Overview of Monastery Beach South

Monastery Beach South

Monastery Beach South
California North
USA West


Site Review by
Date: 08/29/2005


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Anonymous Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Reef:    3.00
State:   Animal:    3.00
Country:   Plant:    5.00
Diving:   0 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   8 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.94
I took my first 'local' dive here at Monastery. I got certified in Hawaii, so the cold waters of Carmel were a little different. The water wasn't as bad as I thought - about 50 degrees, which is pretty warm for this area, as told by my Dive master. For the first dive we swam around the kelp beds at around 40 feet, a short swim out from the shore. The second dive, we snorkeled out a lot farther (also on the south shore), and that was a lot better. The rock formations are large and rugged, and there is a lot more larger fish to see. Saw lingcod, rock fish, jellyfish, hundreds of starfish varieties, and a few crabs. Didn't see any halibut, although we saw a few divers coming out of the water with Perch and some other fish types. Overall, the dive was good and I would go back for some more.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2005
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00

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