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Site Review by
 Jason NYC
Date: 02/09/2005

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jason NYC Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Los Angeles Reef:    4.00
State:   CA Animal:    5.00
Country:   USA Plant:    5.00
Diving:   12 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   325 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    3.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.59
When I visited this site the first time I couldn't believe that such lovely places existed in America! It really is a picture perfect spot. As mentioned in other reviews, access is only permitted from 9-4pm and security guards on site may ask what you are doing. Just say you are there for "coastal access." It looks like construction is about to start up again after many years so dive it now before beach access is halted. I actually saw a group of free roaming sheep and goats both times I was here. Insane! A somewhat long hike in gear to the rocky/pebble cove beach area brings you to the water along a sloping sand path. It is best to bring a friend who has done this before because surf can be high and hard. Picking the right place to enter is key here. Too much surf caused me to abort my dive attempt on the first trip here. Watch out for very sharp pieces of an old pier sticking out of the water at the cove entry. They can only be seen during low tide. Free parking and security but no bathrooms or any other facilities. Dolphins, Sea Lions and more here! I really felt like I was diving from some remote beach in another country, but I live in NYC so...    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    2.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2005
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    2.00
 
 


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