Southern California in a Nutshell
Known for its majestic kelp forests and marine life diversity, the California coast features many varied destinations for scuba divers.
Introduction to Southern California
Nutrient-rich Pacific waters boast exquisite marine life diversity and natural features, attracting underwater photographers from across the globe, particularly to explore the Channel Islands, ranging from 15-50 miles off the mainland. The most popular islands for diving are Catalina, San Clemente, Santa Barbara, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, and San Miguel.
With the exception of Catalina Island, the only way to dive the Channel Islands is via boat. Most divers choose 1 or 2 day trips, doing 3-4 dives per day. Vessels out of Ventura and Santa Barbara travel to Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and San Miguel Islands, while boats out of San Pedro and Long Beach visit Catalina, San Clemente and Santa Barbara Islands. Boats out of Santa Barbara or Ventura will sometimes also visit these destinations on 2-3 day trips.
Additionally, southern California boasts over 50 State and Federal Marine Protected Areas, from Point Conception to the Mexican border. Some of these Underwater Parks were established as recently as 2012, and already the ecosystems within are reflective of the protection, naturally thriving. Altogether, the state of California boasts over 100 Marine Protected Areas.
Southern California Underwater Videos
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Besides visiting us in our Culver City location, there are various things to do in Southern California! If you are out on the islands, take a day and explore Catalina Island, take a nice scenic walk, or just grab some lunch at one of the fine restaurants on the island. If you are land-based, take a bike ride along "the strand" through Santa Monica and Venice beaches. Take a hike to the Hollywood sign and view the surrounding mountains along the Runyon Canyon trail. Or go explore Hollywood Boulevard and Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park.