Beach Dive Site: Leo Carrillo in Malibu, California
Right off Pacific Coast Highway (PCH, Leo Carrillo can surprise you with almost anything! From Sharks to large Bay Rays to Halibut and other exciting, exotic creatures. This site is a definitely a top choice when conditions are just right! Leo Carrillo is one of the most popular destinations for Night Dives and Lobster Hunting in Southern California. It has easy parking at night on PCH (Monday-Thursday). Leo Carillo actually covers a wide area; South Leo, Sequit point and North Leo. Healthy kelp beds are found in all 3 places along with a vast array of Marine Life. Difficulty Level 7/10.
Interests: Schools of Perch fill the Kelp Forest, and large Bat Rays will lay in the sand between the kelp areas. A Soupfin Shark may even swim through the outer Kelp beds. Lobsters, Cabezon, Sheep Crabs, Kelpfish, and Octopus can be found in as little as 10ft depth. Nudibranchs and Gorgoneions start becoming more coming in the outer reefs past 30ft, after the kelp stops. Blacksmith and barred sand bass will also explore this area. Look for large Halibut in the sand past 30ft! Don't be surprised in a Harbor Seal or Sea Lion accompanies you on your dive.
Entry & Exits: Entry is fairly simple with a sandy beach and a few rocky areas. Enter between Lifeguard Station #2 and #3, walking down the stairs into the cove just to the left of Sequit Point and Lifeguard Tower #3. Swim out for a just a minute, the reef starts on your right.
Suggestions: Visibility is best during the late Summer and all through Fall when the South Swell is low. The Reef and Kelp Forest are packed with Marine Life from 15 - 30ft depth.
Best time to Dive: During small south swells and high tide.
Visibility: 15 - 30ft
Warnings: Divers should be comfortable walking up and down stairs in gear. Watch out for hidden rocks when entering the water at this site. Apply a surf entry appropriate to the current conditions and the scope of your training. Beware of cars speeding by on PCH when gearing up. Use prudent judgement when Beach Diving, perform an environmental assessment of the area before you gear up.
Depth Recommendations: 12 - 40ft are where most of the points of interest are for this site.
Safety: Use of a Float, Flag, Anchor and Descent line are required for Beach Diving. Cell Phone, Oxygen Kit and First Aid Kit are always recommended.
Directions: Click on map for GOOGLE MAP directions
Parking: Parking is free along the PCH scuba diving spots, and the spots are usually available except on weekends during the summer. Park just past Mullholland drive, and take one of the paths towards the water.
Photos of the Leo Carrillo parking area on PCH, and the stairs going down to the dive site. You can see sequit point and lifeguard station #3 in the background. The best diving is all around that point, and straight out from the point.
By Dylan J. Johnson
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