Sea Lion Cave Snorkeling
The 14th most popular snorkel dive spot in California.
Wednesday 24 January 2018 07:01 GMT
North of San Diego in La Jolla, the snorkeling at Sea Lion Cave and Devils’s Slide offer large rocks close to shore to observe. It is located just northeast of the popular La Jolla Cove snorkel spot. Since it isn’t protected, you’ll only want to attempt this snorkel dive if the surf is very calm. During Sea Lion Cave snorkeling, you may encounter shovelnose guitarfish, bat rays, leopard sharks, horn sharks, lobsters and swimming cormorants. Many snorkelers enjoy heading about 75 feet offshore to submerged rocks in 15 feet of water where marine life hangs out.
The waters around Sea Lion Cave are known to be quite cold, even in summer. So, unless you are a local who is accustomed to the cold water, you may prefer to use a wet suit while snorkeling here, which is available from nearby rental shops.
To reach the Sea Lion Cave snorkeling at Shell Beach from San Diego or Los Angeles, follow US5 to the La Jolla Parkway Exit. Head west on La Jolla Parkway, which becomes Torrey Pines Road, to the coastline. Turn right on Prospect Place. Turn right on Coast Boulevard and park along the road just north of the park.
Overall, Sea Lion Cave is the 14th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 15 snorkeling dives in California.