Orange County, California
Orange country is a large stretch along the coast that is made up of several municipalities. Some of the more popular areas include Anaheim, Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel, and Santa Ana. The large stretch of coastline makes it popular for beach goers and scuba divers alike. For those interested in scuba diving in California, Orange County is a great area to go.
How to get to Orange County:
Given the stretch of area that Orange County makes up, there are several large and small airports that service the area. San Diego International Airport and LAX are the closest major airports. While John Wayne airport and Fullerton Municipal airport are significantly smaller, but much closer.
For those coming from LA, the Metrolink has a few lines that serve Orange County. Once in Orange county, there is the Orange County Transportation Authority that offers transportation between the different cities.
Dive sites in Orange County:
- Reef Point: A very rocky entry (not recommended for novice divers) leads to a healthy reef bursting with colour. Expect to see bat rays, octopus, eels, and nudibranchs. Lots of swimthroughs here as well.
- Crescent Bay: A shallow dive site known for its mussel bed, there is also a large variety of sea life here including nudibranchs, halibut, sandbass, lobster, and sea lions.
- Shaw’s Cove: Great visibility and lots of sea life make this one of the most popular dive sites in the area. Look for horn sharks, bat rays, blacksmith, sheephead, and octopus.
- Fisherman’s Cove: A small protected area with lots of mini reefs. Starfish, gorgonians, urchins, mussels, and bat rays are common sights here. It is also a great spot for night dives where you can see hunting octopus, horn sharks, and swell sharks.
Other things to do in Orange County:
Aside from scuba diving, Orange county has some great beaches that are worth exploring. Whale watching and surfing are also popular things to do in this area. There are several museums that may be of interest. Also see Balboa Island, which is known for the boardwalk, Little Saigon, and Knott’s Berry Farm. Disney fans should be sure to visit Disney Land, which is located in Anaheim.