Shaw’s Cove in Laguna Beach is one of the most popular dive sites in Orange County and it’s great for both beginners and more advanced divers as well. It doesn’t get very deep but there’s a lot to see. There are some great tide pools and lots of trenches and swimthroughs to explore. It’s also very close to some other great dive sites, Crescent Bay to the west and Fisherman’s Cove to the east.
What to look for: Garibaldi, Purple sea urchins, Rays, Eels, Sea stars, Lobster
Safety Considerations: On land, there are 56 steps from the street to the beach and the sand can make them fairly slippery. Once in the water, divers can sometimes experience quite a bit of surge so always be aware of your surroundings.
Facilities: There are no facilities here but there is an emergency phone at the top of the stairs. Additional facilities can be found at Crescent Bay just west of Shaw’s Cove.
Know before you go: Shaw’s Cove is located in a residential area and street parking is free but limited. You may want to drop off your gear and your buddy at the stairs before you look for parking. Laguna Beach requires all divers to have a snorkel on them and the lifeguards have been known to check.
Protip: Instead of throwing away milk jugs and big laundry detergent bottles, rinse them out and fill them with water so you can rinse off when you go diving at beaches with no facilities like Shaw’s Cove.