Overview of Marine Room

Marine Room

California South
USA West


A lesser known dive spot just to the South of La Jolla Shores is the Marine Room, named after the adjacent restaurant. This site provides better access to the Northern reef area.

Directions: 11 miles North of San Diego, take the Ardath Road exit to the West. In 1.4 miles bear left on Torrey Pines Road. In 0.3 mile, turn right on St. Louise Ter. Turn right on Spindrift Drive, and look for the Marine Room on your left.


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01/26/2013 Alex B. (Avg: 3.76 Review) - Great place to dive! The waves were so small you would have had to measure them in inches! Surprisingly, there were huge schools of leopard sharks in the shallows. I would expect that in the summer in fall, but this was in January. The visibility was also excellent. About 15-20ft! Fish seen include: leopard shark, round stingray, banded guitarfish, kelp bass, opaleye, garabaldi, and California sheephead. There was also a harbor seal hanging out in about 3 ft of water on our entrance from the water. Overall a great dive!

09/28/2012 Lynlee (Avg: 2.91 Review) - I went to this site late this summer- snorkeling. It is amazing for seeing leopard sharks in droves during this period. Sandy bottom and only about 15 ft visibility the day we went. We saw dozen of the sharks. Other than that it does not do much for me. The cove is a lot better for marine animal variety and plant life.

09/09/2011 Karina (Avg: 3.58 Review) - I have never seen so many stingrays in one place. The did not bother to move when we did the sting ray shuffle and they were hard not to step on.

12/25/2008 Andy from Huntington Beach (Avg: 4.25 Review) - Excellent spot if you want a deep dive close to shore. The canyon finger gets close to this location. Did a wonderful, deep 195' dive and we could have gone much deeper. Great location to practice deep dives due to an easy kick out with dual tanks.

04/27/2006 Luke Bitton (Avg: 3.22 Review) - Great beginner site as the depth is 40 ft max. The reef is teeming with large and small fish alike, and leopard shark sightings are almost guaranteed near shore. I've seen seals, dolphins, turtles, bass, electric rays, angel sharks, morays, HUGE sheep crab, octopus, nudibranchs, you name it.

03/21/2006 Lou (Avg: 3.57 Review) - Nice site but visited on a very bad day weather-wise. Was divable but barely. Would like to visit on calmer day. Lots of lobsters, kelp bass, guitarfish and numerous other fish seen. Even an octopus made an appearance. Parking not a problem midweek.

08/30/2004 Erika (Avg: 3.61 Review) - The site was the first place I went after I got my certification... There were fish everywhere, lots of lobsters, kelp bass, sting rays and schools of fish. The site was a great place to start! If you are near there you should pay it a visit.

08/16/2004 Shamu Lover (Avg: 4.09 Review) - We saw leopard sharks and a horn shark because it is the season for pregnant ones to come in close to shore. There were big school of fish, eagle ray, a bat ray and a sting ray. Nine foot leopard sharks were feeding on a bait ball of sardines. We stuck to the sandy bottom area. We recommend snorkeling in the late summer.

08/16/2004 Anonymous (Avg: 4.38 Review) - Reef can have a tremendous amount of life due to being in a marine preserve, including large schools of bait fish, bat-rays, sting rays, leopard sharks, barracudas, kelp bass, etc.

01/11/2004 Anonymous (Avg: 4.00 Review) - The surf can get high here. But when it is low it makes for an easy shore dive. In shallow waters you can see Leopard Sharks, and at night a lot of Lobsters.

08/04/2002 Bill Stohler (Avg: 3.47 Review) - I wasn't certified when I lived in San Diego, but this was my favorite snorkeling spot. The parking's not too abundant, but the marine life more than makes up for that. When the surf's down, it's an easy walk across the sand. Starting in just 3 feet of water, you're likely to see large stingrays (8 foot wingspans), leopard sharks, and guitarfish (skates). Garibaldi are also common around the kelp. Call the surf report before going if you want to make it worthwhile. Wetsuit necessary except for the end of summer.


Site Photos

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 Map     Sat
GPS: CS1101


Parking at Marine Room 

Park anywhere along the street. The trail head is on this side of the Marine Room (left-most orange roof).

Trail Head

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GPS: CS1102


Trail Head at Marine Room 

This small public access is the only indication of a path.




Overview at Marine Room 

Looking South.


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GPS: CS1104


Entry at Marine Room 

It's an easy walk into the surf zone.




aerial at Marine Room 
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Either explore to the left, or kick out to the reef area straight ahead.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Marine Room  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.45
Bottom Conditions:  3.91
Reef Conditions:  3.55
Animal Life:  4.27
Plant Life:  3.18
Facilities:  2.82
Solitude 2.64
Roads:  4.00
*Site Average:  3.71

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.91
Beginner Scuba:  4.45
Intermediate Scuba:  4.00
Advanced Scuba:  3.27
Night diving Scuba:  4.00

Number of reviews for this site: 11


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