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Bluefish Cove - Point Lobos is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located at Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel, CA 93923. This dive site has an average rating of 4.00 out of 5 from 1 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 121-130ft/37-40m. The average visibility is 11-15ft/3-5m.

Perhaps it’s because divers cannot access Bluefish Cove without a boat, or maybe a few divers in Whaler’s Cove have claimed to have seen clearer water leaking through the channels in Cannery Point Wall, but rumors are that the water is more clear, the marine life is more abundant, and the diving is more exciting. It’s true. Even if it were not protected, Bluefish Cove would offer some of the best diving in California. With the protection of its "Reserve" status, the fish have grown to maturity and, having no fear of hunters, are quite at ease with a diver hovering in their midst.

Bluefish has no protection from the full force of the open ocean. A tributary of the Carmel Submarine Canyon terminates at the northeast end of the cove, funneling deep water swells and their clear, fertile water into the cove. The swift, surge-driven currents and the pounding of high energy, open-ocean swells have carved what is left of Cannery Point into a labyrinth of pinnacles and canyons dropping precipitously from the shallows to depths well over the 130 ft. sport diving limit. Nutrient rich water sustains a community that smothers the substrate. Plants and animals compete aggressively for the space on the rocks, creating a situation where species of plants and animals grow over each other in a frenzied slow motion war for space. The density of reef life is four times that of the other dive areas in the park.

The exposure to the open sea provides opportunities to see pelagic life, and it is common to observe sea lions, pelagic jellies, molas, and the occasional whale or shark. There are times when the currents bring in huge swarms of jellies, filling the outer cove with a spectacular variety of pulsating life forms, and providing food for the hordes of Bluefish from whom the cove gets its name.

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Canthon - 4/06/2013 4:18 PM
Rating Added: 4
I went scuba diving here on 1/14/2012. Average viz: 51-60ft/16-18m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Lots of Anenome and Starfish. Plenty of Urchin and baby abolone. The bottom was sandy with rock walls and a canyon to observe all kinds of life. Came across numerous halibut and a few big rock crabs. the seas were calm and visibility was the best I’ve seen in on the North Coast.