park.

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