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Breakwater Cove - Monterey CA

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.


TooTanked - 7/22/2017 5:50 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/28/2016.
I love Breakwater. I have well over a dozen dives at this location... The rating I submitted for location in this log was for my overall experience of these two dives. The purpose of the dives were refreshers and to get familiar with some new gear. Due to allergies I had a difficult descent (my head was congested) and I over-weighted myself on the first dive and under-weighted myself the second. I’m new to this site and I am sampling the online dive log. If you happen to read this entry, please comment on how you like this site for tracking your dives. Thank you, N
wuzaracer - 7/10/2017 9:54 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/9/2017. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
I wore a 7mm semi dry suit, front entry with hood, boots and gloves. I was very comfortable in the water. There is plenty to see. The visibility was decent to good in spots. This was my first time diving in Monterey. I rented suit tank and weights from Breakwater Scuba. The shop is walking distance to the water. I suited up at the shop, walked to the shore and went diving with a buddy.
Smithsgold - 7/10/2017 2:13 PM
Glad you had a good dive !!!!
CAAdventureGurl - 12/29/2016 10:51 PM
Rating Added: 4
If you’ve never dove in Monterey, it’s best to start here.
It’s a large open cove with lots of space to park your cars, gear and friends. There are divers and dive services everywhere and everyone is always willing to help out. There’s a wonderful reef in less than 30’ of water and if you want to go deeper, there’s the breakwall for an easy reciprocal dive with fabulous kelp forest views and all the wonderful local critters in abundance.
I’ve encountered everything from tiny glass shrimp to curious electric rays (no I did not touch, but we both got within feet of and stared at each other for several minutes).
Sometimes the visibility can be bad, especially after and during some rough waves, but if you hunker down among the kelp and start peering under things, there will be thousands of critters to examine and find.
hellhound - 5/12/2016 11:02 PM
I went scuba diving here on 4/20/2016. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
Saw some great fish, crabs, sea snails, sea slugs, different colors of starfish. Would upload photos, but new camera had a crack in lens and old camera fogged up.
Randygus - 1/07/2016 1:42 AM
I went scuba diving here on 1/3/2016. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Last 2 dives were great got to see a lot and really enjoy the day
ParadiseDiveCenter - 12/21/2015 10:41 PM
Rating Added: 3
Great place for new students !!!
Randygus - 12/15/2015 2:03 AM
I went scuba diving here on 12/13/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Conditions were poor but still a good trip
Kamdive - 11/21/2015 4:00 PM
I went scuba diving here on 11/15/2015. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Dives # 8 and 9
Kamdive - 11/21/2015 3:58 PM
I went scuba diving here on 11/14/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Dives # 6 and 7
Kamdive - 11/21/2015 3:53 PM
Rating Added: 4
Did my open water dives here for my class
Smithsgold - 11/16/2015 5:41 PM
I went scuba diving here on 11/14/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Dive # 148 & 149, # 10 & 11 Dive Master Training, Kam Open water Dive # 1 and # 2
Lots of Surge !!!
DiverinDeep - 11/04/2015 9:33 PM
Rating Added: 3
Great training spot. Always something to see along the seawall. Don’t expect good viz here though.
Smithsgold - 9/02/2015 5:09 PM
Web Cam from Glenn’s Aquarius dive shop !!!
Brendin - 8/10/2014 12:04 PM
I went scuba diving here on 3/7/2009. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m.
Winterone - 7/13/2014 3:49 PM
this is a great location. checked out on my OW here. instructor took us to The fields on our 3rd dive, just to be certain we all got the dive fever, and was very successful! After a couple more skill tests we dove the breakwater side and that cinched the deal. Absolutely loved it! cold never factored into the equation, comfy in 7mm with 5mm hood/vest combo with gloves/boots. the ocean floor is literally alive with sand dollars, and flatfish.We saw octopus, and inverts, just an amazing place.
ElangTerbang - 1/24/2014 5:15 PM
Is anyone planning on diving this area in the next week or so and looking for a buddy? If so, I am looking at hitting (preferably Pt. Lobos), but I am flexible. Just need a dive buddy...
Skidmark - 11/20/2013 12:04 PM
Rating Added: 4
Completed open water certification here
kruzi - 10/04/2013 1:36 AM
Rating Added: 3
Canthon - 4/01/2013 7:34 PM
Rating Added: 3
This is a good introductory dive. There is a lot of aquatic life and things to see while having the ability to practice skills. Its a good place to become familiar with the ocean. My last class we taught there March 22 -24th 2013 we had 4 to 6 feet of visibility in 20 feet of water. It was nice to show the sand dollar fields and come across a school of good size halibut.
ScubaSWO - 12/20/2012 12:47 PM
Rating Added: 3
Tides were a little rough yesterday which made for an exciting beach entry. Water temp at 41 ft was about 50 degrees F and I got a little chilly in a 7mm wetsuit. I definitely would recommend dry suit but I get cold easily. Saw some great marine life; a massive school of jellyfish, lots of sea stars, and a couple otters and sea lions but they kept their distance. Easy navigation with landmarks and kelp patches. Good dive spot!

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