Marine Room

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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Marine Room

A lesser known dive spot just to the South of La Jolla Shores is the Marine Room, named after the adjacent restaurant. This site provides better access to the Northern reef area. 11 miles North of San Diego, take the Ardath Road exit to the West. In 1.4 miles bear left on Torrey Pines Road. In 0.3 mile, turn right on St. Louise Ter. Turn right on Spindrift Drive, and look for the Marine Room on your left.
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Zentacle
Zentacle
Sep 21, 2021, 1:05 AM
scuba
It's an easy walk into the surf zone. Looking South. This small public access is the only indication of a path. Either explore to the left, or kick out to the reef area straight ahead.
Alex B.
Alex B.
Jan 26, 2013, 12:00 AM
scuba
Great place to dive! The waves were so small you would have had to measure them in inches! Surprisingly, there were huge schools of leopard sharks in the shallows. I would expect that in the summer in fall, but this was in January. The visibility was also excellent. About 15-20ft! Fish seen include: leopard shark, round stingray, banded guitarfish, kelp bass, opaleye, garabaldi, and California sheephead. There was also a harbor seal hanging out in about 3 ft of water on our entrance from the water. Overall a great dive!
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Lynlee
Lynlee
Sep 28, 2012, 12:00 AM
scuba
I went to this site late this summer- snorkeling. It is amazing for seeing leopard sharks in droves during this period. Sandy bottom and only about 15 ft visibility the day we went. We saw dozen of the sharks. Other than that it does not do much for me. The cove is a lot better for marine animal variety and plant life.
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Karina
Karina
Sep 9, 2011, 12:00 AM
scuba
I have never seen so many stingrays in one place. The did not bother to move when we did the sting ray shuffle and they were hard not to step on.
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Andy from Huntington Beach
Andy from Huntington Beach
Dec 25, 2008, 12:00 AM
scuba
Excellent spot if you want a deep dive close to shore. The canyon finger gets close to this location. Did a wonderful, deep 195' dive and we could have gone much deeper. Great location to practice deep dives due to an easy kick out with dual tanks.
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Luke Bitton
Luke Bitton
Apr 27, 2006, 12:00 AM
scuba
Great beginner site as the depth is 40 ft max. The reef is teeming with large and small fish alike, and leopard shark sightings are almost guaranteed near shore. I've seen seals, dolphins, turtles, bass, electric rays, angel sharks, morays, HUGE sheep crab, octopus, nudibranchs, you name it.
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Lou
Lou
Mar 21, 2006, 12:00 AM
scuba
Nice site but visited on a very bad day weather-wise. Was divable but barely. Would like to visit on calmer day. Lots of lobsters, kelp bass, guitarfish and numerous other fish seen. Even an octopus made an appearance. Parking not a problem midweek.
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Erika
Erika
Aug 30, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
The site was the first place I went after I got my certification... There were fish everywhere, lots of lobsters, kelp bass, sting rays and schools of fish. The site was a great place to start! If you are near there you should pay it a visit.
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Shamu Lover
Shamu Lover
Aug 16, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
We saw leopard sharks and a horn shark because it is the season for pregnant ones to come in close to shore. There were big school of fish, eagle ray, a bat ray and a sting ray. Nine foot leopard sharks were feeding on a bait ball of sardines. We stuck to the sandy bottom area. We recommend snorkeling in the late summer.
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Anonymous
Anonymous
Aug 16, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
Reef can have a tremendous amount of life due to being in a marine preserve, including large schools of bait fish, bat-rays, sting rays, leopard sharks, barracudas, kelp bass, etc.
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Anonymous
Anonymous
Jan 11, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
The surf can get high here. But when it is low it makes for an easy shore dive. In shallow waters you can see Leopard Sharks, and at night a lot of Lobsters.
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Bill Stohler
Bill Stohler
Aug 4, 2002, 12:00 AM
scuba
I wasn't certified when I lived in San Diego, but this was my favorite snorkeling spot. The parking's not too abundant, but the marine life more than makes up for that. When the surf's down, it's an easy walk across the sand. Starting in just 3 feet of water, you're likely to see large stingrays (8 foot wingspans), leopard sharks, and guitarfish (skates). Garibaldi are also common around the kelp. Call the surf report before going if you want to make it worthwhile. Wetsuit necessary except for the end of summer.
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