Dive Sand Harbor

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.

Fast facts

  • Access: Park opens at 8 a.m. and closes 1 hour after sunset. 150 feet minimum from parking to water, open year round
  • Surface swim: A few hundred feet for rocks in the shallows, well over a thousand feet for deeper area
  • Parking: $10 for the day, includes facilities
  • Crowds: Get there early. Parking will fill up, and crowds will pack the beach.
  • Dive experience level: Beginner to intermediate
  • Highlights: Fun rocks to explore in the shallows. Buoyancy course. Drops off reasonably quickly outside the cove.
  • Dive flag: Required

Sand Harbor
7:14am5:07pm PST
Feels like: 28°F
Wind: 12mph ENE
Humidity: 46%
Pressure: 30.41"Hg
UV index: 2

Sand Harbor depth

Sand harbor depth

Depth in feet

Source: NOAA Chart 18665 (1975) (2016 – depth in meters)

Shore dive: Sand Harbor