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Cathedral Cove, Anacapa Island, CA.

 

Playful Sea Lions


Cathedral cove at Anacapa is a shallow, protected dive spot in the northeast section of the Anacapa's. The main attraction here is the famous Giant Kelp, Garibaldis, and sea lions. This area is also a California state marine reserve, so reef fish are abundant and wise to the laws. The calm waters and shallow depths make it perfect for scuba classes, kayakers, snorkelers and beginner divers out for fun dives. The diving area rarely gets deeper than 25ft.

This spot is known for its playful and friendly sea lions and spotted seals. One suggestion for interacting with the sea lions is that they prefer to play out in the sand areas. Swim away from the kelp, in a northwest direction, and within a couple minutes the sea lions will swim by to check you out, especially if you are first off the boat. Depths here will be about 30ft.

The left side of the cove (east side) has some small caves, caverns and crevices where you will find lobster, swell sharks and horn sharks. Other species to look for at this dive site include island California Kelpfish, Spotted Kelpfish, Plume Hydroids, Spanish Shawl Nudibranchs, and schooling fish such as Perch, Opaleye, Blacksmith, and Senoritas. One or two large sheephead also patrol the area.

You are sure to enjoy a dive at Cathedral cove.



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