Overview of Shaws Cove

Shaws Cove

Shaws Cove
California South
USA West


Site Review by
 Jason NYC
Date: 07/02/2012


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jason NYC Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Los Angeles Reef:    4.00
State:   CA Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   12 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   325 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.42
My buddy and I hit this spot for the first time ever on a busy Saturday. We found free street parking somewhat easily at about 5:30pm as people were starting to leave this very busy beach cove in Laguna where parking is residential and hard to come by on weekends. We saw at least 15 divers entering and exiting but never saw one underwater all weekend. If you are using a GPS and have never been here before, set your GPS to find the intersection of Cliff Drive and Fairview in Laguna, park, then find the substantial set of cement stairs that leads to this very pretty little cove. It was High tide when we entered and the water was almost to the bottom of the stairs. In we went on the right/north side and followed the reef line on the right with the sand on the left. Out and then right and back again. Easy as pie to navigate. This was our second dive of the day and viz was down from before to about 5-7ft as best. 61f at 38 fsw max. No current really with the ever present Laguna surge. All the normal SoCal critters, kelp, rocks, etc... A really nice dive with a sandy entrance. Surf was maybe 1-2 ft. Pretty calm day here. The hardest part is getting a parking spot on weekend and getting back up the stairs but compared to other sites in Laguna, the stairs here are pretty tame.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2012
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    3.00

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