Overview of Hearst Beach

Hearst Beach

Hearst Beach
California Mid
USA West


Site Review by
 Bryan Zavisza
Date: 05/25/2009


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bryan Zavisza Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    1.00
City:   San Diego Reef:    2.00
State:   CA Animal:    2.00
Country:   USA Plant:    2.00
Diving:   8 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   0 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    2.51
This is one of my least favorite sites to dive. The walk to the shore diving entry is LONG. The surface swim is VERY LONG (a boat is recommended) Then once you get out there the visibility is most likely to be very poor and the surf is likely to be big. There are some cool animals and reef topography here if you are lucky enough to see more than 3 feet in front of you. Best diving is around the point in the kelp forest (again boat recommended). I had a friend see a thresher shark here. It is kind of a 'sharky' area with the Piedras Blancas elephant seal rookery right up the coast. I was doing a research project and would not come here for a fun dive.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    1.00
Intermediate:    1.00
Advanced:    1.00
Night diving:    1.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2006
Visibility:    1.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    3.00

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