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Site Review by
 Dustin Meyer
Date: 09/07/2009


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Dustin Meyer Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Lake Forest Reef:    4.00
State:   CA Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   3 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   30 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.47
The Cave(s) at La Jolla was pretty much my favorite SoCal dive yet. I've done a lot of snorkeling in Laguna Beach, which I truly enjoyed, but for me this was on another level. My brother and I swam over from La Jolla Cove, it was max about a quarter mile swim, just pace yourself, you should be fine as the swell is calm. The visibility wasn't good until we actually got to the caves. We noticed some other people entering from the rocks, but it looked slightly treacherous. I'd try it next time but I'd have to find how to get there from the road. As far as what we actually saw - the actual caves were amazing, we were able to swim right into them, some had multiple inlets / outlets. The fish here, as with La Jolla cove, are very used to people. I had about 6 Garibadi floating about a foot under me for quite some time. (They probably though I was going to feed them, like some other people had been. Don't do this, it's prohibited.) There was a lot of kelp and eel grass right outside the caves. On the swim back to La Jolla Cove, I saw a 4 foot leopard shark, and a small octopus. Another snorkeler said he had seen a moray eel. I highly recommend this site, just make sure you go on a good day, and always use caution around the caves and rocks.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2009
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00

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