Overview of Magnolia Rocks

Magnolia Rocks

USA East


Another good area for lobster, Magnolia Rocks can be a great dive once you get past the rocky entry. You can descend down to about 45 feet where you'll find boulders, sand and crevasses. Perfect for exploration!

Directions: At the end of SR 128 in Cape Ann, turn right on SR 127A (Cross Street), and then bear left onto SR 127 South. In 1.3 miles, you will cross a bridge. In another 2.3 miles, turn left onto Magnolia Ave. In .6 miles, turn left onto Raymond/Norman. In 300 yards, turn right onto Lexington Ave. and go to the end.


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03/27/2006 Robert Messier (Avg: 3.26 Review) - Great dive. Looking to see wolf eels, sand sharks or stripers, this is the place. Lots of lobsters. I have even seen what is still unidentifiable, but looked like a Porbeagle shark. Probably way off base, but it was not a sand shark... All in all, out of the 6 dive sites I frequent in the Cape Anne area, this is my favorite.

08/13/2005 Areometer (Avg: 2.87 Review) - Relatively easy access with close parking. Site has this Private Property sign present but as long as you suit up in your vehicle and just walk pass it, no one should bother you. Underwater scenery isn't as nice as Norman's Woe, but still very acceptable with a nice aquascape. Good for beginning and intermediate levels.

07/15/2005 Bill in Brookine (Avg: 3.33 Review) - Great dive spot. Easy parking less than 1/2 block away. Mildly difficult entry, but once in, the dive is worth the hassle. Water temps in the channel were around 49, closer to shore in the mid 50's. Unlike previous reviews, I like the diving on the right, especially towards the island.

07/13/2005 Jon W. (Avg: 3.26 Review) - By far my favorite dive site so far. If you're willing to put extra effort into your entry and exit from the water, the dive is definitely worthwhile. Have had bad to excellent visibility here (5-30+'). Good lobstering spot, also. Bring your camera since this spot offers some good out-of-water photo opportunities. During my many dives I have only seen one other person diving here, and parking is right off the water.

03/14/2005 Sharon Hepburn (Avg: 3.15 Review) - Magnolia is a consistently good dive. Difficult, but not impossible at low tide. We've actually done belly-slides into the water here and almost always exit on hands & knees. Once you're in, there are a couple of sheltered spots to put your fins on. You often have to time your paddling with the waves to get over the rocks into deeper water. I prefer the swim to the left. The swim to the right can lead you up and over and around a maze of boulders that is hard on the ears. Often lots of fishermen here, so watch out for filament and hooks! We usually get lucky with parking. There are a few spots directly across the street. The homeowner adjacent has never complained and we've never been ticketed our towed. I think it's legal parking…

09/15/2004 Jake Jurczak (Avg: 3.35 Review) - I love diving in New England; we have the ocean in our blood. The cold water, the tough entries, the rough currents, bring 'em on baby. This site has close parking. I parked at the end of Lexington Ave. My dive buddy and I suited up at the truck and walked about 300 feet to the entry point. OK PAY ATTENTION!!! As you head out on to the rocks, proceed to the left (we found this much easier). I saw other divers being pummeled over on the right side [OUCH]. After carefully entering the water, we descended to 10 feet. The dive was very cool, with a green luminescent overtone. There were various rock formations teaming with lobster. [I took 10 keepers home for my Sunday Surf and Turf ritual] The ocean was surging at a depth of 30+ feet and it was fun to drift and observe marine life. The exit was tough. Take your time and save a little extra air just in case you need rest. [The waves can make a snorkel difficult]. All-in-all a great dive, especially if you're hungry. Be extra careful on this one and I hope to see you there.


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Overview at Magnolia Rocks 

A beautiful spot, with houses to die for!


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entry at Magnolia Rocks 

This is a good, calm day for an easy slip into the water. Remember how to find your entry once you are ready to exit!


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entry at Magnolia Rocks 

If you are not comfortable with rocky entries, this probably is not the site for you.

Last Verification: November, 2003  


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

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  2.67
Bottom Conditions:  3.50
Reef Conditions:  3.33
Animal Life:  3.50
Plant Life:  3.67
Facilities:  1.50
Solitude 2.67
Roads:  4.00
*Site Average:  3.20

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.50
Beginner Scuba:  2.50
Intermediate Scuba:  3.17
Advanced Scuba:  3.67
Night diving Scuba:  2.67

Number of reviews for this site: 6


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