Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
04/25/2006 3.99 Monastery Beach South California North, USA West
Lots of parking on HWY 1 and not a very long haul to the beach. There was a group of 6 divers exiting and 2 free divers there, as well. It was low tide and the entry/exit was easy. Went out right of the point and stayed in 35-40 feet - lots to look at and there are some cool reefs. Nudibranch, few crab, stars, and lots of rockfish - bagged 2 yellow, 2 perch, 1 china and 1 black on 1 tank. It is advised that you DO head back underwater as I came up and had to do the hard swim thru the kelp at low tide - not fun! Be careful around the point as I started catching currents going towards the rocks. Awesome site for underwater viewing - just North of Point Lobos.
03/21/2006 3.41 Van Damme State Park California North, USA West
Went to Van Damme as everything else was blown out or didn't look too clear. Did a 2 tank dive - dove left side of parking lot and was very shallow. There was a good reef, though, with lots to look at. We saw a big sea cucumber, nudibranch as well as the usual suspects and grabbed a few crabs. Tried to go towards the center of beach but not much there. The right side (north) looked good though although a far swim. Easy entry/exit even when everything else was windy.
09/15/2002 2.86 Shaws Cove California South, USA West
Shaws cove is great for beginners to advanced divers. Beginners- easy entry from shore. Intermediate- reef systems. Advanced- tunnels and swim throughs. It is fun to spend a whole day there and relax do scuba and skin diving. The only drawback is the CROWDS of people!