Located in Malibu and adjacent to PCH, Nicholas Canyon is not frequently visited like other spots in Malibu. It has the added attraction of being mostly undisturbed by droves of Scuba Divers; So, the eco system is overflowing with life. Nicholas Canyon has a large area to explore filled with Pacific coast icons such as Blacksmith, Senoritas, Sand Bass, Perch, Opaleye, Halfmoons, Spanish Shawl, and Kelp Rockfish being common sights here. You can expect to see a variety marine-life so bring your Fish ID Slates.
There are well kept facilities nearby and an easy sandy entry, allowing for a smooth experience all around.
The reefs are large and shallow and just a quick swim from shore.
Difficulty Level is 4/10.
Interests: Blacksmith, Senoritas, Sand Bass, Perch, Opaleye, Halfmoons, Spanish Shawl, and Kelp Rockfish. Lucky divers will see Bat Rays, Angel Sharks, Guitarfish, Thornback Rays, and other Rockfish species.
Entry & Exits: Sandy beach. You have to walk down a ramp and a flight of stairs. Apply a surf entry appropriate to the current conditions and scope of your training. Use caution and prudent judgement when climbing on or around sandy rocks, stairs, ramps etc. It can be slippery in wet or dry Scuba gear!
Suggestions: Reefs and kelp forests are either to the left or right of the beach. The best reefs are just past 30ft of depth and are a little bit further out.
Best time to Dive: During small swells and high tide. Visibility is best from late Summer through early Winter.
Visibility: 20 - 45ft
Warnings: Entry can be hazardous during large south swells. 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. Cell Phone, Oxygen Kit and First Aid Kit are always recommended.
Directions: Click on map for GOOGLE MAP directions
Parking: Parking is $6, but plan to bring extra cash and coin just in case. It rarely fills up due to another large lot near PCH.
Nice bathrooms and showers are available.