Dive Along the Underwater Canyon Walls of San Diego’s La Jolla Shores

La Jolla Canyon School of Fish

An Abundance of Marine Life in the La Jolla Canyon. Photo Courtesy of OEX Dive & Kayak

Head to La Jolla Shores for a dive along the wall of La Jolla Canyon and witness the abundance of sea life unlike any other place in California. Add to that the constant reshaping of the canyon wall by the ocean and you have a fascinating area to dive whether you dive it once or several thousand times.

Below are a few highlights under the water of La Jolla Shores.

The Amphitheater

Depending on where you enter the water, you can dive a site known locally as the Amphitheatre, where you’ll find a sheer, semi-circle wall that descends from approximately 60 feet down to a depth of 110 feet or thereabouts.

South Wall

At the South Wall, you’ll find tiny Red Octopus, holes filled with lobsters so thick they’re stacked on top of one another, and yellow and white Gorgonian Sea Fans.

Vallecitos Point

Vallecitos Point, a popular destination directly out from the entry point at the foot of Vallecitos Street, teams with marine life including San Diego Dorids, Salted Dorids and other Nudibranchs, Sarcastic Fringeheads, Blue Banded and Black Eyed Gobies, Barred Sand Bass, Painted Greenlings and the occasional Sheephead.

The Secret Garden

For those possessing an Advanced Open Water diver certification or higher, there is the not so ‘Secret Garden‘ rich with Red Gorgonians.

> Explore More Diving Areas at SanDiego.org

Have you been down the wall in La Jolla Canyon? If not, where is your favorite place to dive in San Diego?

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About Chris

Being from Modesto, CA I had my bags pack at age 17, and was ready to head down south! I ended up at San Diego State University where I earned a degree in International Economics. Unfortunately, I graduate in 2008 at the height of the recession, so instead of heading to Wall Street, I took a left turn and ended up in Hollywood. I spent a couple years wondering about trying to make it as an actor until one faithful day when I had the opportunity to live out another dream back in San Diego. I purchased an action water sports company, OEX Dive & Kayak La Jolla that I now run with my buddies. The endless summer...

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

Early to rise and late to bed.  I'd wake up at the crack of dawn and surf wherever the waves are good! After catching some waves I’d head to Taco Surf in Pacific Beach to grab a burrito.  I always keep golf clubs in the back of the truck, so I would then drive over to Torrey Pines golf course, a US Open Championship course only 10 minutes away. Then time in San Diego only gets even better. Ideally, a limo would pick me and the OEX crew at my place and we'd head to Donavan’s downtown for a steak dinner. To top it all off, I'd have drinks at Bootlegger and a game of bowling at East Village Tavern. Back to bed by 2:00 am (hopefully)!

What is your favorite San Diego activity?

Surfing hands down! But if the waves are flat, I grab a kayak and some scuba gear to dive the kelp forest in La Jolla.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Good question.  Six out of seven days I'd say burgers and beer. Of course on the seventh day I'd have to find a date to enjoy some good food and good wine.

Latest music purchase for my iPod player are...

Empire of the Sun, Stick Figure and Otis Redding.

Twitter: @oexlajolla

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