Overview of Malaga Cove

Malaga Cove

Malaga Cove
California Mid
USA West


Site Review by
 Doug from Cucamonga
Date: 09/25/2010


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Doug from Cucamonga Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    2.00
City:   Cucamonga Reef:    3.00
State:   CA Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   2 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   109 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    2.90
An interesting dive site. When conditions are good this can be a very enjoyable shallow dive. There's lots of Kelp and other plant life, lots of marine life (including Leopard Sharks and Horn Sharks) and a fairly good-sized reef structure. However, the drive there is weird (traveling through lots of winding roads in Palos Verdes). Plus the walk down to the beach is a nightmare in full gear (I just cart my gear down to the beach and suit up on shore). AND conditions are very hit or miss. Sometimes visibility is 20ft with virtually no surf and surge. A couple of days later the site may be undivable. Definitely worth checking out, but if your looking for a 'sure' dive, or a true beginner dive, you'd be better off heading to Laguna or San Diego.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    4.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2010
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    4.00

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