10 Scuba & Snorkeling in California That You Shouldn't Miss

December 7, 2021 Weston Hennigan

California is a fertile, peaceful place where you’ll find a near-equal balance of vineyards and deserts, beaches and mountains, hippies and traditionalists. Catch an epic wave in Big Sur or swirl a glass in Napa Valley. Be dazzled by the Joshua Tree night sky or just star-gaze in Hollywood. Swish down the slopes of a Tahoe ski resort, or cruise across the Golden Gate Bridge with the top down and the music blasting. Above all, don’t forget to soak up some Golden State sunshine.

1. Wet Spot Rentals

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5.0 based on 59 reviews

Wet Spot Rentals

Summer fun since '91! Kayaking, snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding are the things to do on Catalina Island. Our booth is located at the Avalon boat landing, just a 3 minute walk from Lovers Cove Marine Preserve. Rent a set of snorkel gear or a glass bottom kayak to explore this protected, fish filled bay or paddle a kayak or stand up paddle board down the coast to gain a new perspective of Catalina Island's natural beauty. Kayak, stand up paddle board and snorkel Catalina Island with Wet Spot Rentals, it will be the highlight of your Catalina Island vacation.

2. Pismo Beach Dive Shop

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5.0 based on 24 reviews

Pismo Beach Dive Shop

Pismo Beach Dive Shop Dives the Central Coast. We offer Kayak Tours and Kayak Diving. Shell Beach is one of our best spots along the coast for diving and kayaking.We hope to enjoy our central coast with you.

3. Diving Catalina

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5.0 based on 210 reviews

Diving Catalina

Diving Catalina is your gateway to underwater diving adventure in the waters off Catalina Island. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon of fun or a lifetime of marine experiences, our professional staff will help you and your family design a diving adventure for everyone. Catalina Snorkel and Scuba welcomes divers of all experience levels. Whether diving is like second nature to you, or the largest body of water you’ve ever been in is a public pool, you’ll feel comfortable diving and snorkeling with the pros at Catalina Snorkel and Scuba. When you make your reservation with us, you can rest assured you’re in good hands!

4. Waterhorse Charters

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5.0 based on 143 reviews

Waterhorse Charters

We take workweek hustlers like yourself on ocean adventures (read: charters and tours) for a well-deserved break. Scuba diving charters are our bread and butter. Our main job is to get divers to and from San Diego’s staple dive sites safely and conveniently. Our day trips run weekly to the Wreck Alley, Point Loma Kelp Forests, La Jolla Underwater Park, and Coronado Islands (in Mexico). If you're not a diver, don't worry - we can still take you snorkeling, freediving, fishing, or booze cruisin'! No matter what you do, just know we'll make sure you have fun and feel safe & cared for along the way. Take a peek at our reviews and see for yourself. :)

5. Islander Charters Inc

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5.0 based on 182 reviews

Islander Charters Inc

Islander Charters, Inc. is an American family-owned & operated business specializing in 5 day, all-inclusive, Great White Shark cage diving trips at Guadalupe Island, Mexico (trips depart by boat from San Diego, CA). Join us for an incredible adventure you'll never forget: seeing majestic Great White Sharks in their natural habitat, at a remote, uninhabited, volcanic island, in crystal-clear, sapphire blue waters, from the safety of our surface cages. No experience or dive certification is needed. This is a true shark week experience and a trip of a lifetime!

6. Charters 2000

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5.0 based on 14 reviews

Charters 2000

We sail on a the 55ft sailboat to Malibu or Palos Verdes. We can just sail and relax or we can anchor and you can swim, paddle board, snorkeling, etc. Or both. You bring what you want to eat and drink. No restrictions. $ 795 for the whole group, We are out 4 to 5 hours.. 3 days Catalina Island is $1975. Prices are for the entire group. Up to 12 people.

7. San Diego Scuba Guide

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5.0 based on 117 reviews

San Diego Scuba Guide

We provide guided SCUBA and Snorkel tours in San Diego area. While on your vacation join our NAUI certified adventure guides and discover the beautiful underwater world of La Jolla Cove. La Jolla diving tops many vacation to do lists. Clear water visibility, gentle rolling waves, kelp beds, underwater caves and an abundance of underwater sea life attracts scuba divers and snorkelers.

8. Scuba Center Temecula

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5.0 based on 31 reviews

Scuba Center Temecula

When you travel to Southern California, look up Scuba Center Temecula. We offer guided tours of local diving sites. Catalina Island, Wreck Alley, La Jolla Shores, the Kelp Forest and Laguna Beach to name a few. Located in Wine Country in Beautiful Temecula. Conveniently right off Interstate 15 fwy. When you are done diving for the day, take advantage of the local wineries and the countryside. Try a hot air balloon ride to get a great view of the Beautiful Temecula Valley. If you plan your trip the first weekend of June, take advantage of Temecula's Balloon & Wine Festival. Feel like gambling? Pechanga & Pala Casino are close by. Scuba Center Temecula located in Historical Old Town Temecula. We are also VA approved for Instructor Training.

9. Bamboo Reef Scuba Diving Centers

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5.0 based on 234 reviews

Bamboo Reef Scuba Diving Centers

Come Scuba Dive in Monterey Bay Central California with Bamboo Reef. Our exclusive Monterey Scuba Diving service is on the central coast in Monterey California. We cater traveling divers by conducting recreational scuba diving trips in and around the Monterey Peninsula. We handle your scuba diving equipment needs so you can save time & effort, relax, enjoy the local attractions and the awesome experience of diving in Monterey's legendary kelp forests.

10. Dive California

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5.0 based on 40 reviews

Dive California

DIVE CALIFORNIA is owned and operated by German native Michael Timm and offers services such as guided SCUBA & Snorkel-Tours as well as a variety of Scuba & Freediving courses through PADI & SSI. Whether you looking to explore the beauty of the La Jolla kelp forest with its diverse marine life at the La Jolla Cove like the playful Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, crevices filled with Spiny Lobsters, Nudi Branchs, the protected Giant Black Sea Bass, Sting Rays, the diving Cormorants and of course our California State fish the bright orange Garibaldi. The La Jolla Reserve also serves as a shelter for other numerous species, including the spotted Leopard Shark, Seven Gill Sharks, Tope Sharks, Bat-Rays, Dolphins, and migrating Whales that visit the La Jolla Underwater Park seasonally. We also offer private tours for the seasoned underwater photographer or videographer that is seeking for a more intimate time with an experienced and patient dive guide without the interruption of other divers.

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