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Breakwater Beach  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Breakwater Cove
Breakwater Beach
Monterey, California

Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Parking: Good
Amenities: Restrooms, Showers

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 2
Enjoyment: 4
Visibility: 1
Current: 4
Aquatic Life: 3

Photo Gallery:

Monkey-Face Eel
Swell Shark
Rainbow Perch
Juvenile Monkey-Face Eel
Juvenile Blue Rockfish
Giant Kelpfish
Catalina Conger
Harbor Seal
Carpenter's Turrid Snail
Sea Pen


Structures, Pipeline, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest


There are several dives at this site. The jetty on the right has a variety of life including octopus and crab. The left side of the beach has a pipeline extending from the old foundations of a small building on the shore. If you follow the pipeline to the end and tour to the north there are fields of Metridium anemones on small boulders. Sea life is plentiful including Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, Sea Lions and a huge variety of other life commonly found in Monterey Bay.

Special Restrictions:

Breakwater Beach is where many of the local dive shops certify students. It can be a busy site on the weekend. I have seen hundreds of divers on the lawn preparing to dive in the spring. This can be a great place to find lost gear on a Monday morning. Thick kelp beds and boat traffic are some things to consider at this site.

How to get there:

Parking is metered and strictly enforced. Two dive shops are within walking distance. The Beach is at the intersection of Cannery Row and Foam streets.

Thanks to Chris for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
ChevaYEA2/15/2008Rating: 3
Easy access and simple navigation make this a fun dive site. Good for night diving!

SwimmerTodd2/15/2008Rating: 4
If you follow the pipeline out until it end and take a left, you will run right into the matridium fields. What a beautiful sight - small rock structures and boulders covered in white. We had a harbor seal yearling playing with us throughout the dive. Good times!


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