Orange County

Newport Pier

For many years I’ve heard about diving under the Newport Pier. I was never keen on the idea. It’s surrounded my surfers and sand, and protected by a curtain of fishing poles. Three years ago, my friend Jim, finally talked me into it. “We’ll make a quick dive before work,” he said. I work 10 minutes from there. So what, I’ll be a little late?” Upon arrival, my expectations held. Lots of surfers, lots of sand and lots of fisherman. The upside was, it was […]

Fisherman’s Cove

Where coral reefs abound, a typical shallow coral reef formation is what is known as “spur and groove.” With the “spur and groove,” fingers of reef extend out from shore with sand “grooves” in between. Sometimes the space between the reefs is very narrow making deep crevice-like passages. Life covered mini-walls often abound. The closest resemblance to this formation that I have seen in California are the reefs at Fisherman’s Cove, Laguna Beach. Now mind you, we do not have coral reefs in California. This […]

Diver’s Cove

I love diving in the winter, especially when it comes to parking at one of the most popular dive spots in all of Southern California. On a recent winter dive we pulled up at Diver’s Cove in Laguna Beach and was one of two cars parked in the entire area. Not only were we the only divers in sight, but we also had just had a few days of Santa Ana wind conditions. The water was flat calm, and looked incredible. It only took us […]

Salt Creek, Dana Point

I’ve been to Salt Creek numerous times over the last 15 years. My reaction has always been the same. BORING! Bad visibility, low reef structure and no kelp. But that perception was about to change. In the beginning of this past lobster season, I passed it by a few times. I was amazed at the kelp. Small patches, but for not seeing measurable kelp off the coast for many years, if not for a decade or two, this was a welcome surprise. At the end […]

Montage (aka Treasure Island)

Controversy and debate are nothing new to real estate development along the California coastline. When developers purchased the Treasure Island property back in 1986, plans were ambitious to create a massive luxury real estate development. But the City of Laguna Beach had a different idea. Eventually, a compromise was formed that benefited all those parties concerned—the city, the resort developers and, most importantly, the public wanting access to this picturesque shoreline. Thus the Montage Resort and Spa complex was born with the public access portion […]

Diver’s Cove to Fisherman’s Cove Loop

Today you’ve got just one tank. Why dive just one dive site when you can dive two? The neighboring pair of Diver’s Cove and Fisherman’s Cove in Laguna Beach allows you to do just that. And both are great beach dive sites. Parking for both sites are in the same location with paths to the water for each just a few steps apart. The parking is a handful of metered parking spots directly in front of Diver’s Cove and then some additional metered parking on […]

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