Scuba Diving in Orange County at Aliso

Aliso beach has risen to fame over the years for multiple reasons. On more than one occasion, whales have stopped in to check out the shallow waters and have interacted with snorkelers, swimmers and divers alike.

But, it is also home to some of the largest and most spectacular waves you'll see in Southern California.

Logistically, this is a location that is a bit hard to get to from shore due to the large wave heights. Of note, there is a pipeline located here that was built back in the day. It's proven to be a haven for fish and lobsters, which makes for an exciting dive. This pipeline is located center of the beach on a southerly heading. The Riviera Yacht Charter enjoys diving here. This spot can be treacherous on a big wave day, but the boat has fun diving the offshore reef system almost every weekend!  

It is, of note, not considered a protected cove; which means wave action can get high and make this dive site a more advanced dive even with changing tides. Use caution when entering and exiting the water. There is a life guard stand at this location.

For added safety, make sure you have a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB), a knife and an underwater light to check out the little critters hiding among the reef! 

This location is not in the Marine Protected Area. You are allowed to hunt here. 

At this location, you will find Sheephead, Garibaldi, Senoritas, Bat Rays, Sand Bass, Sculpin and much, much more! 

Max/Min Depths: 0' - 45'

Range Temps: 52-78 degrees F

Average Clarity: Ranges from 5' to 25'+

See current conditions here!