Local LA Dive Sites

Paradise Cove Beach

Paradise Cove Beach

Private Malibu Beach


Considered a Los Angeles County private beach, it is between two areas - Broad Beach to the west and Escondido Beach to the east with Pointe Dume on the horizon to the west.  This beautiful beach is very popular with tourists and locals.  During the summer and holidays, you may not be able to get parking unless you arrive early in the morning or late at night.  You'll find less divers, surfers, and fisherman here because most people see the high price for parking.  It is unfortunate because they are missing a fun and enjoyable experience diving this location. 

There are several planned activities taking place here throughout the year since the area has such a great appeal. Make sure to check with the Cafe and their calendar when you plan to dive here and that it will be open to the public.

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 day off and try diving here.  Start early and if the surf is small, you won't have any crowds.

Paradise Cove Beach & Cafe  34° 1200" N  118° 47.260" W
28128 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 457-2503

Operating Hours:
For Beach Emergencies Dial 911

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


Dive Area 1 (South West)

From the Pier if you head south toward Point Dume, it is generally a better dive spot in terms of marine life and structure.   You will find more reef and structure outside the kelp and as you head west toward Pointe Dume.  This is a SMR, State Marine Reserve and no fishing and no take zone.

 Paradise Cove to Pt Dume

Dive Area 2 (East)

 Another fun dive area to the east of the pier.  Smaller area, and a little less structure, but slightly closer.  This area is outside the MLPA but remember you must not dive and hunt in the MLPA and then come back into this zone. Of course, you need the proper gear and fishing license.

(P) Parking - park where you plan to dive.  Diving in area 1, park in P1, near the showers.  Suit up at the car. Diving in area 2, park hear the pier as there is an open gate next to the pier entrance or park at the end of the east parking lot.  Parking costs $6 when you eat the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe for 4 hours or be prepared to split the $40 parking fee with at least 6 other divers in your truck. Alternatively, you can buy an annual parking pass.

Paradise Cove Beach Dive Sites 1 and 2 (Full Screen)

Dive Area Review:

A nice easy beach dive when the waves and surf aren't too big. Good kelp beds a bit of a surface swim from shore but teeming with life to explore. Great facilities here.  Easy dive navigation.  No stairs but a good walk across sand in area 1 and moderate surface swim out to the kelp or structure.  Area 2 is shorter walk across sand and small grade over the berm.  Watch your currents as it may be vigorous or change during your dive. South swells are good for surfing not diving!  


From Los Angeles: Highway 1 (PCH) west 19.1 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 36.6 miles

What to bring:
Cash and credit card to stay and go to brunch or lunch at the Paradise Beach Cafe.  The food and environment is a perfect setting for relaxing. Scuba Kit, certification card, first aid kit, snacks, drinks, munchies for yourself or to share, water bottle/jug to rinse off the sand at your car.  Showers on site on either side of Restaurant. Current Fishing license if you plan to hunt game.  Double check your gear, and stop by (9.1 miles north) Malibu Divers if you forget or need something.

  • Restaurant and showers and restroom facilities at beach.
  • Big wooden chairs to relax and sit outside in.  Watch the sunset.
  • Great local restaurant -  Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
  • Learn more about what makes Paradise Cove Beach so special!