La Bufadora area is a Mexican tourist resort site: their "Old Faithful". Tourists come by busloads from Ensenada, but American tourists are plentiful too. A large souvenir shopping area and several restaurants serve the weekenders. Just off the road is Rancho La Bufadora, where the dive shop and launch cove are, watched by a resident parking fee collector.
We have come to feel safer there than most places in San Diego. Dollars accepted everywhere.
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Shore diving is mediocre unless one clambers down rocks on a calm day and heads for the underwater arch by the blow hole. It is really about boat diving. There are several sites north and south of the launch cove. Furthest north is the seal lion rookery and several pinnacles to dive. Closer is the classic pinnacle, White Rock - over 90' deep and vertical, covered with the usual wildlife. There is a nifty cave at 75' to dive with a gorgeous wall above it. And the Arch - 30' high natural stone arch and a pretty dive too.
To the south, the submerged pinnacle is just below the surface, but the boatman will point you right to it. Lovely pinnacle and 100 vertical feet on one side. In case of weather, the Hidden Cove and the Rock in the Tuna Farm are protected from swells. You should be an experienced diver; with good buoyancy compensation, not bothered by kelp or surge. Water will NOT be warmer than San Diego.