Catalina, Farallons, Channel Islands, Monterey Bay
Trying to sum up the diving in the Golden State is like generalizing Caribbean diving. From its northern reaches to the Mexican border, the variety of diving runs from cold to warm, mammals of all ilks to white sharks and more. A thriving free diving and spear fishing community exists; the Farallon Islands provide a Galapagos-like look at the undersea world without the distance; live-aboards ply the offshore waters. Second only to Florida in the size of its dive community and dive infrastructure, if you can't find it in California, you can't find it anywhere. Check out these websites and books for more information on local dive centers, trips to Cali's top dive sites, and diver news:
California Diving Online
Whether you're in Santa Cruz or Santa Barbara, the PADI Dive Center and Resort Directory will connect you with a high-quality dive center. Search by city, state and country. ... more >>
The Scuba Divers Network in California combines information on California diving from all over the Net into a well-organized list of links. ... more >>
The California Diving News dedicates it pages to Pacific Coast diving. Look at the archived online issues of the magazine for detailed articles on individual dive sites. The website also offers a database of California dive boat trips, searchable by date, duration and destination. ... more >>
If you love L.A., then you'll love it's diving, too. Just about everything you need to know about diving in Los Angeles can be found through this site by John Morris. He has also compiled and extensive lists of links for Central California diving and Northern California ... more >>
Books on Cali Diving
Diving & Snorkeling Southern California & the Channel Islands by David Krival
AND Diving & Snorkeling Monterey Peninsula & Northern California by Steve Rosenberg This pair of guides from the Lonely Planet Diving & Snorkeling series provide dive site maps, details on individual sites, information on local diving services, and more.
Coastal Fish Identification: California to Alaska by Paul Humann, Howard Hall (Photographer), Neil McDaniel (Photographer) More than 270 color photos in a handy reference format help you identify California's underwater residents.