|Find the best dive sites||
This is an interactive map! Use controls to pan and zoom this map.
Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Latitude: 33° 44.16' N
User rating (1)
Wannadive.net is not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained in this guide. You use this guide at your own risk.
Choose your format: please login first
Terranea Resort, formerly Marineland of the Pacific. 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, east of Point Vicente Lighthouse. By boat or alternate access, walk in!
How? By boat & from shore
Distance Short walk from shore (< 5min)
Easy to find? Easy to find
Alternative name Old Marineland
Average depth 8 m / 26.2 ft
Max depth 25 m / 82 ft
Current Medium ( 1-2 knots)
Visibility Medium ( 5 - 10 m)
Dive site quality Great
Experience CMAS * / OW
Bio interest Outstanding
- Marine biology
- Night dive
- Snorkeling / Free diving
- Boat trafic
Rocky exit and entry with three distinct dive areas. The near shore reef, known as the Garden is shallow with kelp, sand and the usual reef animals. The 120 Reef is located 120 degrees from the beach. It has more sponges and fish than the Garden and is a relatively short swim from shore. It is a good beginners spot. The Point, in front of the Terranea Hotel is the highlight of Marineland. Pinnacles, gorgonians, dozens of species of nudibranchs and much more invertebrate life than the 120 Reef.
Interests: Nudibranchs (especially between 40 & 65ft off the point), Octopus, Blennies & Sculpins on the shallow pinnacles near the point The reefs consist of large pinnacles covered with invertebrates. Healthy Sea fans with colorful Gorgonians are prolific, Rockfish, Lingcod, Cabezon, Scorpionfish and many schooling fish can be found here. An occasional Bat Ray, Sea-lion, Torpedo Ray, or Guitarfish will often surprise the diver.
By Max Bottomtime , 13-02-2009
Marineland - This is my favorite beach dive in SoCal. I began free diving here shortly after Marineland closed in 1987. Since certification I have made over 300 dives here. The amount of life on the main reef at the Point is staggering compared to any beach dive around.
You can edit this page to correct errors or add new information. If you have any problems regarding this page, Send us feedback.