La Jolla Scuba Dive Conditions & Dive Reports

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Check out our first-hand reports of scuba dive conditions in La Jolla and San Diego - both from shore and from our boat. We try to include visibility, temperature, surf height, weather and anything else worth mentioning after each dive.

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La Jolla Cove 2015-07-24

Report date 2015-07-24 at
Dive Site: La Jolla Cove
Dive Rating: Average
Site notes:

Visibility: 15ft 
Water Temp Surface: 70F 
Water Temp Depth: 70F 
Surge: Medium 
Surf: 2ft 

Dive notes:

Tope Sharks in the Kelp between A and Swim Buoy. Great dive with over 10 sightings!

Report by: Nick LeBeouf

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7/11/2015 Dive Conditions

Time: 7:00AM
Air Temp: 66F
Water Temp: 66F
Surf: 1-3′ at La Jolla Shores
Vis: 5′ at cove, 15′ at shores
Surge: Strong at cove, light at shores

-A

7/1/2015 Dive Conditions

Dive Site: Rock Pile La Jolla Cove
Time: 10:35AM
Water Temp: 68F at surface, 62F at depth
Surf: 1-2′
Vis: 15-25′
Current: West
Surge: Strong

-K

6/28/2015 Dive Conditions

Dive Site: Rock Pile La Jolla Cove
Time: 10:05AM
Water Temp: 68F at surface, 57F at depth
Surf: 1-2′
Vis: 5-15′
Current: West
Surge: Strong

-K

6/27/2015 Dive Conditions

Dive Site: La Jolla Shores
Time: 8:55AM
Water Temp: 68F at surface, 55F at depth
Surf: 1-3′
Vis: 10′ at surface, 35′ at depth
Surge: Light
Current: Slight south

Dive Site: Rock Pile La Jolla Cove
Time: 11:05AM
Water Temp: 69F at surface, 57F at depth
Surf: 0-1′
Vis: 10′ before A buoy, 25′ after
Surge: Light-moderate
Sightings: Tope sharks, garibaldis

-K

6/23/2015 Dive Conditions

Dive Site: La Jolla Shores
Time: 8:55AM
Water Temp: 65F at surface, 55F at depth
Surf: 4-5′
Surge: Moderate

Dive Site: B buoy La Jolla Cove
Time: 11:05AM
Water Temp: 59F at 55 ft
Surf: 3-4′
Surge: Strong
Sightings: Tope sharks and normal rock pile fish, good dive for low vis and strong surge

-N

6/22/2015 Dive Conditions

Even though it wasn’t the best visibility out there, we saw lots of marine life out there, and it was really nice with the sun out all morning.
Dive Site: Boat dive at Dino Head in Point Loma
Time: 10:15AM
Water Temp: 62F at surface, 57F at depth
Swell: Flat
Visibility: 30′

Dive Site: Boat dive at Donut hole in Point Loma
Time: 11:05AM
Water Temp: 57F
Visibility: 15′ murky
Surge: Strong
Sightings: Bat ray, tope shark, guitar fish, tons of Spanish Shawls

-K

6/21/2015 Dive Conditions

Dive Site: La Jolla Shores
Time: 9:15AM
Water Temp: 66F at surface 57F at depth
Surf: 2′
Visibility: 25′
Sightings: Halibut, horn sharks, navanax, sheephead, fringe heads

Dive Site: La Jolla Cove
Time: 11:15AM
Water Temp: 64F at surface, 57F at depth
Surf: None
Visibility: 30′
Sightings: Tope sharks, calico, garibaldi, sheepcrab, lobsters

-N

6/17/2015 Dive Conditions

Ocean was beautiful today, so glassy and flat with no wind! Weather was overcast and cold until the sun started peeking out on our ride back around 1:30PM. Beautiful dive at Horsehead reef with lots of life, not as nice dive conditions at our 2nd dive, but overall a wonderful day in the ocean.

Dive Site: Boat dive at Horsehead Reef in Point Loma
Time: 10:15AM
Water Temp: 62F at surface, 57F at depth
Swell: Flat
Visibility: 40′
Current: None
Sightings: Tons of nudibranchs, it was awesome!

Dive Site: Boat dive at Donut hole in Point Loma
Time: 11:55AM
Water Temp: 57F
Surf: None
Visibility: 25′ green

-A

6/16/2015 Dive Conditions

Dive Site: La Jolla Shores
Time: 9:15AM
Water Temp: 64F at surface 54F at depth
Surf: 3-4′
Visibility: 15-20′ green
Current: Strong north
Sightings: Octopus, horn sharks, wolf eel, lots of sheepshead

Dive Site: La Jolla Cove
Time: 11:15AM
Water Temp: 65F at surface, 57F at depth
Surf: 1-2′
Visibility: 20′
Surge: Strong
Sightings: Octopus at the rock pile and a fly-by by a bat ray

Dive Site: La Jolla Cove
Time: 2:45PM
Water Temp: 65F at surface, 57F at depth
Surf: 1-2′
Visibility: 20′ green
Surge: Strong

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