The long coast line of California and a network of marine parks and protected areas give the divers of California a wide range of dive sites.
Shore diving provides access to the greatest number of the dive sites. The Kelp forest of the coast is a feature that can not be matched anywhere else. Water temperatures will generally range from 50°F to 70°F but will be much colder during the winter and off shore. In the southern portion of the state you will find warmer waters and near tropical reef development alongside the iconic kelp forest. Some of the diving areas include:
La Jolla cove near San Diego has an off shore reef that is teeming with fish and you will find Nudibranches and octopus among the residences. Further in shore in the shallow waters Leopard sharks can be found in the summer months.
The off shore Catalina and Channel Islands are the place to find 400 pound sea bass, sea lions and sea otters. Divers who brave the colder waters of the winter can harvest spiny lobsters when they are in season.
The Keys are a series of coral cays that stretch about 125 miles from the southern point of the Florida Peninsula.
The Florida Reef system is the third longest Barrier Reef system in the world and has additional artificial reefs both planned and unplanned. The so called Florida Keys Shipwreck trail is a list of ship wrecks along the keys, some were intentional done while others went down because of storms, navigational errors or actions of pirates.
As a tropical location you will find Water Temperature around 21-31° C/69-88° F year round. Both the reef and the ship wrecks provide divers with all experience levels outstanding diving. The Keys represent one of the most diverse areas of marine life in the Caribbean. From the smallest Nudibranch to the massive Whale shark they can be found here.
The Hawaii Islands are well known as a vacation destination and scuba diving is high on the list of activities to do. A tropical destination with good weather for diving year round the water temperature ranges from 70° to 80°F (21°-27°c). Hawaii presents divers with some very unique opportunities.
The remoteness of the islands has resulted in a number of species that can only be found around the Hawaii islands, In fact an estimated 25% of the marine species. The underwater landscape is vastly different from what most divers have experienced. While there are wonderful coral reefs it is the underwater lava tubes and the stark mountainous type terrain that draws divers. Pelagic species are found at most dive sites. Two diving experience that need to be done:
Night Dive with Manta Rays.
Blackwater Night dive. Saying this night dive is unusual is an understatement. The Dive boat takes diver to deep water miles off shore. Each diver is attached to a weighted 45 foot down line by a 10 foot tether. Divers select the depth they wish and observe the night deep ocean.