I have logged about 100 dives in and around Carmel/Monterey. My dive at Point Lobos was the best of any of those. But some of it was luck. Conditions were EXCELLENT and I'm sure the diving was great all up the coast. To get out to the good diving at Point Lobos requires a bit of a surface swim, but is worth the extra effort. Visibility here often exceeds other local sites. On this day we could clearly see the bottom 75 feet below. Vis estimates were above 100 ft. The kelp and fish-life is amazing. The reef is also spectacular with some HUGE rocks that anchor the kelp. Lots of life. By far the best five I've ever had in Northern California, and that was in spite of a leaky dry suit that left me a bit cold.