Breakwater Cove a.k.a. San Carlos Beach Park is another popular dive site - many classes are held here on weekends and parking can be limited, so get there early. This is a wonderful place to get a glimpse of sea lions, octopus, and other marine creatures. The best diving is on the outer side of breakwater. Beware of kelp and boats! Two dive shops within close walking distance. Max depths usually don’t exceed 65 FSW. Full services: food, lodging, emergency services (incl. chamber) nearby. Showers and restrooms at site. Find old pipe on north (left) side of dive site and follow it to Medtridium Field at about 60 FSW. Be sure to pay for parking - parking is enforced!
The jetty protecting Fisherman’s Wharf and the harbor. Parking off of Foam street at Spence street. Breakwater Cove is popular dive site. Parking can be limited, so get there early. This is a wonderful place to get a glimpse of sea lions, octopus, and other marine creatures. The best diving is on the outer side of breakwater. Beware of kelp and boats! Directions: In Monterey, heading West on Del Monte, bear right onto Lighthouse Ave, then bear right onto Foam St. Make a right onto Cannery Row.
Went to Monterey/Breakwater on 6/27, seemed to be a typical ’spring/summer’ dive. Visibility was maybe 8 feet at the bottom, 3 feet in the water column on the way down. Swell was minimal, but the beach was absolutely packed with checkout classes. Water was 57 @ the top and 55 @ 30-40 ft. Weather was incredible so with a 7 mil suit and 5 mil hoodie, it was extremely comfortable. This is an easy dive to ’get your gills wet’ after not diving for a while, or just an easy dive if you are looking for a quick one. It’s very hit or miss at Breakwater, but it’s always a good standby.
I’ve been here when you’re 1 of a 100 divers. Not fun. Today we had the ocean to ourselves. Bring plenty of weight because you usually don’t go deeper than 30’, with most of the dive about 20’. Saw 2 otters and a few harbor seals from above the water, but no one wanted to play today. Healthy kelp and lots of crabs, starfish and snails if your patient. Because it’s so shallow, you can finish you day with an 80 minute dive and walk 60’ to your car. They have a warm water shower. Good to clean your gear. Fun dive.