Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest
Point Lobos State Reserve boasts the most spectacular California shore dives. Its protected status and limited access have allowed the marine life to flourish among the most beautiful natural surrounding such as walls, giant kelp forests, and granite reefs.
Enter the water at the boat launch in Whaler’s Cove and swim parallel to the parking lot past the first small point with some rocks that are exposed above the surface. Descend and swim North East across the sandy channel until you encounter the thick kelp and granite reef that extends parallel to the northeast cliffs of the cove. This is a shallow dive with playful harbor seals, large schools of blue rock fish and an abundance of large granite structures covered in invertebrates and fish life to explore. The structure gets larger and deeper the farther north you swim.
See the Point Lobos website for more information.
Access restricted 15 Dive teams daily (2 divers to a team). You must reserve in advance, especially on weekends if you hope to get a spot for the day. Please visit the Point Lobos website to make your reservations.
There is a launch in Whaler’s cove for kayaks and inflatables. There are restrooms and beautiful walking trails for non-diving activities. This is a marine sanctuary so no fishing or removal of shells or sea life is permitted. STRICTLY ENFORCED!
How to get there:
The park entrance is located on Big Sur Coast Highway Route 1 about 4 miles south of the Hwy 68 intersection. You will be given a map and instructions to guide you to Whaler’s Cove where divers enter the water via the small boat launch.
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