Local LA Dive Sites

Leo Carrillo Beach

Leo Carrillo Beach

State Beach

Here's another famous, beautiful beach and campground in Malibu that has many advantages for divers. It's 28 miles west of Santa Monica and short half mile south 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.  Be sure to check the calendar especially for planned activities (surf contests), during the summer time and good weather weekends.  During the off season, take a weekend off and try diving and camping here.  Start early and if the surf is small, you won't have any crowds.

Leo Carillo State Beach - Latitude: 34.0449, Longitude: -118.935
35000 W. Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
(818) 880-0350 - General Information
(805) 488-1827 - Ranger Station
(310) 457-8185 - Special Events
(805) 488-1827 - School Groups

Operating Hours at the Campground:
Gate is locked from 10:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.
No entry after 10:00 P.M.

There are a couple of different beach dives at this site. 
  • Site 1: Enter the day-use $12 paid parking area (an annual state park day pass is around $195, which gets people unlimited day parking at Leo Carrillo and lots of other state beaches) and near Life Guard Tower 4, park in the far west end of the parking lot.  This area has restrooms and showers. Lifeguard Tower 4
    Check in with lifeguards before going diving
  • Site 2: Park along PCH, down rough stairs, and across to the beach entry. Park here for free parking, but you have to walk down (and up) long and steep wooden stairs; change in and out of dive gear on PCH
  • Site 3: Park along PCH, across beach to very rocky entry.

Leo Carrillo (North 1, 2) (South 3) Dive  Full Screen

Dive area review:
See link for details. Lots to see in kelp, with better viz farther outside past the kelp

From Los Angeles: Highway 1 (PCH) west 28 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 18.2 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 if site 2 and 3, etc.
Double check your gear, and stop by (18 miles south) Malibu Divers if you forget or need something.

  • In the park recently switched from coin-operated showers to token-operated showers. The token machines accept ONLY one dollar bills.
  • Stop in and checkout the onsite Camp Store for those forgotten items and cool memorabilia.
  • Great local restaurant & market - Neptune's Net (2 miles north on PCH), Starbucks & Howe's Trancas Market (5 miles south on PCH)