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San Diego Snorkeling

With broad expanses of the Pacific Ocean nearby, San Diego offers some excellent snorkeling opportunities. La Jolla Coves and the La Jolla ecological preserve are some of the most popular spots for San Diego snorkeling. Both of these spots feature shallow coral reefs and underwater kelp forests that are perfect for exploring. Additionally, a number of interesting marine animals make their homes in the waters near San Diego, such as the leopard shark, which although a frightening 5 feet long, only has a harmless 2 inch mouth. This is also one of the few places to see an endangered fish called the giant black sea bass. Sea lions and harbor seals are also common in this area and can be the highlight of any snorkeling in San Diego trip.

Snorkeling can be done on your own, or with a guided tour. Depending on your comfort level and experience, you may want to opt for the guided tour.  There are a number of trip operators that offer half-day excursions for between $50-70 including a meal and drink in addition to all necessary gear.

Snorkeling @ La Jolla Cove with Leopard Sharks

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