Butterfly House

Butterfly House
California North
USA West


Site Review by
 Owen DeLong
Date: 04/18/2005


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Owen DeLong Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   San Jose Reef:    3.00
State:   CA Animal:    3.00
Country:   US Plant:    3.00
Diving:   11 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   500 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    2.00


*Average:    2.97
This is a great place to dive on a good day, and, outright dangerous on a bad day. Conditions can change rapidly between entry and exit, so, if you notice increasing surge or changes in current/surge/visibility while down, it might be worth surfacing and evaluating an exit. Access to the site is difficult, involving climbing down a rocky cliff face, but there is ample safe space for setting up your gear on some mostly flat rocks before climbing the rest of the way down to the entry. The climb down from the staging area to the entry is not difficult. Take your time, and make multiple trips to the staging site rather than trying to carry too much. Keep one hand free for steadying at all times. Conditions in the water are good visibility, some very nice kelp forests and a couple of good reefs as well as some good sand channels. Multiple forms of inner bay and outer bay life are within easy kicking range, and, you can kick out to significant depth if you are so inclined. Average depth very near the entry is 40-60 feet, getting deeper as you kick out further. There is a long rock-reef along the left of the entry. Avoid this while at the surface, and do not surface close to it. It is a very hazardous area with frequent rogue waves. I recommend avoiding it under water as well, although on very calm days, it is a great reef to explore near the bottom at calm high tide.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    1.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    1.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2004
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    2.00

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