Local LA Dive Sites

Nicholas Canyon Beach

Nicholas Canyon Beach

Los Angeles County Beach


A Los Angeles County beach in Malibu California, it is southeast of about 1.3 miles from Leo Carillo State Park entrance and 17 miles west of  Malibu Divers.  This large, gorgeous beautiful beach sits quietly off of Pacific Coast Hwy, PCH.  It's 27 miles west of Santa Monica and 4  miles south of the Ventura and Los Angeles County Line. It is a not a very well known beach because the beach is hidden from view and if you blink you will miss the park entrance.  So make sure to check out our gallery for the entrance sign.  You'll find divers, surfers, fisherman, hikers and more here.  There is paid parking and limited number of parking spaces.  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.


History: (credit: Los Angeles County History)

Nicholas Canyon is usually less crowded than most Malibu beaches. Surfers refer to this beach as “Zeros” or “Point Zero” and it is one of the few perfect point breaks left in Los Angeles County. Nicholas Canyon is a great beach for surfing, body surfing, body boarding, swimming, windsailing, and scuba diving. With almost a mile of beach frontage and 23 acres of property it is also a great place to take the whole family. There are several picnic tables, upper and lower parking for 151 cars, restroom facilities, stairs to the beach, and plenty of room for sun bathing and other beach activities. For a more educational and cultural experience, visitors will be able to see an outdoor working Native American village. Located on a four-acre site at Nicholas Canyon County Beach, the Wishtoyo Foundation’s Chumash Village is open for guided tours and presentations, by appointment. The village showcases a typical day in the life of the Chumash people using replicas of Chumash homes, canoes, tools and handicrafts, ceremonies and celebrations. This offers the public and schoolchildren a unique and multi-sensory experience of what living in a Chumash Village was really like.

Nicholas Canyon Beach Park Entrance

34.0443316, -118.9152472 or N 34° 2.6599', W 118° 54.9148'

33850 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu CA 90265

Operating Hours:

For Beach Emergencies Dial 911; Lifeguards are on duty.

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


Dive Area 

The reef system is quite wide but a bit further off shore than at  Leo Carillo or Deer Creek in terms of life and structure.

(P) Parking - self-service paid parking lot off of PCH on the ocean side of the highway $5-$12 depending on season.


Nicholas Canyon Beach Dive Sites (Full Screen)

Dive Area Review:

A nice shore dive when the waves aren't too big. Good kelp beds further off shore teeming with life to explore. 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. You can drive down to the access road and drop and pickup your gear.


From Los Angeles: Highway 1 (PCH) west 27 miles from Santa Monica.

From Ventura: 101 Freeway to Kanan Rd (south)  for about 19.2 miles, turn right on PCH.

What to bring:
Money to pay for parking; 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 (17 miles south) Malibu Divers if you forget or need something.

  • Yes, there are facilities at beach - Picnic Tables, Handicap Accessways, Restrooms, Showers
  • Great local restaurant & market - Neptune's Net (go 2.9 miles nouth on PCH), Starbucks & Trancas Shopping Market (5.4 miles south on PCH)