Monterey Bay Scuba Diving Information and Scuba Certification dives since 1991.

Pic on Left is parking lot at Del Monte Beach - Pic on right is Del Monte Beach

DEL MONTE BEACH
(BEACH AND BOAT OR KAYAK DIVES)
(SKILL LEVEL: NOVICE TO ADVANCED)


Del Monte Beach is a sandy beach with a gradually sloping bottom. The depths in close are up to 40 feet or so, but if you go out about ¼ mile, the bottom drops down to about 80 feet, and the sand gradually gives way to a fairly well defined reef system. This beach is very protected and a good place to do a tune up dive. If you want to bang some flatties (spear halibut) this is the beach for you. I usually tow my kayak with the bow line tied to my spear gun and just cruise looking for the big ones.

To get to Del Monte Beach take the Pacific Grove / Del Monte Avenue turnoff and follow Del Monte Avenue until you get to the public parking lot adjacent to Monterey Bay Kayaks (almost directly across from McDonalds restaurant). This is a great spot for beach diving or small boat/kayak launch.

If you want to try your hand at kayaking or diving off a kayak, MBK is a perfect place for kayak rental. The prices are reasonable and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The phone number of MBK is 1-831-373-5357. First time kayak divers should take a course in "Kayak Diving".

The visibility at this beach can be marginal, but as you get further out it seems to clear up quite a bit. There is a sunken sailboat just off the beach about 100 yards or so to the right of Monterey Bay Kayaks (MBK)

The three main dive shops in the area are the Aquarius, Aquarius 2, and the Bamboo Reef. To check on ocean conditions in Monterey Bay you can call the Aquarius Dive Shop ocean conditions recording - the phone number is1-831-657-1020. You may also call any of these dive shops and they should know what ocean conditions are that day. The NOAA wave and weather buoys can be accessed through a number of websites. Click on WORLDWIDE WAVE & WEATHER CONDITIONS - National Data Buoy Center to go directly to the National Weather Service link to the NOAA worldwide system of ocean buoys.

The decision to dive (or not) is your responsibility. Keep diving activities within your training and comfort level. If you feel more training or experience is needed before attempting a dive, don't dive. Know personal limits, skill levels, and abilities of yourself and your dive buddy. Dive Safely and Dive Often!

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, contact me

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