Overview of Monastery Beach North

Monastery Beach North

Monastery Beach North
California North
USA West


Site Review by
 Andy Gottscho
Date: 02/13/2005


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Andy Gottscho Entry:    1.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Santa Cruz Reef:    5.00
State:   CA Animal:    5.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   3 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   71 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.93
This is a beautiful site, very popular for spearfishing and diving. Lots of harbor seals, lingcod, cabezon, blue rockfish, kelp rockfish, perch, colorful anemones, and sunflower stars. Fish are used to being hunted and the bigger blue rockfish are usually wary! Much bigger fish can be found next door at Point Lobos. Big leopard sharks have been sighted here! As you know, the beach entry /exit can be dangerous. There is actually a more protected, little-known entry just northeast of the main beach. It is a small sandy beach nestled among the rocky shore; you can easily see it from the water. You need to hike down the private driveway just north of the beach and take the dirt trail a few hundred yards. This entry is not suitable for scuba divers because you need to scale down a short but steep rocky slope to access the small beach; difficult to do with heavy weights and tanks. For freedivers and spearfishermen, however, this entry/exit is much easier and safer than attempting to enter from the main beach. Viz here can be good; on a calm day this site is phenomenal! This is my favorite spearfishing/freediving spot. If you want to practice deep freediving you can go as deep as you want! Have a good buddy with you!    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2005
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    1.00

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