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The North Shore dive site is especially unique since you are living steps away from a diving entry. The house here was built by David Mickley precisely because of the superb diving location. You can find out more by visiting his web site at www.2dive4.net. There is a wall 100 yards off-shore that drops down to 2500 ft so there is an opportunity to get access to all the pelagic creatures very close to shore.

Directions: On the North shore in a small grouping of residences, just East of Cane Bay.


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04/23/2006 Tim Wolfe (Avg: 3.02 Review) - The owner of 2Dive4 has posted a map of the dive on his site and links here. The entry is just East of his home - dirt pull out with easy trail to sand/small rocky beach. This is a relatively shallow dive (best light) over a large coral garden with sand channels. Current can be quite strong, so test it and plan your dive accordingly. It's a long swim out to the coral, and a long swim against the current back to the exit. Good workout, but there's nothing unique that can't be seen in other sites. As with others, not a lot of fish (other than tiny fish). I think beginners should not dive here due to the strong current, directional/navigational issues.

04/10/2004 Dave Mickley (Avg: 4.60 Review) - I choose to build my diving retreat here so I am prejudice. However, having said that I will still tell you the pros and cons of this great shore dive. The entry can vary from very easy to advanced depending on surf conditions. Especially in the winter this can be one of the highest surf areas on the north shore. Good for boogie boarding not good for the inexperienced diver. I have not found a day yet that I could not enter. However, I have a lot of experience with surf entries. There is an area of approx. 200 yards that provides for relatively easy footing on entrance and exit. The main concern is just the surf. Once you are in, the following map I have made pretty much says it all http://2dive4.net/images/2dive4map.jpg The current runs E to W and has never been stronger than I could swim against. Save some energy to get back to where you entered from as the next good exit to the East is a ways away. Preferably plan your return under water and shallow and you will come upon Lobsters Ledges (in 22ft of water). This is an awesome shallow dive with lots of life and often nurse sharks, ells, or turtles. Be sure to take a flash light to The Trench, Sea Mount and Lobster's Ledges as there are lots of holes and ledges to peer into in all these areas. I hope this helps. Feel free to email me if you are going to this area and you need any other input. Dave


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Entrance

 Map     Sat
GPS: CR0701
N1746.7129'
W06448.2065'

 

Entrance at North Shore 

Look for the red roofed house. This is a private rental residence, so you won't be able to make it to the beach without the owner's permission.

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Overview at North Shore 

The house is new construction -- quite impressive.

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Overview at North Shore 

The coast line has a rugged beauty.

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Overview at North Shore 

No, this isn't the entry, just one of the spectacular views from shore.

Entry

 Map     Sat
GPS: CR0705
N1746.7353'
W06448.1976'

 

Entry at North Shore 

On the right side of the property, there are two sandy entry areas just made for shore diving! Keep an eye on land marks to ensure you return to this exact location.

Last Verification: July, 2003  

 

Diver Averages for  North Shore  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.00
Bottom Conditions:  3.50
Reef Conditions:  4.50
Animal Life:  3.50
Plant Life:  4.00
Facilities:  3.00
Solitude 5.00
Roads:  4.50
*Site Average:  3.81
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.00
Beginner Scuba:  2.50
Intermediate Scuba:  3.00
Advanced Scuba:  3.50
Night diving Scuba:  2.50

Number of reviews for this site: 2

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