Beach Site: Shaw's Cove in Laguna Beach, California.
Shaw's Cove, located in Laguna Beach is well known for its protection from large swells, amazing visibility and awesome Marine Life! All of these attributes make it highly suitable for the Beach Divers of ANY level. So many Scuba classes are held here every weekend, Shaw's Cove is quite possibly the most popular dive site in Orange County. With Crescent Bay and Deadman's Reef right around the corner, it's a prime spot to dive! Garibaldi, Blacksmith, Sheephead, Octopus, Bat Rays, Horn Sharks, Leopard Sharks, Halibut, Blennies, Moray Eels and Nudibranchs are all commonly found here! Difficulty Level 5/10.
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Maps are not to be used for navigational purposes of any kind.
Interests: Garibaldi, Blacksmith, Sheephead, Octopus, Bat Rays, Horn Sharks, Leopard Sharks, Halibut, Blennies, Moray Eels and Nudibranchs.
Entry & Exits: Use prudent judgement when Beach Diving, perform an environmental assessment of the area before you gear up. Sandy entry, use the handrail when traversing the stairs up and down from the parkinglot. Apply a surf entry appropriate to the current conditions and within the scope of your training.
Suggestions: Beginner dives will enter at the sandy beach, and surface swim out to the reef. A dive shop is located very close by for fills. The spot is also popular for night dives.
Best time to Dive: During small - flat South Swells and Slack Tide.
Directions: Click on map for GOOGLE MAP directions
Parking is free but can fill up quickly and very early on weekends. Be mindful of the residents and don't block driveways, you WILL be towed.
Photos of the Shaw's Cove Parking area, and the stairs going down to the dive site.
by Dylan J. Johnson
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