Old Marineland (Terranea Resort) is possibly one of the best reefs in Southern California, including the Channel Islands. Due to upwellings that bring rich & cooler waters, there are incredible amounts of Invertebrate life on the rocks. More Nudibranch species have been found here than in any other Southern Californian dive site! There are 2 dive sites, the "point" (to the west), and the "cove" (to the east). Protection from waves and decent to good vis make this a popular destination with local Scuba Divers. The extremely difficult hike to and from the Rocky Entry, along with long surface swims and mild currents make it a poor choice for Beginner or Intermediate Beach divers. Difficulty Level 10/10; Caution, care and prudent judgement is advised.
Interests: Nudibranchs (especially between 40 & 65ft off the point), Octopus, Blennies & Sculpins on the Shallow-Pinnacles near the point The reefs consist of Large-Pinnacles covered with Invertebrates. Healthy Sea fans with colorful Gorgonians are prolific, Rockfish, Lingcod, Cabezon, Scorpionfish and many Schooling / Bait Fish can be found here. An occasional Bat Ray, Sea-lion, Angel Shark,Torpedo Ray, or Shovelnose Guitarfish will often surprise you!
Entry & Exits: Use prudent judgement when Beach Diving, perform an environmental assessment of the area before you gear up. Use caution when traversing the rocky pebbles and boulders at the cove. Only divers with rocky entry experience should attempt this site!
Suggestions: Always dive with a buddy and check conditions before you go.
Best time to Dive: Anytime! Avoid this site during large South, West and South-West Swells.
Visibility: 10ft - 30ft
Warnings: The climb back to the parking lot is extremely strenuous. Use prudent judgement when Beach Diving, perform an environmental assessment of the area before you gear up. This site is physically strenuous at the entry and exit.
Depth Recommendation: 35 - 55ft is where most of the points of interest are for this site. 60 ft is recommended maximum depth for this site.
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.