Overview of The Cliff

The Cliff

California Mid
USA West


The Cliff is nice dive with easy access. Located at 'The Cliff at Shell Beach', you'll find this a civilized dive!

Directions: At the North end of Pismo Beach, from Highway 1, exit on Spy Glass Drive. Turn right on Shell Beach Road, and drive for 1/4 mile. You'll see The Cliff on your left.


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07/03/2005 Kendall Roberg (Avg: 3.60 Review) - There are many great spots very close to each other in Shell Beach to dive. We dove yesterday in visibility around 10 feet. We saw 4 seven gill sharks (largest was 8 feet long) in only 17 minutes of diving. They would swim about 4 feet away from us to check us out and then slowly swim away. They are found near the edges of the kelp forest. These sharks are common here and are found in water 8 to 15 feet deep. Surge, current, and sharks make it not the best dive for beginners, but for the seasoned divers out there, this is an awesome site! Sting rays too! Wait for good conditions and visibility and bring some extra weight to keep you down (much of the reef is quite shallow at only 8 to 10 feet deep). Neat bluish-green sponges and seals too. Watch your head when you surface, as kayaking is very popular in this area.

08/11/2003 Captain Jim (Avg: 2.70 Review) - Absolutely a navigattion dive. The worst vis I've personnaly experienced in 40 years of diving. Beautiful spot, great beach. 1000 steps. Couldn't evaluate bottom conditions sea life or plant life because we couldn't see any. Well if you don't count running into the bottom that is.

11/14/2002 Debbie (Avg: 2.33 Review) - There was really nothing to see and the walk from the beach back up the stairway to the car was very difficult to say the least.


Site Photos

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 Map     Sat
GPS: CM0601


Parking at The Cliff 

Park in the designated spaces in the back right of the Cliff parking lot. The trail head begins beyond the black car.

Trail Head



Trail Head at The Cliff 

A nicely groomed path leads you to stairs and the water's edge.




Overview at The Cliff 

A view to the left shows the rocky structure you'll also find underwater.




Overview at The Cliff 

To the right is a good expanse of beach.


 Map     Sat
GPS: CM0605


Entry at The Cliff 

Enter to the far side of the kelp bed, of course, and circle around to the point.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  The Cliff  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  2.33
Bottom Conditions:  3.33
Reef Conditions:  3.00
Animal Life:  3.00
Plant Life:  2.67
Facilities:  1.67
Solitude 3.33
Roads:  3.67
*Site Average:  2.88

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.67
Beginner Scuba:  2.33
Intermediate Scuba:  2.33
Advanced Scuba:  3.33
Night diving Scuba:  2.67

Number of reviews for this site: 3


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