Overview of Stillwater Cove

Stillwater Cove

Stillwater Cove
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Site Review by
 Pettyfogger
Date: 01/27/2011

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Pettyfogger Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   San Francisco Reef:    5.00
State:   CA Animal:    5.00
Country:   USA Plant:    5.00
Diving:   51 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   3500 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    4.00

Evaluation

*Average:    4.17
Easy-peasy to get to and a great beginner/intermediate shore dive. Since this beach is usually in the lee of the prevailing northwest wind, it's usually calmer than any other place around. Don't let the proximity of the golf courses and tony facilities fool you - you're in a very active ecological environment, with multitudes of fish, flora and sea mammals such as sea otters, sea lions, and harbor seals. The fish can get big here, too. Two of my usual dive buds were boat diving at about 100 feet off of Stillwater when they saw a fifteen to twenty foot great white shark cruise by them (I missed that dive, and have never had the privilege of seeing one myself - Sigh…). They said it looked as big around as a VW, with a large, black dinner plate-sized eye looking at, through, and finally away from them. Killer whales also frequent Carmel Bay as well, and they have come up and surrounded my friends' boat - again on a trip when I wasn't along. Hey, when you enter the ocean, you also enter the food chain - and not at the top. War stories aside, this is a great place to dive.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    3.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2010
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00
 
 


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