(BEACH AND KAYAK DIVES)
(SKILL LEVEL: NOVICE TO ADVANCED)
To get to McAbee Beach take Hwy. 101 to the Monterey Peninsula exit and on to highway 1 and past Fort Ord. Take the Del Monte / Pacific Grove Exit. You will now be on Del Monte Avenue. Stay on Del Monte Avenue for approximately 1 mile. After you pass McDonalds on your left you will come to a large controlled intersection called Washington. Take a half right at this intersection and go down into the tunnel and immediately get into the right hand lane and stay there. When you exit the tunnel veer to the right and you will automatically be on Foam Street. Turn right at the second signal light and then left on Cannery Row. Keep veering right until you see the large radio tower (it is a landmark, at least 200 feet tall). When you get to Hoffman Street you have arrived.
This is an excellent spot to tune up for that special vacation, or to just enjoy the day. It is normally very calm with a gently sloping bottom. It gets to about 30' - 40' at the kelp bed marked by a buoy. There is generally nothing but sand until you get about 1/4 mile off the beach, then the rocks begin, and the critters start to appear. The bottom terrain and critters are very similar to what you would find at the Breakwater.
The parking for this beach is not convenient for most. You have to unload your gear and then drive up Hoffman Street for a block to park in a Municipal Garage. Here is an insiders tip: If you get there early in the morning and do your dives, and then have lunch at the Mexican restaurant "El Torito", they normally will let you park your car there in the morning. I would recommend making reservations and leaving a note in your windshield notifying them that you have reservations for lunch.
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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