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California is the third largest state in the USA. Travelers from across the globe chose California for an exciting vacation with lots of activities to try and plenty of places to see. The region capture every visitor by stunning landscapes, endless coastlines, sunny harbors and bays, green parks and gardens, giants monuments and skyscrapers. California is a land of dreamers, non-stop rush and crazy nightlife. One should definitely start a Californian vacation in San Diego, sunbath at Huntington Beach, visit world-famous Santa Barbara, spend a night in Los Angeles and try water activities in San Francisco. For those, who are tired of crowded museums, theaters and galleries, California offers an unforgettable rest on the seashores. The region is a real paradise for surfers, snorkelers and divers. Diving in California let explorers see the marine reaches of the area and make wonderful underwater photos. Fantastic dive spots let divers explore so many caves, caverns, crevices, canyons, pinnacles, boulders, drop-offs and swim-throughs that one will need more than a week to admire all of the local marine beauties. History buffs can choose wreck diving in California, as there are dozens of old remains buried on the bottom. The diversity of gorgonians, sea anemones, sea cucumbers, hard and soft corals create a striking multicolored view. Average depth ranges between 20-30m/65-98ft with a maximum point of 40m/130ft. Dive sites are accessible either be boat or from shore and are suitable for divers of different levels.
When to go to California
California has a great climate for visiting the area throughout a year. The period from December to March is the coldest with the highest amount of the rainfall. Average air and water temperatures are of 15-20C/60-68F. The most suitable months for visiting California are from June to September with approximate air and water temperatures of 25-28C/77-82F. Average visibility is around 20m/65ft. Currents vary from place to place, but usually they are moderate and may reach 1 knot.
What to see
Divers can encounter lots of shrimps, crabs, nudibranchs, lobsters, butterfly rays, thornback rays, mackarel, octopi, garibaldi, leopard sharks, sea lions and rock wrasse while diving in the region.
Most popular dive sites
Scuba diving in California is represented by the great diversity of dive sites. The most visited spots are Carmel Pinnacles, Point Loma Kelp Beds, Naples Reef and La Jolla Cove, which are perfect to explore reefs and watch marine creatures. The most popular wreck dive sites are HMCS Yukon and Ruby E.