Overview of Monastery Beach North

Monastery Beach North

Monastery Beach North
California North
USA West


Site Review by
Date: 11/12/2006


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  3LilMonkeys Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Monterey Reef:    4.00
State:   CA Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   21 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   300 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.58
I've been diving the Monterey Bay for about a year now and finally got around to Monastery. Wish I would have done it much sooner as this site is awesome. The entry was challenging but not as rough as I had thought it would be. I can definitely see how it can get really bad really quick. Marine life is the best I have seen in the Monterey Bay-- shot a nice lingcod and saw several others. The things I didn't care for on this site were: the sand (it is the perfect size to get into everything and jam it up good); a healthy surface swim; and the fact that I lost my favorite gun! Long story but my own stupid fault. There is a nice AB Biller 42" in about 50' of water for some lucky SOB to find. The rapidly dropping bottom contour is impressive, but make sure to have a dive plan everyone agrees to before exploring the drop. This site was awesome at 30' and at 110'. This is a great spot but make sure you know what the conditions are forecast, and do a good site survey before entering your first time.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    5.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    4.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2006
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00

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