Located at the edge of the Catalina Casino building, the Casino Point Marine Park is Southern California's first city-designated underwater park. Established in 1965 by the City of Avalon as a reserve, Casino Point Marine Park has an abundance of marine life, giant kelp forests, and several shipwrecks to explore. Several artificial reefs have been established to provide additional habitats.

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Beach Review of Casino Point Marine Park

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
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BeachExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Scuba Diving,Snorkeling
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • This is the only place within Avalon city limits where diving is allowed. It can be crowded especially on weekends and at the entry point. Move away from there and visibility is good.
  • This is a protected marine park. That means boaters aren't allowed, so marine life is bountiful and healthy. It also means you can't take anything and bothering marine life is prohibited.
  • Lots of dive classes are taught here, from beginner to advanced (there's wreck diving, too), so sign up if you want to improve skills. This is also a great spot for less experienced divers.


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