Local LA Dive Sites

Deer Creek Beach

Deer Creek Beach

Ventura County Beach


Considered a Los Angeles County beach, it straddles both regions, it is nested between (3.3 miles west) Leo Carillo State Park entrance and (3 miles east)  Point Mugu State Park, this  beautiful beach sits quietly along side PCH.  It's 33 miles west of Santa Monica and 1.7  mile north of the Ventura and Los Angeles County Line. Though it's far away from LA, it is still a very popular beach because if offers so much to different user groups.  You'll find divers, surfers, fisherman, hikers and campers here.  There are not  many planned activities taking place here since the area has nearby amenities at Sycamore State Beach and Leo Carillo, but you will find other small divers, freedivers and snorkeling groups.  During the summer time and good weather weekends, it will be heavy usage because it is easily accessible to the general public who want to use the beach.  During the off season, take a weekend off and try diving here.  Start early and if the surf is small, you won't have any crowds.

Deer Creek Beach  34° 3' 44.39" N  118° 59' 10.72" W
11000-11058 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

Operating Hours:
For Beach Emergencies Dial 911

Open 365 days a year. Hours of operation for all beaches: sunrise to sunset


Dive Area 1 (West)

Generally a better dive spot in terms of life and structure.   You will find more boulders and structure outside the kelp and toward the west.

Dive Area 2 (East)

Alternative dive area slightly to the east of the stairs.  Smaller area, and a little less structure, but slightly closer and different things to see. Good alternative if there are divers or free divers spearfishing to the west of the stairs.

(P) Parking - park along side PCH on the ocean side of the highway and as far out of traffic as possible.

Deer Creek Beach Dive Sites 1 and 2 (Full Screen)

Dive Area Review:

A nice shore dive when the waves aren't too big. Good kelp beds close to shore teeming with life to explore. No facilities here. Relatively easy navigation.  Stair case down and up- so you will have to be able physically to beach dive and deal with the stairs with your scuba gear.


From Los Angeles: Highway 1 (PCH) west 33 miles from Santa Monica.

From Ventura: 101 Freeway to Highway 1 (Exit 62B for CA-1/Oxnard Blvd/Pacific Coast Highway), continue to follow CA-1 S/Pacific Coast Highway  for 24.6 miles

What to bring:
Scuba Kit, certification card, first aid kit, snacks, drinks, munchies for yourself or to share, water bottle/jug to rinse off the sand, etc.
Double check your gear, and stop by (21 miles south) Malibu Divers if you forget or need something.

  • No facilities at beach.
  • Great local restaurant & market - Neptune's Net (go 1.6 miles south on PCH), Starbucks & Howe's Trancas Market (8.7 miles south on PCH)