This Island has some of the best California diving there is. Beautiful thick kelp forests filled with ocean creatures. Pyramid cove is a great dive site.
Located just 60 miles west of San Diego, this 18 mile long island is the jewel of the southern Channel Islands!
Sunlit shallows and vertical walls of San Clemente’s leeward side are an excellent place for beginners to acclimate themselves and for more adventurous to explore walls and deep pinnacles.
The world-famous Pyramid Cove is an absolute diver’s Mecca. The cove, which encompasses four miles of the southern end of San Clemente, has dozens of dive locations with extremely diverse underwater terrain. The canyons , arches, walls, and redwood-like kelp forests have earned this area the distinction of being rated among the best dive destinations in the world! You could spend a week here and not hit all of the amazing dive sites.
For the adventurous, San Clemente’s windswept backside is the place to observe nature as it was. Due to the prevailing wind and the open-ocean sell, we rarely get to dive this area. But when Mother Nature allows us to venture up the windward-side we feel blessed. Pristine kelp forests, abrupt walls, huge fish, crevices packed with spiny lobster...absolutely more life than can be viewed in one dive, or one trip for that matter.
San Clemente’s far west end offers more magic. The Coral Garden and Purple Boilers, carpeted with beautiful purple hydrocoral, are a photographer’s dream. Castle Rock’s shallow water caves and kelp forest offer unparalleled exploration possibilities. Northwest Harbor, with its calm water and small sea lion rookery is the place to come face-to-face with a sea lion.
San Clemente offers something for everyone. Beginners to advanced divers will enjoy the same dive sites.