From Sharks and large Bat Rays to Halibut and other exotic marine life, 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.
The site covers a wide area; South Leo, Sequit point and North Leo, each sporting healthy kelp beds along with a vast array of California marine life.
Difficulty Level is 5/10.
You'll find schools of Perch, lounging Bat Rays, and sneaky critters like Lobsters, Cabezon, Sheep Crabs, Kelpfish, and Octopus in as little as 20ft of depth. Colorful Nudibranchs and Gorgoneion structures can be seen in the outer reefs where the kelp stops (about 30 ft out). Blacksmith and barred sand bass are also found exploring this area. Stay on the lookout for large Halibut laying in the sand just past 30ft and don't be surprised if a Harbor Seal or Sea Lion accompanies you on your dive!
Entry is fairly simple with a sandy beach and a few rocky areas. The entrance is between Lifeguard Station #2 and #3. Go 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.
Visibility is best during the late Summer and all through Fall when the South Swell is low.
Mornings and high tide are always best.
Visibility ranges 10 - 40ft
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.
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.
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.