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Carmel River North - Carmel CA

Carmel River North is a shore accessible salt water dive site, located in Carmel, CA. This dive site has an average rating of 3.60 out of 5 from 5 scuba divers.

This is the Northern most dive site of the Carmel River State Beach, and is slightly protected from the Northern swells. Watch the current as your round the rocky point. Carmel Point is located at the Southern end of the Carmel. From Highway 1, take Ocean Ave or 13th Ave toward the sea. Turn left on Scenic Road, and continue to the Southern intersection of Ocean View Ave. You will overlook the beach to your right.
One of my favorite dives in Carmel. Spectacular kelp dive with good thick kelp and tons of life. Easy entry and exit. Follow the kelp line out nearly to the point, and watch the currents. I only dive here if swells are under 4-5 feet. This is close to the butterfly house, too. Another great dive.
Great dive with vis. Easily to 30 feet. Sandy/rock bottom then follow the reef out. Steps make going in/coming out easy. Get there early to find a place to park. Looks real good around the point, but didn’t go out that far. Overall a great dive with few people around. Great kayak launch, also. Take a picnic lunch and do a few dives here.

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Axlebreaker - 9/27/2019 8:50 PM
I went scuba diving here on 3/31/2019. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m.
Just a quick dive to check out my gear after servicing.
Axlebreaker - 4/14/2019 11:26 PM
Rating Added: 4
Diving this location is great. The entry can be challenging. I’ve found it better to enter by stare case using the points natural wave brake. The views are amazing with boulders and kelp beds in the area. You might even find some golf balls.
CAAdventureGurl - 12/29/2016 10:23 PM
Rating Added: 2
So this is where I got my rescue certification, so I have no idea what this site is like actually under the water. We spent most of the time, running around practicing CPR, rescue scenarios, demonstrating search patterns, doffing gear, body surfing back and hauling our instructors out of the surf.
The things I learned:
-I can pull a 240+lb man out of the water.
-Beware your entry point when you don’t have fins to control - beach currents effect wave-height, sleeper waves can maytag you. (another student came in at the outer side of the beach cove where the waves were strong and not being broken up by the rip current, got rolled by a sleeper and lost control)
-It’s a long walk from the parking lot with all the gear
MC - 6/09/2015 5:27 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/6/2015.
Could be an interesting site. Parking very limited. Vis was bad, 5-8 ft. Recent storm had stirred up debris. Large amounts of kelp torn loose. Went deeper hoping for better vis but it was not to be.