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  • Welcome to California Diving News – Your Resource for Diving the Golden State

    Welcome to California Diving News – Your Resource for Diving the Golden State

    Walk into a dive store in Indiana and ask the person behind the counter about diving in Bonaire. Or about the Cayman Islands. They have been there, and can tell you anything that you want to know. Tell them that you are going on a business trip to California and would like to dive there — what can they tell you about it? Odds are, blank stares. California …Read More »

  • An Underwater Safari: Exploring Africa Cove

    An Underwater Safari: Exploring Africa Cove

    When we boarded the Sundiver Express we were headed for Catalina Island, but when we reached our dive site, the skipper, Kyaa, said we’d just reached Africa. I’m not exactly certain how Africa Cove got its name, but I’m guessing it’s because exploring this site is like being on an underwater safari. Almost immediately I found a pair of moray …Read More »

  • Ocean Creatures Without Borders: Observing SoCal’s Changing Ocean

    Ocean Creatures Without Borders: Observing SoCal’s Changing Ocean

    Political borders are essentially meaningless to marine life, as they can swim or drift across them without concern. Recently several marine critters have entered into southern California waters, including Catalina, as somewhat natural range extensions through dispersal. I find these new arrivals of great interest. Fish such as barracuda, yellowtail, tuna and even tiny anchovy can migrate through active dispersal, …Read More »

  • Monterey’s Accidental Dive Site: Municipal Wharf II

    Monterey’s Accidental Dive Site: Municipal Wharf II

    ‘What is the best dive in Monterey Bay? What is best? Best for photography? Easiest entry? Most diverse marine life? Not an easy question… No easy answers… One way to address the question is to listen to what the experts say. Lynn May, the original owner of the Silver Prince dive boat, could dive anywhere he wanted. He claimed that …Read More »

  • Red, Green, Yellow and Brown: The Colorful Lives of California Kelpfish

    Red, Green, Yellow and Brown: The Colorful Lives of California Kelpfish

    Kelpfish Stats Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Superclass: Gnathostomata Superclass: Pisces Class: Actinopterygii Order: Perciformes Family: Clinidae: Giant kelpfish, crevice kelpfish, striped kelpfish, spotted kelpfish Family: Labrisomidae: Island kelpfish Genus/species: Giant kelpfish (Heterostichus rostratus) Island kelpfish (Alloclinus holderi) Spotted kelpfish (Gibbonsia elegans) Striped Kelpfish (Gibbonsia metzi) Crevice kelpfish (Gibbonsia montereyensis) Giant kelpfish tend to keep their distance. I have …Read More »

  • A Coastal Kelp Diving Excursion: Leo Carillo State Beach

    A Coastal Kelp Diving Excursion: Leo Carillo State Beach

    There is nothing quite as peaceful and refreshing as a glide through a wonderful kelp forest to forget about the frantic-paced life of Los Angeles. And Leo Carrillo State Beach is just the place to do it. While I know a dive cruise out to Catalina or Anacapa Islands is preferred, sometimes we simply do not have the time to …Read More »

  • Salty Talk: A Diver’s Guide to Seas and Oceans and Bays and Such

    Salty Talk: A Diver’s Guide to Seas and Oceans and Bays and Such

    Archipelago. I love that word. While it can mean any group of islands close to each other I frequently hear it used to describe many islands that carry great diving opportunities. In the eastern Pacific Ocean we have the Galapagos Archipelago off Ecuador, and off the tip of Baja, the Archipelago Islas de Revillagigedo (try saying that one with marbles …Read More »

  • A Pop of Color: Admiring California Hydrocoral

    A Pop of Color: Admiring California Hydrocoral

    Much prized by underwater photographers for its beautiful colors, California hydrocoral (Stylaster californicus) is one of the 350 species of hydroids in the Phylum Cnidaria. A close cousin of the fire corals found in tropical waters, it is not a true (stony) coral. Cnidaria (the “C” is silent) is not a small, insignificant phylum. It contains approximately 10,000 species, at …Read More »

  • In Maui Before Sunset: Enjoying the Ease and Excitement of a Hawaiian Adventure

    In Maui Before Sunset: Enjoying the Ease and Excitement of a Hawaiian Adventure

    We’re lucky to have some incredible diving right here in our own backyard, but even hardcore California divers get a bit of underwater wanderlust from time to time. The thing is, we’re a little spoiled. When we’re planning local dive trips we don’t have to carry a passport and wait in line to clear immigrations and customs. We don’t have …Read More »

  • The Jewel of Emerald Bay: Indian Rock

    The Jewel of Emerald Bay: Indian Rock

    My buddy and I became separated. We could not see each other. Although the water clarity was upward of 50 feet, and we were about 20 feet off the bottom, and only 20 feet apart we were blinded simply by the engulfing mass of silver life that surrounded us. I even had trouble telling which way was up! The school …Read More »

  • The Perfect “Camp and Dive” Site: Ocean Cove

    The Perfect “Camp and Dive” Site: Ocean Cove

    Ocean Cove is well protected from the northwest wind and swell and provides access to some of Sonoma County’s best diving. A road runs from the campground to the beach, allowing easy access to the cove, and making this a very convenient place to launch inflatable boats and kayaks to explore areas further from the beach. The bottom of Ocean …Read More »

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