If you haven’t heard by now, LeBron James, one of the greatest athletes in history, has chosen to move to the Los Angeles Lakers from the Cleveland Cavaliers. There has been a lot of reporting of why LeBron chose to go to Los Angeles, but we think we know the real reason why -- it has to be the scuba diving.
LeBron is quite the traveler as he’s been to Anguilla most recently, and is known to love the Bahamas. Both of those places are great spots to scuba dive, so scuba diving had to be a significant part of his decision to move to LA.
Did you know that California has some amazing dive sites and is known for its kelp forests? In addition to all of the kelp forests, there’s an incredible amount of friendly marine life too. Angel sharks, sea lions, and humpback whales are quite prevalent, especially in the summer months.
Within the Los Angeles area, there are a few spots that PADI recommends: Catalina Island, Channel Islands National Park, and a little farther up the coast, Monterey Bay.
For Catalina Island and Channel Islands National Park, you will need to take a ferry to go to them. Catalina Island has incredibly clear water and according to PADI, might be the best place to dive in Southern California. Even if you’re not a diver and prefer to snorkel, this is a great place to do so. There’s plenty to do on Catalina Island, and for more in-depth information, we recommend visiting the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau website.
Channel Islands National Park consists of 5 different small islands. Not all of the islands are great for scuba diving though, especially for more novice divers. Santa Cruz Island has the most recreational activities offered, so if you’re traveling with your family, this might be the best island to go to.
Monterey Bay has been on our list of places to go to for a while here at Fathom. There are plenty of things to do inside or outside of the water. Our must see spot here is the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It’s known for its scenic views and humpback whales pass by here all the time.
So, if you’re like LeBron and love to travel, California is worthwhile. There’s plenty to do and see, and you might even see LeBron James out in the wild.
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