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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.


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!
Green_Achers - 11/27/2012 3:26 PM
Rating Added: 3
Great beginner area for me. I understand there is a lot of sandy floor but we hung tight to the rock wall and completely enjoyed the dives!
mrpirate408 - 6/26/2012 9:13 AM
Rating Added: 4
I always come here great place.
mrpirate408 - 6/26/2012 9:12 AM
Rating Added: 4
I love this place lots of sea life and easy to dive am going july 9th if any one wants to join in the morning.
benprusinski - 3/03/2012 7:10 PM
Rating Added: 3
Great place for a new diver or diver who is new to cold water diving in Monterey. Not hard to enter and exit and good training spot.
scubagurl - 1/05/2012 11:32 AM
This is where almost all diving classes are held every weekend. The bottom can get stirred up and results in bad viz. If you find a spot away from the classes (look for the floats) the viz can be decent and even good. For a shore dive location, the jetty wall at breakwater can be a really nice dive with lots to see. The viz usually opens up the deeper you go. At this site I regularly find a lot of crabs of many species, jellyfish, sea cucumbers, nudibrachs, rockfish, an occasional octopus, starfish, sunflower stars. I have even seen halibut in the sand here, and occasionally cormorant birds that dive down to grab fish. Sea Lions bask in the sun on the jetty wall and occasionally you will interact with one in the water. The best diving is always from boat accessible locations no matter where you go.
scubagurl - 1/05/2012 11:34 AM
continued...Try diving this site on a weekday for the best chance at good viz. You can also call down to Glenn’s Aquarius dive shop which is adjacent to this site. They usually can give you information on current conditions. This is considered a very easy dive, but occasionally the surf can kick up.
divelizard - 12/27/2011 11:10 PM
Rating Added: 2
not always a lot to see. bad viz not unusual.

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