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Heisler Park - Picnic Beach is a shore accessible salt water dive site, located in Laguna, CA. This dive site has an average rating of 3.18 out of 5 from 11 scuba divers.

If you have non-divers with you, this is a wonderful park for them to hang out; they will soak in as much beauty above water, as you will below!
Make a left on Cliff Drive about 1/4 mile North of Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna. Drive to the Western end of the park.
Much like Diver’s Cove. Nice beach area and a good dive. Saw various fish out to about 30 feet. A little more rock formation/plant life on the bottom than Diver’s Cove.
This spot is best for skin diving since many cool things can be seen from the surface or within 10’ from the surface. The best spots are in shallow water, including an arch, which is better to dive at high tide. In the shallow waters there are some interesting channels to swim through that are abundant with critters, including abalone. If you don’t mind surge, this is a fun spot to dive when you just want to go sightseeing.
Much than can be said about adjacent Diver’s Cove applies to Heisler Park (also known as Picnic Beach) but the this site exhibits a difference in bottom contour and vegetation, and I think a better variety and abundance of marine life. It is also included in the marine reserve and I was advised that nothing may be taken from the water. I found dorids and nudibranches on the rocks on a springtime visit. There were some gorgonian sea fans and limpets on the rocks, as well as sole or halibut on the sandy patches. There were blue-banded gobies on the kelp holdfasts. Garibaldi, blacksmith, senorite wrasse, opaleye and other fish were sufficient in number to make this a worthwhile dive. Swimming to the south, to the left of my shore entry, I found a thicker growth of kelp in approx. 30 ft depth. Entries and exits can be difficult when the surf is up. This beach is very crowded with sun worshippers during the summer months, when classes are out, and simply finding a parking space is challenge. Parking on Cliff Drive (overlooking the beach) is metered. This site is a good choice to bring nondiving family members, because there are restrooms, a shower and picnic tables available. Traffic in Laguna Beach on Pacific Coast Highway is very dense during the warmer months, but there are interesting shops, galleries and restaurants throughout the city. If you’re a diver who balances time under the surface with quality family time, this site can cover both priorities.


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bluebrad - 7/01/2019 9:58 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/29/2019. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
ill update this with a video link
ScubaGammy - 10/05/2017 7:52 PM
Anybody diving tomorrow (oct 9) near Laguna?
Lianica - 2/13/2016 2:31 PM
Rating Added: 4
Enjoyed this area very much. Parking can get bad in weekends, I try and shoot for weekdays. :-)
ScubaLeprechaun - 11/27/2014 11:48 AM
Rating Added: 3
Catch it during high tide in the autumn.