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Casino Point Underwater Park - Avalon CA


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Overview

Established in 1962, the Avalon Underwater Park was the country’s first city designated underwater park. With its rich and abundant sea life, easy access, and typically good visibility, it is a very popular dive sites hosting thousands of divers a year. During the summer months, hundreds of divers can be found diving the site and as a favorite location for check-out dives for Open Water scuba classes. Situated adjacent to the famous Casino, the park is roughly rectangular extending from the west-most side of the Casino round to the end of breakwater with buoys and lines marking the park boundaries. It has many points of interest including: the Jacques Yves Cousteau plaque, the Sujac (wreck), and a sunken swim platform from the 1960s.

Underwater

Entry is rather easy with concrete stairs and a hand-rail extending into the water during all but low-tide. Once entering the water, you will see the benefits of the park’s preserve status as you experience a wealth of marine life, fish, invertebrates, kelp and other abundant plant life. Visibility is typically in the 40+ range and has been over 100+. Depth averages about 50’ and you can easily reach 100’ within the Park boundaries. As with most west coast diving, there are numerous thermoclines. Temperatures range from mid-60’s on the surface; low 50’s at depth during the summer and about 10 degrees cooler during the winter months. Amenities include: restrooms, pay lockers, nearby restaurants, and an air fill ’trailer’ where you can rent AL80s and lead. Most visitors to the island arrive in Avalon via the Catalina Express or Catalina Flyer. It’s a relatively short walk from the docks to the Underwater Park and taxi’s are available.

Comments

AJ2058 - 5/15/2017 1:15 AM
I went scuba diving here on 5/13/2017. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
hockeyman - 10/12/2016 12:30 PM
Rating Added: 5
i have been there on several dives great diving deep water and shallow enough for any divers experience level lots to see and explore great night diving as well as daytime busy on summer weekends but the rest of the time its good a must for anyone going to southern california
bluebrad - 9/05/2016 6:04 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/4/2016. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
mcrowder - 1/26/2016 2:31 PM
I went scuba diving here on 1/17/2016. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
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dbuzan - 8/25/2015 6:27 AM
Good spot for the casual diver (Open water) sightseeing but there are much better spots in the area that are a bit harder to get to. I dove it a few times back in the 70’s & 80’s but I haven’t been back since.
TrishaLynne - 2/16/2015 3:09 AM
I went scuba diving here on 2/14/2015. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
Day one of open water training. Glad thats done and over. Day two went much much better. I’m in love. Going for my advanced in two weeks. Why didn’t I do this sooner?
TrishaLynne - 2/16/2015 3:01 AM
I went scuba diving here on 2/15/2015. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
First item in my bucket list, get certified in scuba. Done. Also Nitrox and Peak Performance Bouyancy.
Wyatt - 1/28/2015 3:02 PM
Rating Added: 3
Good fun for the Open Water Class
Rabidwolf - 8/23/2014 6:28 PM
Rating Added: 3
Where else is there a staircase right down to the water. Do not miss out on this place in your journeys in cali
Justdriveforward - 1/15/2014 10:46 AM
Rating Added: 4
great place to dive
asiantinman - 1/11/2014 7:10 PM
Rating Added: 5
Plenty of kelp. Diversity abundant. Even saw some sea lions at the dive site, but were out of water at the current time and didn’t get to dive with them!
mammothbuck - 11/26/2013 3:00 AM
Rating Added: 3
For California, it’s great. The water can be cold at times (especially Jan-May). Vis is 10-40 feet depending on conditions. There are some fish, not a lot when compared to other places, but for So Cal, it’s good. Shore access is easy and there is a refill station right on the shore line. Weekend crowds can be heavy at times. But all in all, a good spot for a weekend. I would recommended to people in So Cal, but not so much for those looking for a dive destination. If your in LA, is a great place for a day trip. But if you are near LAX, you can fly to Loreto Mexico (where you would see more fish) for about the same price (including hotel and food) and in about the same time as it would take you to get to Casino Point.
USMCRet93 - 10/29/2013 2:44 PM
Rating Added: 4
Been there, done that. A great spot for a weekend get away.
kruzi - 10/28/2013 4:28 PM
Rating Added: 4
Amazing!
M-i-k-e - 9/25/2013 7:12 PM
Rating Added: 5
Outstanding!
DiveMercenary - 7/28/2013 12:24 PM
Rating Added: 3
When you’ve have dives in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean that rate in the 5although still beautifulThis just doesn’t compare. :)
kmasilamani - 2/26/2012 9:57 AM
Rating Added: 3
very cold

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