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Diving in San Diego

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When to go to San Diego

Climate in San Diego is mild and temperate. It is characterized by warm and dry summers and mild and wet winters. The coldest and the rainiest months are from December to March with air and water temperatures of 13-15C/55-59F. The most advisable months for visiting San Diego and diving around it are from June to September with approximate air temperatures of 20-23C/68-73F and water temperatures of 18-20C/64-68F. Average visibility is around 20m/65ft. Currents are generally mild.


What to see

Scuba diving in San Diego is a great experience. The sea life is represented by snails, shrimps, crabs, starfish, nudibranchs, lobsters, butterfly rays, thornback rays and mackarel. The most popular creature, though, is Garibaldi – the Californian State fish.


Most popular dive sites 

Usually divers choose the following dive sites: Pt Loma Kelp Beds, Pipes, La Jolla Cove and Shores. Such spots as HMCS Yukon, El Ray and Ruby E are full of wrecks and artificial reefs. 

Scuba diving in San Diego

San Diego is one of the most popular tourists' destinations in California. It is an amazing place to spend a vacation due to the multiple attractions and stunning local natural beauties. Tourists can either explore the history of the town, roaming around the old streets with architecture of a colonial style and visiting museums, or admire local natural beauties in various parks or gardens. The most popular places are Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town State Historic Park and the Museum of Art. Another crowded place in the destination is a seaport village and miles of the finest Californian beaches. San Diego is a diving-oriented area due to the rich marine world and favorable diving conditions. Divers have wonderful opportunities to examine both natural reef walls and artificial reefs. Diving in San Diego let divers enjoy colorful coral types covering multiple boulders, rock formations and pinnacles, expore various caves, caverns, canyons and crevices with lots of swim-throughs. There are plenty of wrecks underwater and lots of them became shelters for hundreds of marine species. Penetration is also possible while scuba diving in the most of the destination's wreck dive sites. Underwater photography is very popular with local divers. Depth range is 20-30m/65-98ft. However, there are dive sites with the maximum depth point of 40m/130ft. Various dive sites are accessible by boat and offer conditions for divers of different levels.