Overview of La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove
California South
USA West


Site Review by
 Brandon Cales
Date: 08/02/2010


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Brandon Cales Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Apple Valley Reef:    3.00
State:   CA Animal:    3.00
Country:   US Plant:    4.00
Diving:   years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    2.00


*Average:    3.01
First time visiting. The water is almost 10 degrees warmer than Orange County beaches which made it an easier dive. The parking and entry/exit is the worst part of it all.
Parking - if you get there 6:30/7:00am you should be fine, anytime after 8:00, you're walking. They do have a gear drop off area and from what I saw, no one touches the gear.
Entry/Exit - it's not difficult except when the tide is in and waves come. If you can catch it between sets, just inflate and walk out as far as you can, then fin up and take off. Be sure to stay away from the cliff side at first. There are two sets of stairs from the grassy area to the beach - the west side is easier on the bottom step. Be careful of rocks while getting in. Dove the kelp beds which offered a lot more fish, it was a little mucky but had 10 or so foot viz. Dove at the buoy, not as much sea life, but the seals will play. A pod of dolphins was nice to see.
After dive - dealing with grass is easier to drop gear. Showers are decent for cleanup and restrooms weren't too bad. Great area to bring the family, too.

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2010
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    3.00

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