LA - Marineland

LA - Marineland
California Mid
USA West


Site Review by
 Kimberly Woods
Date: 12/21/2004


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Kimberly Woods Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Costa Mesa Reef:    5.00
State:   CA Animal:    5.00
Country:   USA Plant:    5.00
Diving:   18 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   1000 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    4.12
This spot truly feels like you are diving in an aquarium but only when the surf is down and the visibility is great. If not, the water remains very cloudy when the surf is up. There are great shallow areas to check out at the point but the current can be strong. At the southern end, it is calmer and easier to enter the water, although it is rocky. Some of the cool reef are farther out from the natural cave on shore but be prepared for a long swim. These reefs have some unusual critters and occasionally you can come across a mantis shrimp and some seal lions. If you're entering at the beach, keep an eye out for the few pilings that remain of the old Marineland pier. If the conditions were consistently great, I would dive this spot everyday.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2004
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    3.00

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