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Old Marineland - Palos Verdes CA


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This is an awesome shore dive, plan for a rock entry and if the surf is heavy you may have to enter at the cobblestone cove to the NE. Plan to see many different varieties of Nudibranch and lots of other interesting critters. This site often offers conditions close to what you would expect at Catalina Island. Because of the rocky entry and exits this is an intermediate level dive.

7103 Westward Beach Rd.Palos Verdes, CA
Skill Level: Advanced with experience making rocky bottom entrances.
Diving conditions once in the water can be navigated by most novice divers, however the rocky entrances can be potentially dangerous for divers without experience with these types of entries. Two entry points exist at this beach. The southern cove at this beach is covered entirely by small rocks and rounded boulders. Divers should be aware of the surf conditions, as waves here break relatively close to shore. As sure footing is very difficult to attain at this point for even advanced divers, when crashing waves are added to an already precarious entrance this entry can become very difficult to complete without falling over.
The northern entrance should only be attempted by expert divers under pristine conditions. Even under the most perfect conditions divers should still be exceptionally cautious as even the smallest of waves can pose a threat when rushing between the large boulders found at this point. Hard sole dive boots are recommended for making entrances at both locations.
Visibility: 10-20 feet
Bottom Composition: Old Marineland is comprised of both a largely sandy bottom in the cove surrounded by several rock reefs both inside and outside Old Marineland Point. Kelp is clearly visible to the left and right of the lower beach. The reef structure varies from large boulders to long shelf structures. Many of the reef structures are formed into overhangs, while some resemble small underwater arches. To view pictures of Old Marineland’s reef structure and bottom composition please click this link!
Dangers: The dive spot entrances pose the greatest potential of danger to divers. One not so obvious threat is the long walk to the entrance point. Under the weight of equipment, and in the confines of a 7mm thick wet suit, the walk to the entrances exposes divers to over exertion and over-heating.
http://www.ecodivecenter.com/content/old-marineland-rancho-palos-verdes-california

http://www.calcoastdivers.com/DiveLocations/oml.html
http://www.pacificwilderness.com/Dive%20Sites/LA%20County/Palos%20Verdes/MarineLand/MarineLand.htm

Comments

SMcLernon - 10 days 17 hours ago.
Rating Added: 3
Not bad. Hike back up the hill was a good workout
Songbird - 7/27/2013 3:07 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/27/2013. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
First shore dive with new custom 9mil wetsuit. Harbor seal played with us and nipped my fins all the way back to cove.
Rich-D-Fish - 7/27/2013 3:04 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/27/2013. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Harbor Seal played with us all the way back to the cove.
coachgkj - 6/19/2013 11:04 AM
I went scuba diving here on 6/16/2013. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
Didnt last long due to breaking a blood vessel in my nose.
But at least i got to meet good dive buddy.
I need to get in better shape!!!
Rich-D-Fish - 6/16/2013 2:52 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/16/2013. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
Rich-D-Fish - 6/02/2013 1:56 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/2/2013. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
120 Reef
Tromptista - 3/05/2012 1:49 PM
I went scuba diving here on 3/4/2012. Average viz: 36-40ft/11-12m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
Very nice incredible day for diving. The ocean as far as the eye could see was a virtual lake. As if you could walk on water to Catalina. As we saw these uniquely calm conditions approaching NBTT - http://www.divebuddy.com/club.aspx?ClubID=282 ]scheduled a dive for Old Marineland. While not my favorite dive spot it is one of the unique spots you can find an abundance of strawberry anemone and a variety of fish. On this day surprisingly did not see many fish a very large sheep head in the distance and a small horn shark, some lobster. The super calm conditions allowed for an almost effortless entry from the point (avoiding the several hundred yard swim) from the cove. We had a group of 10 divers from NBTT.
Tromptista - 12/19/2011 3:02 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/10/2011. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
Another good dive with NBTT ("No Beach Too Tough") -
http://www.divebuddy.com/club.aspx?ClubID=282
We dove the 180 reef entry from the cove. Visibility was bad, we tried to all stay together but eventually go separated on the way back. Despite the bad visibility we were able to see lots of nice growth on the reef and nudi
Rich-D-Fish - 9/07/2008 1:06 AM
During the Summer of 2008 the massive Terranea luxury resort is being built on the site of the Old Marineland park. There is a 10 spot paved parking lot for divers/public and a dirt trail .6 miles long leading down to the cobble cove. The trail slope is gentle but long and rocky, and some people bring wagons and dollys to haul their gear, but most just hike it. Plans for the resort include a new public access parking lot with paved paths all the way down to both the cobble beach and the point, including bathrooms and changing areas, to be complete sometime Summer 2009. Best shore dive in Southern California, but not an easy entry/exit.

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