Overview of McAbee Beach

McAbee Beach

McAbee Beach
California North
USA West


Site Review by
 David Stanwick
Date: 06/14/2009


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  David Stanwick Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Vallejo Reef:    4.00
State:   CA Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   2 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   14 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.95
After having a lousy experience at The Breakwater, I wasn't expecting much here. Boy, was I wrong! Conditions were great: shallow but plenty to see, good vis, no surge. Seals and otters have been known to gently harass divers here. You will want to bring a light, especially if cloudy or foggy, and good compass skills are essential. Go out on bearing 30 and return on bearing 210. The Mexican restaurant right next to this site lets you use their parking lot all day for $10.00. (This is actually a good deal compared to the other lots in the area, and most parking meters are limited to 4 hours.) A uniformed employee patrols the lot starting around 09:00 AM with a clipboard and will collect your money. You can park before he shows up and give him your money on a break between drives. I've heard from others that on some days no attendant is present and you can park for free. Public restrooms (no showers) are available one block SW, in front of parking structure on Wave St. & Hoffman Ave. NOTE: signs say NO scuba gear in restrooms, NO changing, dry wetsuits OK. So you can't 'go' between dives.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2009
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00

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