Overview of Shaws Cove

Shaws Cove

Shaws Cove
California South
USA West


Site Review by
 Victor Chu AKA Batman
Date: 05/03/2009


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Victor Chu AKA Batman Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Tustin Ranch Reef:    3.00
State:   CA Animal:    5.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   21 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   2800 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.47
Excellent spot for both beginners and instructors alike. April 30, 2009 night dive: 1-2' surf, 2-5' surge, and poor vis (5-8') with 2 Night Specialty students. On the surface, this would seem like poor conditions for a dive but after hundreds of dives at Shaw's, we still got a big surprise. Groups of 3'+ wingspan bat rays were congregating inside the reef and swam circles around us for lengths of time (5 min +) in 2 areas inside the reef! 2 large eels (5-6'+) inside a crevice. 1 large 10-12lb lobster next to the eels. The local female harbor seal 'Sparky' also followed and played with us for quite a few minutes swimming between our legs and brushing up against us. By far one of the most enjoyable dives at Shaw's or anywhere in Laguna!    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2009
Visibility:    1.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    5.00

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