Overview of Divers Cove

Divers Cove

Divers Cove
California South
USA West


Site Review by
 Phil Garner
Date: 09/18/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Phil Garner Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Torrance Reef:    4.00
State:   California Animal:    4.00
Country:   United States Plant:    3.00
Diving:   30 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   2400 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.41
Divers Cove is the most popular dive site in Orange County for dive classes. Easy entry, short surf zone and nice reefs allow students to become acquainted with California diving without a lot of work. The center of the cove is a sandy plain where you will find several classes each weekend. There are small reefs on the left side of the cove that extend into Picnic Beach. The right side of the cove is where you will find the best diving. It's a moderate to long swim to the exposed reef system offshore between Divers Cove and Boat Canyon, but well worth the effort. The outside edge of the reef ends at forty feet and has cracks and mini walls as high as twenty feet where you can find octopus, Moray eels, seals, sea lions and lobster. The inshore side of the reef is shallow and can be surgy, but there are more fish and lobsters to be found here. Divers Cove is an excellent night dive site as well. Many of the animals that you see hiding in the deep cracks during the day are roaming the reef at night. Parking is limited during the Summer and especially on weekends. There is metered parking directly in front of the cove and free parking to the West. Bring plenty of quarters! The City of Laguna Beach requires that you dive with a buddy and also carry a snorkel with you. You can keep it tucked away, but the police and lifeguards will cite you if you don't have it in your possession.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2003
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    2.00

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