Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Orange County

Ready to check out the best sites in Orange County for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 17 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Orange County to suit your needs.
Orange County dive site map
Aliso Beach Park

#1 - Aliso Beach Park

California South, USA West

Unrated
(6)
Are you a new diver looking to get your fins wet in a forgiving environment? This is the place! Bring a couple of tanks, a picnic lunch, and sunscreen, and you'll be set for a very relaxing day. Located 1.8 miles North of South Laguna, and 2 miles South of Laguna Beach.
Shaws Cove

#2 - Shaws Cove

California South, USA West

beginner
(37)
More rocky coastline and spectacular canyons await you at Shaw's cove. The diving is a breeze during good sea conditions. Make a left on Fairview Street about 3/4 mile North of Broadway and Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna. The entrance is at the intersection with Cliff.
Woods Cove

#3 - Woods Cove

USA, California, Orange County

intermediate
(0)
Be aware of the swell/waves. South in Laguna. Enter to the right of the big rock on shore
Crescent Cove

#4 - Crescent Cove

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
(0)
Great reef and tide pool when waves are low. Added point of interest is Seal Rock, just west of the reef. Here many Harbor seals can be observed sunning themselves, and if your lucky, you may have find some playful seal waiting below the surface. A favorite dive.
Aliso

#5 - Aliso

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
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Saw a lot of interesting things. By boat or by shore. Aliso is also known as Aliso Beach.
Bourgeoisie Cove

#6 - Bourgeoisie Cove

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
(0)
Lots of small to medium reef structure spread out in the sand. Bourgeoisie Cove is also known as Rich Man Cove.
San Juan Rocks

#7 - San Juan Rocks

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
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Calico bass some kelp and halibut in the sand with rays. Western end of Dana Point San Juan Rocks is also known as Dana Point.
Cleo Street Barge

#8 - Cleo Street Barge

USA, California, Orange County

intermediate
(0)
old barge that sunk in the 40 or 50...good photo opps. its about .5 of a mile from shore in front of a brown house with white windows... Cleo Street Barge is also known as Foss 125.
Bird Rock

#9 - Bird Rock

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
(0)
Invertebrates, Garaboldi Sheepshead, sea Stars North End of Main Beach
Laguna Beach

#10 - Laguna Beach

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
(0)
Sandy bottom with Rays and sand sharks Direct from beach
Rock Pile

#11 - Rock Pile

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
(0)
Sea lions, Nudibranchs, sea Stars Southern end of Heisler Park
Picnic Beach

#12 - Picnic Beach

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
(0)
Mostly dive training North end of Heisler Park
Monument Point

#13 - Monument Point

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
(0)
nudibranchs, Garibaldi, sheepshead and Sea Lions Center of Heisler Park
Little Corona Beach

#14 - Little Corona Beach

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
(0)
Little Corona Beach is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in USA, California, Orange County which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Fisherman's Cove

#15 - Fisherman's Cove

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
(0)
Along the 600 block of Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach.
Dead Man's Reef

#16 - Dead Man's Reef

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
(0)
Watch for boat traffic in the area. Dead Man's can be hard to find. It requires a good half-hour surface swim headed south from the end of Crescent cove.
Diver's Cove

#17 - Diver's Cove

USA, California, Orange County

beginner
(0)
Student dive spot: Sand and rock bottom with Moray eels, Lobsters... Best diving is on the outer edge of the reef between Diver's Cove and Boat Canyon. Cracks in the reef go deep in the rock, some as wide as four feet and as high as fifteen feet. Harbor seals frequently play in these channels. In Laguna Beach, along the 600 block of Cliff Drive. Park Metered street parking. Sandy beach entry. Reef is in front of the condos.