Overview of Hearst Beach

Hearst Beach

Hearst Beach
California Mid
USA West


Site Review by
 Brian Xavier
Date: 12/24/2004


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Brian Xavier Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    2.00
City:   Visalia Reef:    1.00
State:   CA Animal:    2.00
Country:   USA Plant:    2.00
Diving:   16 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   500 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    2.00


*Average:    1.98
I dove this site a year ago and it was a lot of work. I carried my gear to the north end of the beach with a dolly, and went through the 2-4 foot surf to dive next to the wall. I kicked way out, but the water remained shallow. When I finally dove, the water was beautiful, with lots of sand dollars- a crystal blue (20 ft. depth). In order to get into the rocks you have to use a yak or paddle WAY out. Saw no fish but I was in sand nearly the entire dive. I have dove from kayak a few times here, but the viz can be really bad. Pick a good viz day and the diving/spearfishing can be great. Dive further out near the point and kelp. I have seen divers kill big lings and lots of rockfish. P.S. One of the best dive sites in the state is nearby. Cambria Rock is about 10 miles south of San Simeon and the diving can be excellent with a boat or yak. Drop down in 50-60 feet and see literally thousands of rockfish and some big reds and lings. Pick a flat day for this, as it gets rough far out at the rock. Anchor your yak and drop down the anchor line. Be ready for some big fish! Some of the old-timers have told me that the water is generally clearer in Cambria than other nearby places.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    2.00
Night diving:    1.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2004
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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