LA - Casino Point

LA - Casino Point
California Mid
USA West


Site Review by
 Christian Schulz
Date: 06/06/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Christian Schulz Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Irvine Reef:    4.00
State:   CA Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    5.00
Diving:   1 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   21 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.78
Casino Point is located right in front of the Casino Building (large round structure) on the opposite side of the harbor where the ferries dock. This popular dive spot features stairs leading down to water's edge and is roped off to keep boat traffic out. Depths within the park are as much as 90'. There are a number of interesting animals, wrecks, and lets not forget the giant kelp. As one diver from Texas said to me, "I can't believe how big the kelp is here!" You can see boat engines, tires, large spider crab, garibaldi, small and large wrecks, and many other indigenous creatures. Visibility is usually 50'+. The shore is steep and gets deep very quickly so snorkeling may not be great here. You might be better off at Lover's Cove on the opposite side of the harbor. I hear it's shallower there. In the warmer months it's not uncommon to find a lot of people here, but it's big enough to not feel cramped. Restaurants are within walking distance and rental equipment/air is about 50' away from your entry point. Make a day of it and your non-diver friends can shop in the picturesque little town. Just don't miss the boat or you might find yourself checking into the Pavilion Lodge. Don't ask me how I know ;)    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2004
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00

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