Laguna Beach



Dive Site

Beach Access

What You'll See


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  Access is off of Diamond Street and Ocean Way.  There is a stairway between two Homes that leads Down to a Landing with a Beautiful Garden.  Beyond the Landing is the next Flight of Stairs Leading to the Cove. 

  The access is a relatively easy but Long staircase leading down to a sandy stretch of beach below. The foot of the stairs will open to a nice Sandy Beach During Low Tide... but Beware, High Tide Covers most, if not all the Beach, so don't Leave anything on the Sand - It may not be there when you return!

  Watch for sand on the concrete stairs because it can make the walk a little slippery - Use those Hand-Rails!  Also take care on your Last Step onto the Beach, it can sometimes be quite a step if the Sand has washed away.

  Please be mindful of the neighbors - Stairway access is between private homes...nobody enjoys a rude awakening on the weekends!

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  Wood's Cove is one of the best dive sites in Orange
County. However, it is not well-protected from large swells, making it a little more of an advanced Dive if Conditions are not ideal.

    The reef to the West (Your Right looking at the Ocean) is an area with a pretty quick drop off in depth, making this an ideal place to hold Advanced Classes. 

  The Reef to the East (Your left looking at the Ocean) is more typical Laguna Diving with a mostly shallow Reef close to shore.

  Wood's Cove is monitored by the Laguna Beach life guards so make sure you have a buddy and a snorkel - they check.

A-Diamond Street, B-Access Stairs, C-Bottom of Stairs, D-Shallow Area Entry, E-Deeper Area Entry

Picture Courtesy of Kenneth & Gabrielle Adelman © 2002-2005 California Coastal Records Project

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  If you Dive the reef to the West (Your Right looking at the Ocean) there is an area with a pretty quick drop off in depth, making this an ideal place to hold Advanced Classes. 

  Diving the Reef to the East (Your left looking at the Ocean) you'll find is your more typical Laguna Diving with a shallow Reef close to shore.

  On any given dive you can see a few lobsters, eels, rays, octopus, garibaldi, calico bass, Kelletís welks, tree fish, small sheepshead, bat stars, Brittle Stars and lots of purple sea urchins.  On occasion you can spot a dolphin or two swimming though at the surface.

  Night Diving here is also good, so don't rule it out!



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  There arenít any facilities at Woodís Cove. 

  For Emergencies, you'll find a phone at the top of the stairs at if one is needed.

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  There is street parking, but it is limited.  You can park on Ocean Way (One Way Street) or any side street. 

  Sometimes it is more convenient to drop your gear at the top of the stairs (at the end of Diamond & Ocean Way) with your buddy and then go park.

  We recommend getting there extra early for Parking.

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From 405 Freeway exit Laguna Canyon Road (133) South towards Laguna Beach
Follow Laguna Canyon Road till it ends at Pacific Coast Highway (1)
Turn Left onto PCH and proceed to Diamond Street

Turn Right onto Diamond Street and follow it to the end - Ocean Way
Park anywhere around there - Ocean Way is a One Way Street and Parking is Very Limited Beach Access to Wood's Cove is between Two Private Homes.

Please be Courteous to the Neighbors - this is a Residential Area!

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Emergency Assistance:

Recompression Chambers:


--911 (Dial First) CATALINA ISLAND --(310) 510-1053


--(919) 684-8111 NORTHRIDGE --(818) 885-8500
LIFEGUARDS --(949) 494-6571 SANTA ANA --(714) 973-8777
FIRE --(949) 497-0700 LOS ROBLES --(805) 497-2727
POLICE --(949) 497-0701



DAN  (Medical Questions)

--(919) 684-2948

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