Scuba diving in Monterey
While diving Monterey Bay area you will enjoy its
boat as well as shore dive sites. It is quite a challenge to
dive in Monterey's rough and deep dive sites. Monterey Bays
beautiful blue water is one of the largest protected marine
areas in the world. Abundant marine life inhabits Monterey
Bay dive sites.
Huge numbers of marine mammals live in
Monterey Bay national sanctuary including seals, otters and
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
centers for safety, additional information, level required
for each dive site and without being accompanied by a
All the information provided is purely informative for our
readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average annual temperature: Between 15°C and 21°C (60° F and
Average Water surface temperature: 11° C to 14° C (53 °F and
can reach 58°F in autumn months).
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 15 and 40
feet (4 to 12 meters).
Coldest time: December
Warmest time: September
Possible to dive all year round.
Monterey Bay; also called Del Monte is rich in dive sites.
Monterey dive sites are considered some of the most colorful
dive destinations in California. Monterey diving is suitable
for snorkelers and divers with all levels of expertise.
Monterey Bay national Sanctuary is what attracts divers from
all over the world. It is home to more than 26 species of
marine mammals, 345 species of fish and 4 species of
turtles. You will have the chance to watch sea lions,
dolphins, octopus and whales visiting this area and get face
to face with them.
Some of Monterey dive sites.
Coral Street is an attractive dive site, suits beginners as
well as intermediates according to surf conditions. The site
is mostly shallow with a rocky bottom, but in the deeper
parts you get to see coralline algae. It's better for divers
to complete the swim underwater, for the current gets
stronger on the surface.
Lover's Cove one of the most popular dive sites in Northern
California. It is at a depth ranging from 25 to 45 feet (7
to 13 meters) deep. Also the bottom varies from rocky
outcroppings to sand channels. The site suits beginners and
Coppertop House suits beginners as well as intermediates
according to surf conditions. The site is mostly shallow and
rocky and is home to monkeyface eels.
Bluefish Cove is an interesting dive site with a sandy
bottom and rocky outcroppings in some parts. Bull kelp grows
on these rocky parts. Leopard sharks can be spotted in
winter months; they come to this spot to bear pups and you
may get to see 20 of them during one dive. You will enjoy
exploring the caverns at this site, make sure to have the
required experience to dive these caverns.
Breakwater is a very popular dive site. It is open most days
of the year; more than any other site in Northern
California. It suits beginner and intermediate divers.
McAbee Beach is a beginner dive site. It is at a depth
ranging from 15 to 40 feet (4 to 12 meters) of water. You
can find thick kelp formations in about 30 to 40 feet (9 to
12 meters) deep.