Overview of Bass Rocks

Bass Rocks

USA East


Bass Rocks is a great dive if the weather is cooperating. It is fairly shallow, and the entry can be challenging, but the abundant sea life will make it worth the effort.

Directions: At the end of SR 128 in Cape Ann, turn Left on SR 127A (Cross Street). In one half mile, turn right on Atlantic Rd. In one more mile you'll arrive at the dive site.


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*  Overview -- From Dan H: This was our entry point. The pics you have listed for shorediving are somewhat hazardous to make entries from. I volunteered to help divers out from these rocks because they were being beat up. The entry I took pics of looks easy and it is in comparison, but this was when we had all of those hurricanes down south and I think they affected weather conditions up here. 35 Minutes into the dive, the water got treacherous. Jake's wife has a videotape of us swimming in on monstrous tides. When we got to the rocks Jake mentioned in his review, the surge caused my ankles to sink into the rocks 5 inches. (I am being conservative because people tend to overstate things.) So it was easy in, hellish out. It took me 6 minutes to get to shore and I had to go out to help Jake in. I'm sure he would have crawled in eventually but I wouldn't be much of a dive partner if I stayed shoreside laughing at him falling down, LOL!.

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09/12/2004 Jake Jurczak (Avg: 3.65 Review) - This site is very beautiful and worth checking out. OK, lets get to the gear haul. I parked at the Atlantis and walked over to this dive site. I recommend you drop the gear off and park at Sals pizza, or get creative [like all divers should be]. There is a decent entry point across from the ELKS but don't park there because the cheese will NAIL YA. The entry point has small to medium sized rocks [mostly round] so be careful and take your time. The dive was really cool. We took a reference point on shore [the hotel across the street] and off we went. The vis was good and surge wasn't bad. We snorkeled out approx 200 yards and descended to 30 feet. I was impressed with the natural beauty of the rock formations that were covered with weed and ribbon kelp. We headed parallel to the shore and sited many types of marine life. I caught many large lobsters, but released them for another day. We spotted a very large winter ray and took various pictures of this place and each other, all in all a very fun dive. Plan your dive, take a current reading, bring a shore buddy and don't over exert your self. The exit was tough; I needed help getting out [thanx Dan]. One more note: the sea was calm when we entered the water, but within 20 minutes white caps were prevalent, so be careful and watch for these changes in conditions. Also remember, this is the North Atlantic, not Palm Beach in Aruba. I recommend this site for all levels, so have nice safe dive, and I hope to see you there.


Site Photos

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Entrance at Bass Rocks 

Getting to the parking area, you'll pass the Atlantis Motor Inn on your right (the dive site is behind us).


 Map     Sat
GPS: MS1402


Parking at Bass Rocks 

There is limited parking along this stretch, but it shouldn't be a problem.


 Map     Sat
GPS: MS1403


Parking at Bass Rocks 

Read and Heed!

Trail Head

 Map     Sat
GPS: MS1404


Trail Head at Bass Rocks 

You'll see a nice, groomed path to get to the entry.




Overview at Bass Rocks 

This was a rough day -- we would not have dove this day. The best entry is the small cove ahead.


 Map     Sat
GPS: MS1406


entry at Bass Rocks 

This is dangerous on a bad day, but an easy swim when calm.




Sign at Bass Rocks 

Be considerate of the residents here, and leave no trash and make no noise!

Last Verification: November, 2003  


Diver Averages for  Bass Rocks  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  2.00
Bottom Conditions:  4.00
Reef Conditions:  4.00
Animal Life:  4.00
Plant Life:  4.00
Facilities:  1.00
Solitude 5.00
Roads:  5.00
*Site Average:  3.65

Average Enjoyment Level

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

Number of reviews for this site: 1


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