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Diving in the Bay Area?

Discussion in 'NorCal' started by dewdropsonrosa, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. dewdropsonrosa

    dewdropsonrosa Solo Diver

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    I have a free Saturday (August 3) while I'm in town for a wedding and would really love to squeeze in a dive while I'm there. Unfortunately, I won't quite have the time to get down to Monterey for the really nice diving.

    Is there anywhere in the Bay Area itself (preferably southern end, I'll be in Palo Alto) to get a single shore dive? Any recommended operators?
     
  2. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    not really. conditions in pacifica/half moon bay are unreliable and the vis is also low usually. think pea soup.
     
  3. dewdropsonrosa

    dewdropsonrosa Solo Diver

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    Renting a car appears to be not as expensive as I thought ($50 for economy model), so I might bite the bullet on that and go to Monterey after all.
     
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  4. dewdropsonrosa

    dewdropsonrosa Solo Diver

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    Next question, if I can make it to Monterey:

    Beachhopper II or Sanctuary? (Escapade is booked up already.)
     
  5. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    sanctuary, limited load compared to beachhopper. beachhopper is cheaper though iirc
     
  6. eelnoraa

    eelnoraa DIR Practitioner

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    how about Point Lobo? No boat, but need to make reservation.
     
  7. dewdropsonrosa

    dewdropsonrosa Solo Diver

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    Location: Chicago, IL
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  8. elgoog

    elgoog DIR Practitioner

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    Sanctuary and Beachhopper are both good but, as @runsongas said, Sanctuary is a 6-pack, Beachhopper averages 10-12 and it can get a little tight. You'll hit similar spots on both boats and the captain+crew are both good.

    Sanctuary does offer an afternoon charter but I would recommend against it as it's consistently windy - it's attractive time-wise since you don't have to wake up super early but sign up for the morning charter.

    Are you traveling with another diver? Get Pt Lobos reservations. You can also hire a dive guide to go with you there.

    EDIT: I'm in Canadaland that weekend otherwise I would have offered to go with you.
     
  9. dewdropsonrosa

    dewdropsonrosa Solo Diver

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    I'm solo for this trip and would need to enlist a buddy, if not on a charter.
     
  10. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    Location: California - Bay Area
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    pt lobos is somewhat of a gamble. no guarantee the conditions will be good this far out. if you have a reservation and the conditions look good, lining up a buddy isn't too hard. just you might end up eating the reservation fee if the conditions end up bad.

    solo diving north monastery (south has too many urchin) or breakwater is an option if you are comfortable with it and bring a pony bottle or don't mind non-mirrored SM. not sure any of the local shops rent manifolded doubles or pony bottles, but you can ask.
     

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