LA - Honeymoon Cove

LA - Honeymoon Cove
California Mid
USA West


Site Review by
 Frank Lukowski
Date: 01/22/2010


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Frank Lukowski Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   San Pedro Reef:    4.00
State:   California Animal:    4.00
Country:   United States Plant:    4.00
Diving:   2 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   70 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    2.00


*Average:    3.49
Honeymoon Cove is a great alternative spot to dive when other easier accessed sites such as White Point, Marineland and Malaga have poor conditions. Honeymoon's is one cove north of Christmas Tree cove. Like its conjoined twin 'Christmas Tree', Honeymoon averages excellent visibility in the range of 15-20ft. I have not explored Honeymoon Cove fully, but from what I've seen its a great spot to dive. There are two main zones which I have dove. One being the extreme Northern point of the cove which stays surprisingly shallow '15-25ft'. This area has low lying reefs consisting of urchin barrens and loosely spread kelp forests. The usual critters inhabit this area including schools of opal eye, surf/zebra perch and senoritas. The second zone which I've explored is directly out from the middle of the cove. My normal route is to surface swim directly out to about a depth of 25-30ft. From there I would descend and kick out to about 60ft. At this point heading parallel to shore in either direction will bring you to a series of larger reefs, some with interesting mini arches, overhangs and crevices. It is at these reefs at which I've encountered some more interesting marine life. They include Cabazon, Scorpionfish, a few large sheephead and even a few Octopi. In the extreme shallows 'within the tidal zone' there is a few thermal vents, like the ones found at White Point. These are located in 5-10ft, depending on tide and can be quickly found by looking for the white algae blanket which feeds on the warmth of these vents. Entry at Honeymoon is easier then other surrounding sites, but be prepared for some boulder hopping. Also the hike down the goat trail to Honeymoon is one of the most difficult on the peninsula. Be prepared for loose gravel, dirt and steep terrain. Honeymoon is a very unique spot which any shore diver is sure to enjoy.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2009
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00

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