Overview of Chimneys


USA East


Site Review by
 Jake Jurczak
Date: 03/12/2006


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Jake Jurczak Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Reading Reef:    3.00
State:   Mass Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   30 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   300 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.10
The Chimneys is a fun dive and has something to offer for all levels of diver. OK, forget parking here-- I've never found a spot since 1974 -- enough said. I recommend that you drop off the gear, park at Nahant beach and mountain-bike back to the chimneys [2 miles]. I park at my friends house near 40 steps. The dive site is 40 yards from shore and you can see them breaking the surface at low tide to the left of the beach on the 40 steps side. When the tide is high, the Chimney peaks are 7 feet down. I prefer high tide and have reached a depth of around 26 feet. I descended along the pinnacle formation to the sandy bottom where I sighted various lobster pots, along with many lobbies hiding in the rocks, waiting for me to fill my dive bag with 1/2 of my surf-and-turf ritual. I managed to bag 8 or 9 keepers at the base of this underwater megalith. The VIS was exceptionally good this day [20 feet] and I enjoyed my solo dive with various species of marine life. The Chimneys has been a popular dive for years. I found an awesome spear gun here in the early 80's near the base of the rocks. Nahant is an island sold to white men for a suit of clothes by the local Indian chief, so you never know what you'll find around here: artifacts, treasure, mystery, and adventure above and below the ocean. I love New England like no other place and suggest you plan a dive at THE CHIMNEYS. So have a safe dive and I hope to see you there!    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2005
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    3.00

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