POINT LOBOS STATE RESERVE
(BEACH AND BOAT OR KAYAK DIVES)
(SKILL LEVEL: NOVICE TO ADVANCED)
Point Lobos Reserve is about 4 miles South of Carmel on Highway 1. The entrance to the reserve comes up rather quickly, so use Monastery Beach as your reference point and keep your eyes peeled for the break in the trees on your right. There are two main areas of Pt. Lobos, Whaler's Cove and Bluefish Cove. The more advanced diving and deeper area would be Bluefish Cove. There are brochures and maps available at the ranger gate to guide you to the dive spots. This is a very popular dive destination and the State Park limits the amount of divers to a maximum of 15 teams of no more than 2 divers each.
Pt. Lobos is very popular for both beach and boat diving. There is a very nice boat ramp at the access point, which is also used for an extremely easy beach entry. The walk from your car to the waters edge must be a whopping 15 feet or so - it doesn't get any easier than this folks.
The area has an abundance of kelp and sea life. It is not unusual to see seals and dolphins within the reserve. There are a number of different dives within Whaler's Cove easily done as beach dives. For dives to Bluefish Cove a boat or kayak is recommended. It is possible to swim to Bluefish Cove and back, but it is a long one and occasionally the ocean currents don't cooperate as they should.
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