Coal Oil Point Dive Portal

Welcome to Channelkeeper’s Coal Oil Point Dive Portal!  Coal Oil Point, located inside the Campus Point Marine Protected Area, is accessible from shore and features incredible diversity. Here, you can explore the reef using an interactive dive map, discover why Campus Point MPA is such an important place, and learn about upcoming opportunities to visit this unique coastal gem.


Coal Oil Point Dive Map

Click to open an interactive PDF and take an underwater dive tour!

MPAs offer excellent recreational opportunities. Whether you want to dive in for snorkeling or SCUBA adventures, discover what’s below before a kayaking trip, or experience the underwater beauty from the comfort of your own home, Channelkeeper’s Coil Oil Point Dive Map is an excellent resource to explore the reef. Click on the image above to access a PDF with clickable links to videos that show the incredible diversity and scenery of highlighted features along the reef. Printed versions of the map (includes QR codes for videos) will soon be available at several local dive shops.

Why Coal Oil Point?

The underwater rocky ridges at Coal Oil Point in the Campus Point State Marine Conservation Area are a fabulous place to SCUBA dive to enjoy the benefits of Marine Protected Areas. This marine protected area offers incredible abundance and diversity of fish and wildlife. The area’s unique tar and natural gas seeps are also a feature to behold. The underwater ridges can be accessed by shore via a long surface kick heading due south from Coal Oil Point, or by boat using the coordinates provided. Learn more about Campus Point SMCA.


June 9th 7am-4pm $70 per person (includes meals and air fills)

Join Truth Aquatics and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper to celebrate World Oceans Day on a special limited-time discounted trip to the Naples State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) and Campus Point SMCA. MPA video grab 3.6

Experience the breathtaking beauty of this stunning stretch of coastline as we cruise up from the Santa Barbara Harbor and anchor at Naples Reef. This small offshore pinnacle reef provides impressively complex habitat and has some of the most diverse and productive sea life in all of Southern California. Our second dive will be at Campus Point SMCA just off of Coal Oil Point Reserve. The site offers an incredible example of the benefits of MPA protection, with bountiful lobsters and magnificent schools of fish in a thriving kelp forest ecosystem. Dive in and experience the diversity of marine life that makes these MPAs so unique. We also hope to encounter dolphins, seals, sea lions, birds, and maybe even whales!

This trip is sponsored by Santa Barbara Channelkeeper who is working to promote local businesses that provide opportunities to visit and learn about Santa Barbara’s coastal MPAs. Check out Channelkeeper’s Naples Reef and Campus Point Dive Portal (including dive maps and video) by visiting

To reserve your spot call Truth Aquatics at 805-962-1127 or reserve online. Dive gear and snorkeling rentals are available at your own expense.

Coal Oil Point Dive Video