This beach entry site offers an alternate dive site to Monastery Beach North. Depths range from 20 feet to 60 feet along the kelp forest.
A typical dive at this spot starts at the edge of the kelp bed on your left, which can be very dense depending on the season. The kelp and sand transition is an excellent reference point for returning to the beach after the dive. If you find yourself lost in the kelp, look for the light blue glow off of the sand to find your way back with the help of your compass.
As you progress S and SSW along the edge of the kelp towards Point Lobos, the bottom will become rockier and open into a series of small canyons and the kelp will also become more sparse and easier to penetrate.
This site is now protected from fishing and with the proximity to Point Lobos, it is not uncommon to find larger and more abundant rock fish.
Exit and entry from this site can be extremely dangerous, buddy with a person that is experienced with the site and be prepared to find an alternative dive site if conditions do not look good.
The beach falls away extremely quickly at the surf zone making a deadly trough that you can get caught in if you are not aware or the conditions are too rough. The sand is comprised of small pebbles nicknamed “Monster Berries” which fall away, instead of compressing underfoot, which can make the walk in and out of the surf that much more of a challenge. The technique for exiting in extremely bad conditions is called the “Monastery Crawl”, which you sink to the bottom with your BCD deflated before the surf zone and crawl out of the water and up the beach on all fours. Do not stop until you are out of the surf zone! There is also a more protected area of the beach to the south where it makes a cove and the waves are not so violent, but it is a longer walk on the shore to reach it.
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