Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
01/28/2005 3.80 Russian Gulch State Park California North, USA West
This is a fun site with an extremely easy entry; rare for much of the Mendocino coast. The underwater geography along the left of the cove near the entrance is impressive. Valleys and huge boulders with lots of fish, kelp, nudibranch and all the usual suspects. Some surface swim necessary to get near the mouth. Just dove it on a stunningly clear day in January and vis must have been 30ish feet (during nudi breeding season, too, so saw literally hundreds of the critters). Normal vis probably more like 10'-20'
01/28/2005 4.00 Van Damme State Park California North, USA West
This is an absolutely great dive for the beginner diver (me as of this review). Very easy entry with a large and shallow protected area. Inside the cove depths probably average in the 30's getting into the 40's in places. I've never done the rocks that form the breakwater but would like to see the deeper water on the far side. There is a huge anchor we came upon in the middle of the cove. It was massive and had been there long enough to have developed a little ecosystem. Overall a fun dive and one that would make a good choice if some other spots are too rough.