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Whalers Cove (Point Lobos) is a shore accessible salt water dive site, located at 62 Hwy 1, Carmel - Monterey, CA 93923. This dive site has an average rating of 4.27 out of 5 from 26 scuba divers.

Located in Point Lobos State Reserve, Whalers Cove is the most coveted dive location is this area. The highly restricted access of the Park creates an environment teaming with marine life. You must make reservations well in advance to enter, and must register with the gate before diving in.

SportDivers Planets 50 Greatest dives, # 5 Point Lobos, Northern Californians are a lucky bunch. Just a couple of hours from San Francisco are Tahoe’s ski slopes, Santa Cruz’s surf breaks and the town of Monterey, where new divers go for their open-water certification. While the diving is excellent at shore sites such as Lover’s Point and Breakwater, the best diving is 15 minutes away in Point Lobos National Park. Only 15 scuba-diving buddy groups are allowed into the park each day, ensuring the reefs remain pristine and the marine life unmolested. Steps from the parking lot, divers immerse under a canopy of thick kelp forests where light and shadow battle for supremacy. Look closely in the fronds for kelp crabs and minuscule snails. Lingcod patrol the reef edges, and nudibranchs flaunt their colors openly. A harbor seal — there are dozens lining the sandy shore — might pop by for a visit, if you’re lucky. But you’re diving Point Lobos — you’re lucky already. — David Espinosa

Drive South on Highway 1 from Carmel, past Monastery beach. You will see
the entrance on your right.
The comment about this park not allowing snorkeling is
false. I snorkeled with a buddy four times here in July and August of 2009.
This may be a great scuba site but it is not a great snorkeling site. Within
the cove the water was often murky and the sea life was close to non existent.
Outside the cove the visibility opens up but the depth keeps things of interest
out of sight for snorkelers. This is the only dive sight I visited in
California and it did not live up to the hype I heard about when asking for a
good snorkel site. Maybe I am just spoiled from all my Caribbean diving.
Love this place! The dive was very easy. I had never dove
here before. We suited up at Whalers cove and headed out. Very easy to navigate
this place. The sea life is amazing: harbor seals, sea anemones, rock fish,
kelp fish, eels, etc... And the visibility and kelp are Amazing! Important to
remember: the park only allows 30 divers a day, reserve early, bring your cert
card, and have a buddy, no solos here. And, think warm! We dove 7mm with lots
of layers and got one dive in; it was 52 degrees, but so worth it. Brrrr.
Friends we met up there dove dry suits, and got one dive in; an up welling of
cold from the trench brought more cold water in from the deep. We only saw 1/8
of what is to be seen. A definitely must to dive again!

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DiveNarced - 9/27/2019 9:08 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/16/2019. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m.
Great dive with lots of big fish and great little’s. I saw my first salp on this dive.
DiveNarced - 9/27/2019 9:06 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/13/2019. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m.
Started at middle reef and made our way to wall. The closer you got to the wall the better this vis. Had issues in shallows with empty tank and buoyancy.
DiveNarced - 9/27/2019 9:03 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/13/2019. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m.
Fun dive at middle reef. Lots of life.
DiveNarced - 9/27/2019 8:55 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/17/2019. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m.
DiveNarced - 9/27/2019 8:54 PM
Rating Added: 5
Great dive location!!
CAAdventureGurl - 12/29/2016 11:41 PM
Rating Added: 4
This can be a hit or miss. the entry is easy because you can use the boat launch, but the bay is often very surgy effecting visibility. If you are willing to swim far enough out, you can get some of the fabulous views of the Ocean and there is always tons of life to see.
WaterBoy700 - 5/05/2016 8:01 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/4/2016. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
I want to go again!

Great place Book early to get in!! I want to go again. Need a buddy they won"t let me in by myself!!

1-415-846-2450 It was flat! lots of fish!
WaterBoy700 - 5/05/2016 7:54 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/4/2016. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: Under 50°F/10°C.
Very good Dive!! I want to go again!! Please take me>?? !! Need a buddy to get in. Flat on top now!
Rabidwolf - 8/23/2014 6:26 PM
Rating Added: 5
Great place to dive in kelp otters and seals frequent the place
MC - 7/27/2014 9:28 PM
Rating Added: 5
Amazing place. Very sheltered, abundant life to see. Otters, seals, huge rockfish, just so much to see.
egunnison - 3/24/2014 2:09 PM
I went scuba diving here on 3/23/2014. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
Stuck to the mid-cove reef, a lot to see. Played with a cormorant at 40 fsw, a first for me. Great kelp growth, the vis was exponentially better on the reef than deeper in the cove as expected. Very easy to tell when you were too far into the cove on the return swim before surfacing. Entry and exit is a cake walk because of the ramp, very little surge on this occasion. Great dives, if you make a whole day of it bring all tanks with you so you don’t have to leave the park to refill, parking will be an issue upon return not to mention the long line of cars entering the park.
mvanpelt - 5/28/2013 5:13 PM
Rating Added: 4
Great protected cove, lots to see and a lot of kelp in the summer
Canthon - 4/01/2013 7:43 PM
Rating Added: 4
Entry’s can be challenging to new divers! And if you can arrange a boat ride its a better experience. inside the bay is ok. getting outside and around the corner is even more beautiful. All marine parks are very nice to enjoy. Probably because life within is so easy and non threatening.
ScubaSWO - 3/28/2013 11:50 AM
Rating Added: 5
Green_Achers - 2/18/2013 10:04 PM
Rating Added: 5
I went scuba diving here on 2/15/2013. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m. Water temp: 50-55°F/10-13°C.
This was the second trip this group has taken together after meeting via DB. The day was perfect and the ocean conditions were near perfect.
Green_Achers - 2/18/2013 9:53 PM
Rating Added: 5
We were here on 15/2/13 and things couldn’t have been better. No wind, 80+ degree day, 50 feet visibility, calm waters and friends. They were making a movie while we were here so they were keeping the parking lot rather empty and let us park next to the ramp. Loved the dive at the middle reef and found the dive plaque at 70 feet.
xxSubSeaxx - 10/20/2010 1:07 PM

A little pricy for a shore dive; $10 per vehicle + $10 per diver. Long surface swim, but worth it. Very nice kelp dive w/ cold water corals, anemones, etc.