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Point Lobos, Cannery Wall   |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Point Lobos State Reserve
Monterey County, south of Carmel, CA

Type: Saltwater
Intermediate, Advanced
Access: Moderate Shore Entry
Parking: Good
Amenities: Restrooms

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

Photo Gallery:

Giant Kelp Close-Up
Strawberry Anemones
Tube Dwelling Anemone
Diver at Point Lobos
White Nudibranch


Wall, 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 along the granite reef that is to your left and white sand channel to your right. It will wrap around to your left and bring you to Cannery Wall. The wall is actually 3 parallel walls no more than 20’ tall and extends for a long distance toward the pinnacles that are exposed from the water around the point. The smaller walls are located to the inside (west). Depths range from 20’-70’ deep.

See the Point Lobos website for more information.

Special Restrictions:

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.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
ChevaYEA2/17/2008Rating: 5
This is an exciting dive spot. Keep to the left next to the walls. If you veer right over a bunch of boulders then you are swimming toward the end of middle reef. Cannery Wall will take you to the pinnacles if you keep following it straight out but it is more to the left than you think.

Slobert2/17/2008Rating: 5
Wow, any of the dives in point lobos are great. The terrain is amazing. Lots of formations to explore. The surge tends to get stronger as you move out of the cove towards the Pinnicles. If you keep following the walls out, you can get to the base of the pinnicle and a depth of about 90 feet.


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