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Site Review by
 Hannah Rempel
Date: 09/19/2020

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Hannah Rempel Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   San Luis Obispo Reef:    5.00
State:   CA Animal:    5.00
Country:   United States Plant:    5.00
Diving:   5 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   700 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    4.50
Great site when conditions allows. There's beautiful fish schools, kelp, and playful seals. That said, I only recommend diving here when there are low wind and waves and if you're experienced with navigation in temperate waters. Otherwise, if you're really interested in diving here but less experienced, talk to a local dive shop and a guide can take you when the winds are calm. Difficulty: I would strongly discourage novice divers and those without experience navigating in low viz, current conditions from diving here. For more experienced temperate water divers, this is a terrific site for the area when conditions allow. Facilities: there's a parking lot with a bathroom. Entry: I like to dive the south side, so after parking it's a little trek across the beach, but you can follow the reef structure out and into the adjacent 'Smuggler's Cove', then follow along that to the southern lip of the cove where there's often beautiful fishes and other critters to see.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    5.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    3.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2019
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    2.00
 
 


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