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Mono Lobo Wall  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Carmel River State Beach
Carmel, CA

Type: Saltwater

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Giant Kelp


Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest


Mono Lobo is a wall dive named for itís location between Monastery and the Point Lobos State Preserve. It is a beautiful boat dive on calm days and has been obtained by a few ambitious shore divers out of South Monastery. The vertical granite walls begin just off the point at the edge of the kelp bed in about 30í and drop to over 100í deep. It is a popular hang out for giant sun fish, bat rays, harbor seals and other large marine life. It is also one of the few places to find pink and lavender hydrocorals in less than 50í.

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CAUTION: This site is exposed to a north western swell and can be dangerous in high seas. The wall is not a good place to anchor during heavy swell because of rocks both above and below the waterís surface. Although it is obtainable as a shore dive from South Monastery, it would be an incredibly long and difficult swim and thus not advisable. Plus, there is plenty to see in Monastery itself.

How to get there:

Mono Lobo can be located midway between the point to the north of Whalerís Cove in Point Lobos and the point south of Carmel River State Beach, aka, South Monastery. The walls are just off the point outside the kelp beds.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
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