Overview of Monastery Beach North

Monastery Beach North

Monastery Beach North
California North
USA West


Site Review by
Date: 09/10/2002


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Derek Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Lodi Reef:    4.00
State:   California Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   10 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   60 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    3.68
I dove this site for the first time after hearing how it is the best dive in the Monterey Area. I would have to agree although I have only been diving in Monterey about ten times. The entry wasn't as bad as many say it is, and I would recommend this to any beginning diver that has any sense for the strength of the ocean...make sure you are in good physical shape as well. The visibility was great--30-40 feet in most areas. I was amazed at how large some of the rocks were. The fish life was abundant--many species of rockfish, greenling, rubberlip perch, calico bass--although I didn't spot one lingcod. The highlight of the dive was looking into a large school of black rockfish, and being followed by a friendly harbor seal. This guy was hugging my dive buddy's tank for about ten seconds without him knowing...it was hilarious. The vis on this particular day was better than the south side. I will definitely be returning soon.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2002
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    3.00

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