Overview of Mangel Halto Reef

Mangel Halto Reef

Mangel Halto Reef
ABC Islands


Site Review by
 Dave 2
Date: 12/30/2001


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Dave 2 Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Simi Valley Reef:    5.00
State:   Calif Animal:    5.00
Country:   US Plant:    2.00
Diving:   6 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   136 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.64
I entered by walking out west from the small beach as shown in the website. I found a significant northbound current until I got to a depth of about 30ft. I worked my way south against the current. This is very worthwhile dive! It was like diving in an aquarium garden with colorful fish meandering in and out of the abundant leaf coral (careful with that stuff, I inadvertently touch one with the back of my hand and immediately knew it - Ouch!) I exited through surf zone opposite beach I walked in from. This can be challenging. You have to cross about 15 ft of rocks through 2 ft deep water that is under continuous white-wash. It is possible to twist an ankle if you not careful. Just take slow. Also, be careful of the surge as you approach the rocks if you exit here. I wore a full 3mm suit and booties and was perfectly comfortable in the 79-80 degree water.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    2.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2001
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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