Overview of Pismo Pier

Pismo Pier

California Mid
USA West


World famous Pismo Beach is home to some fine sand-diving. Plan to spend the day, if not the week, enjoying the area.

Directions: Once in Pismo Beach, take time to drive to the North and South of the Pier. Choose any spot, preferably away from surfers and fishermen.


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12/27/2005 Ron Clough (Avg: 2.15 Review) - Great dive if you appreciate the life in sand. A lot of Angel sharks, shrimps and believe it or not there are huge clams in them there waters. Big fat Pismo clams are great to eat but make sure you check with the DFG before taking any. Sand dives are often overlooked and considered boring. However, if you take some time to look you will find a whole different environment and an appreciation for the creatures that survive there.

08/07/2005 Jim G. (Avg: 1.51 Review) - Talk about BORRIIINNG! Just like diving a parking lot at Wal Mart. Flat and dull. Almost no life. You take your life into your hands just getting out to the end of the pier. Surfers are all over here, so be really careful! It's a murky and really shallow dive. I'd pick another spot in a minute next time. Pass on this one.

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GPS: CM0701


Parking at Pismo Pier 

This is one of several parking areas along the beach. In some locations, you may be able drive on the beach to a suitable entry point. Otherwise, expect a 200 yard hike to the water's edge.




Overview at Pismo Pier 

Sand, Sand Everywhere! During off-season, you'll have the beach to yourself!


 Map     Sat
GPS: CM0703


Entry at Pismo Pier 

With the Pismo Pier in the background, choose your entry.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Pismo Pier  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.00
Bottom Conditions:  2.00
Reef Conditions:  1.00
Animal Life:  1.50
Plant Life:  1.50
Facilities:  3.00
Solitude 1.00
Roads:  3.00
*Site Average:  1.83

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  1.00
Beginner Scuba:  2.50
Intermediate Scuba:  2.50
Advanced Scuba:  2.50
Night diving Scuba:  3.50

Number of reviews for this site: 2


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