Overview of Halibut Point

Halibut Point

Halibut Point
USA East


Site Review by
 Daniel J. Halligan
Date: 09/15/2004


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Daniel J. Halligan Entry:    2.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Stoneham Reef:    3.00
State:   MA Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   2 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   18 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    3.50
This was actually my first dive after getting certified. I went on this one with the reviewer above, Mr. Jurcszak. We had an awesome time. I will begin with saying that the entry point is a nightmare. You CAN get a rock shelf that will help you like we did but it's tough. Since Halibut Point is a beautiful park, Jake got friends of his to come by and hang out on the beach. This was very helpful. My gear was wrong and I had to swim in to be fitted properly. You DON'T want this to happen to you. You should have a perfect load-out when you do this dive. It's almost like a space capsule. You find a rock crevice with waves crashing in, you assemble your gear, and then wait for a wave and push out into the Atlantic. Of course, being my first REAL dive, I was messed up with my gear. I returned to my rock nook. Thank God Jake's friends were there to help me out because I didn't have the strength to climb out with the wetsuit and change it personally. He is right, you need shore folks here. It's a fun park though so it shouldn't be a problem. As for underwater, Jake has nailed it. Weird stone slabs are everywhere. Stripers were all around us and I was awed. It was the last run of the Stripers and what a place to see it in! Being in the last point of Cape Ann, it seems like you're at the end of the world. Very cool. The lobster he is talking about is called in our circles "The Great Lobster". It scared the hell out of me! Imagine, being scared by a lobster? LOL! I will cut it short, but Jake caught it barehanded and brought it to the surface. Many adventures followed, but I remember watching it fall in twenty feet of water when he let it go. We New England Divers know how Lobsters act but this one just dropped down like a meteorite. I think it was to heavy to swim backwards. It looked like something out of Alien, LOL! Watch for our new dive log on Halibut Point. I am going there very soon. Beginners should not attempt this one. It was my first dive but it was not easy. It was the worst dive I have had and also the best dive I have had. Luckily, I like mistakes and errors as they help you learn and train. So this was a win-win dive for me. It might not be that for a more casual diver. My two cents.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2003
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00

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