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USA: California Coast - The California Coast offers SCUBA divers cold to moderate temperatures which sustain a spectacular variety of sea life. This diving region includes dive sites and galleries in Monterey, Catalina, the Channel Islands and the California Coast.
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Monastery, North
Carmel River State Beach, Carmel, CA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry , Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

This dive site is known for its beauty and array of sea life as well as its potential for great depths. Large granite reef structures and giant kelp forests offer endless exploration opportunities to divers. The Carmel Trench comes right up to the point of the reef bringing a great variety of life to this dive location. On the beach, you will see the kelp forest in front of you and the granite cliffs to your right. This same structure extends underwater making navigation easy. About 75 yards from shore the bottom of the reef drops steeply. Divers can explore the steep cliffs and kelp forest inhabitants with the best color and life found located around 30’ – 40’.

The granite reef ends at about 160’ and turns to a very steep sloping bottom into the Carmel Trench which boasts depths in the 1,000’s of feet range!

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