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Trip Report: Monterey & Carmel by the Sea, March 2019

Discussion in 'NorCal' started by Ironborn, Mar 28, 2019.

  1. Ironborn

    Ironborn Barracuda

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    Thank you for the positive feedback. I looked into Breakwater Scuba but decided against them because they only offered guided dives at the Breakwater and Point Lobos, which might have been OK if I were there just for the weekend, but not for a whole week.
     
  2. Ironborn

    Ironborn Barracuda

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    Yes, I read about Wharf II and asked one of the guides about it, and he said that getting the harbormaster's permission to dive it might be prohibitively difficult. I had not yet seen Point Lobos by that point in the trip and decided to make that a higher priority instead, given its reputation, which I found to be well-deserved. Wharf II would be on my list if and when I return to Monterey. I have found that man-made structures - such as the Breakwater - are often more interesting in their marine life than natural sites.
     
  3. Ironborn

    Ironborn Barracuda

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    Oops, that was quite an oversight on my part. My computer logged temperatures between 51F and 55F. The lower end of that range was usually just at deeper spots.
     
  4. Ironborn

    Ironborn Barracuda

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    Thank you for the positive feedback. The Channel Islands are definitely on my list, maybe for day boats or even a liveaboard.
     
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  5. Chavodel8en

    Chavodel8en Barracuda

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    Great report and I concur w/ a lot of what you said. I tend to prefer Carmel sites to Monterey for more visibility and more wildlife. I also agree that Breakwater is a great site. A lot of us local divers grow bored with Breakwater b/c we have dived it so many times already. But among the Monterey/Pacific Grove sites, I'd say it has the most fish, and its the best site in Monterey/Carmel to have sea lions buzz you. If you are coming from elsewhere, Breakwater is a great site to take in the local diving.
     
  6. Ironborn

    Ironborn Barracuda

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    Yes, I would agree. I think that we saw a greater number and variety of animals at the Breakwater than we did at McAbee Beach or Lovers' Point. I think it is another example of man-made structures attracting more animals than natural features.
     
  7. LiteWeight

    LiteWeight Solo Diver

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    Becca, thanks for the offer! I have never dove there before but have quite a few quarry dives in 45-60 deg water. I will be staying with a friend who dives there frequently so can't wait to make the trip and see the beautiful California diving!
     
  8. LiteWeight

    LiteWeight Solo Diver

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    Thank you! Can't wait to go!
     
  9. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    Very detailed report exceptionally well presented

    A suggestion
    The next trip fly in to San Francisco and work your way south ..the ocean will always be on your right side -- great views !

    Stop at the Big Sur spots and especially Plaskett Creek campground aka Jade Cove and dive for the wonderful California green jade (contact me and I will send you a very comprehensive instructions on ID ing and diving for jade)
    On south to Ventura and the charter boats for the channel islands
    SDM
     
  10. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    As usual, a very nice and detailed report @Ironborn -- I'd suggest you do a 4-5 day liveaboard with Truth Aquatics out of Santa Barbara when you venture back to the Pacific Coast.

    I would elect for a summer or fall trip to the Southern Channel Islands to get a new experience from what you just had in Monterey. Truth Aquatics also runs annual trips to Big Sur 1 month a year. They reposition the Vision boat to Morro Bay and do some interesting and exploratory trips there. I am off to the Philippines next Monday for a couple of weeks of diving and then will be out for 4 days of So Cal Channel Islands diving with Truth Aquatics over Memorial weekend. Boat diving is so much easier here on the West Coast, as far as I am concerned. Not to say that we don't have incredible shore diving and that is what I mostly do-- but if I was traveling and making a dive vacation out of it, I would absolutely be diving from a boat-- whether day trips or a live aboard. Thanks again for your post!
     
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