Overview of Monastery Beach North

Monastery Beach North

Monastery Beach North
California North
USA West


Site Review by
 Oleg Gr
Date: 07/21/2009


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Oleg Gr Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   San Jose Reef:    3.00
State:   Animal:    2.00
Country:   Plant:    2.00
Diving:   3 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   8 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    2.90
Surf was just 3 ft around noon, got to 4-5 ft by 6 PM. Dense fog stayed for the whole day. Visibility was average, ~25 ft. Kelp forest still anchored, but starts to decompose. Despite all horror stories, entry and exit was easy. We've entered (didn't crawl, simply walked in) from the south side, just like advised here - behind the kelp, where surf is minimal. But I could see how people might have trouble getting in and out - especially in the middle, where at some point a girl was almost swept away. I'd say staying alert, knowing conditions and approaches is 99% of success in this place. Saw many sea stars, a dover, crabs, sea snails. Seal was keeping a distance. Grainy white quartz and dark granite sand at the bottom is really something. Next time I hope for more sun and better visibility - early spring should work better than mid-summer.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2009
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    4.00

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