Just off South Island in Los Coronados, a year-round kelp bed and a rocky bottom with stunning visibility creates a good introduction to kelp diving.
The North Island of Los Coronados is known for its healthy population of California Sea Lions. Relax while these playful creatures dance and twirl.
A stunning sight, the waters near Los Coronados Islands are at times blanketed purple hydrocoral, making a wonderful backdrop for underwater photos.
In the middle section of Los Coronados, you’ll find a motor yacht which was recently sunk. It’s intact structure now plays host to Giant Sea Bass.
June to November is considered the best time to dive in the Coronado Islands. Liveaboards set sail for these islands from San Diego at this time, because the water conditions in the north Pacific are warmest during these months. The weather is generally sunny with occasional rain showers. In June and July, the temperatures and humidity rise.
During this half of the year, visibility can be negatively impacted by plankton blooms. These are most common around the full moon.
If you’re headed to Los Coronados and want the best underwater conditions, book your holiday between June and November.
On the nearby Mexican mainland and in San Diego, June to November is considered high season for general tourism, causing an increase in the prices of flights and accommodation on the mainland.
From December to May many of the local dive shops turn their focus elsewhere such as to the Sea of Cortez or south to Cabo. While the Pacific is cold, the Sea of Cortez is bearable.
The weather at this time transitions from hot and humid to cooler with a bit of rain. On the other hand, December to May features the best visibility and is not as busy as the summer months in terms of tourism. You should be able to snag some good deals if you book far enough in advance.
Interested in diving at uncrowded yet cold dive sites? Book your Coronado Islands diving holiday between December and May.
The most impressive sight at the Coronado Islands are the fields of purple hydrocorals. These as well as the kelp forests set an interesting backdrop to any marine life you may spot.
Lobsters, octopus and moray eels form an intricate food chain nearby the islands. Judging by their size, the moray eels are definitely at the top of this food chain. In terms of fish, you might see giant sea bass and rockfish. Horned sharks make an occasional appearance.
The ever curious California sea lion, elephant seals and harbor seals are the extent of large marine life seen around Los Coronados. If you aren’t used to these creatures, they are sure to keep you entertained for hours on end.
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