Overview of Divers Cove

Divers Cove

Divers Cove
California South
USA West


Site Review by
 Edward J. Palumbo
Date: 12/06/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Edward J. Palumbo Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Tualatin Reef:    3.00
State:   Oregon Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    2.00
Diving:   17 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   200 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.31
This site is very popular with Orange County dive shops for open water certification classes and it is suitable for novice divers. The exceptions are those days when south swell or offshore storms add difficulty to surf entries. This area is a marine life refuge. The bottom slope is gradual and most diving is conducted at depths of 22-34 feet, so an aluminum 80 will last quite a while. The bottom is varied, with sandy patches separating small reefs that provide a nest for territorial garibaldi. There are urchins and sea stars on the rocks, with senorita wrasse, rockfish and surf perch moving about. This site is conveniently located, accessible, and uncomplicated, hence popular with local divers. Convenient metered parking is available, but parking enforcement of the City of Laguna Beach is mercilessly efficient. Divers must plan accordingly and diligently keep the meters fed, or a parking ticket is almost a certainty. If the meter expires while you're in the water, you'll surface to a ticket. There are condominiums adjacent to the stairs at street level that lead to the beach. Please respect the privacy of the residents. There are public telephones and picnic tables nearby. It may be wise to check if the public restrooms at nearby Heisler Beach are locked before you begin your dive. I saw no restaurants in the immediate area of the site, but it's a fine site for a picnic, so bring nonalcoholic beverages and lunch. A variety of restaurants can be found on Pacific Coast Highway, not far away.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2001
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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