Sand Harbor is located 5 miles south of Incline Village, NV on Tahoe Blvd. / Highway 28. This is a very popular area for all sorts of beach and water activities, including SCUBA diving. You’ll even find Diver’s Cove close to the east end of the parking area. Parking spots fill up quickly here when the weather is nice, so arrive early if you don’t want to haul your gear further than necessary. In this case, “early” means at or before 8 a.m. when the park opens.
Diver’s Cove has rocks to explore in the shallows, and you can often find a divers’ obstacle course made of PVC pipes to test your buoyancy control. This area averages about 30′ deep and sports some fun pass-throughs between boulders. For those who care to venture beyond the swim buoys, a sandy hill slopes quickly into the depths, where you’ll find large sunken trees and the occasional rocky outcrop. You won’t see many fish here, but crawdads abound.
Shore diving is easy, thanks to the gently sloping beach. During the summer months, you’ll likely encounter not only other divers but open water classes as well. There are also two boat ramps, from which you’ll see boats launching all day, so watch yourself in areas outside the buoys. Dive flags are required in the state of Nevada. See Dive Flag Laws for more information.