With excellent water clarity, an abundance of marine life and beautiful kelp forests to explore, scuba diving on Catalina Island is not to be missed. Whether it’s your first dive, you’ve been diving all over the world, or you’re on a trip with your diving club, there is a location, tour, and certification program for all levels and interests year round.
A major diving destination in Avalon is the Casino Point Dive Park, which is easy to get to from any part of town, allows you to walk right in to the water, and offers rental equipment right on site. If you are interested in exploring Catalina’s beautiful coast line (highly recommended), booking a dive boat tour is the way to go. You’ll escape the crowds at the dive park that can develop during the summer weekends, while diving among sunken ships and wrecked planes.
The multiple dive shops located in Avalon make it easy to rent equipment (no reason to lug your tank and weight belt with you!), book a tour with expert local guides, or sign up for a certification course. These local dive shops know Catalina’s coastal waters better than anyone and will be your best resource for tips on what to expect when diving on the Island, what you’ll need, dive locations that match your diving level, and all other diving needs. Click here for a full list of dive shops and tour companies on Catalina Island.
While you may be visiting Catalina mainly to explore what’s beneath the surface, the city of Avalon, as well as the interior of the Island, offers plenty to see, activities to try, and beaches to relax on between dives or to keep those traveling with you entertained. For unparalleled value, there is no better accommodation then renting a vacation home. CIVR has a variety of vacation rentals from which to choose, from homes and condos in Avalon to villas at Hamilton Cove. We have rentals that can accommodate two or homes that sleep up to ten—great for those traveling with family, friends, or their dive club.
Additional perks of choosing a vacation rental for your next trip to Catalina to scuba dive:
- Plenty of space to store all your gear
- Full kitchen to prepare pre- and post-dive meals
- Living room and outdoor space to relax with your family and friends
- Washer & dryer in your vacation home or complex
- And many more…
Many consider the winter months the best time for scuba diving on Catalina due to increased water visibility and fewer crowds—just don’t forget to bring or rent a wetsuit!