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Monterey SCUBA Diving

Monterey Surfing

What makes Monterey an ideal SCUBA diving destination? Protected environment with an abundant amount of marine life and great underwater clarity so you can see them!

Monterey's rocky bottom and coastline may make it hazardous for surfing, but it is wonderful for underwater visibility.  Unlike Santa Cruz, it doesn't have as much of sandy bottom to churn up.

Always play it safe.  Most of the area's SCUBA diving locations can be very dangerous and should only be explored by advanced divers.  If you are unfamiliar with a particular dive spot, be sure to visit a local dive shop to find out about dive locations and conditions that will match your skill level. 

Click here for locations in Half Moon Bay (85 miles north) and Santa Cruz (40 miles north)

Monterey SCUBA Dive Locations

Del MonteDel Monte Beach   –  Monterey

Located north of Fisherman's Wharf, this is one of the safest areas for the beginning surfers.  Gentle rolling waves are usually found here year-round.

This is also a great beginning to intermediate SCUBA dive area.

Lover's Point  –  Pacific Grove

Ocean View Blvd. and 17th St., Pacific Grove, CA

The 4.4 acre community park is great for picnicking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, surfing and of course SCUBA diving.  It is a well protected area, so it's a good dive area for beginning to advanced divers.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve  –  Carmel

62 Highway 1, Carmel, CA     (831) 624-4909‎

Because of its beauty, abundant marine life, and incredible underwater visibility, this is considered to be the best SCUBA diving in California .  Often referred to as Whalers Cove or Bluefish Cove, it is a protected reserve so access is limited.  Reservations are highly recommended.

Monterey State Beach

Del Monte Avenue at Park Avenue Monterey, CA      (831) 649-2836

The beach is a favorite place for surfers and for tide pooling. Fishing is popular, too. The cities of Monterey and Seaside share the park, which has three separate beaches approximately a mile apart.

San Carlos Beach  –  Monterey

Cannery Row at Reeside Ave., Monterey, CA

Due to its proximity to Cannery Row, this popular dive spot can get very crowded with beachgoers. 

McAbee Beach  –  Monterey

Cannery Row at Hoffman Ave., Monterey, CA

Less crowded that San Carlos Beach, this is a good dive for all skill levels. You can enter by beach or boat. 

Monastery Beach  –  Carmel

Part of the Carmel River State Park, Monastery Beach, also known as San Jose Creek Beach, is popular with advanced level SCUBA divers.  Swimming and wading are extremely dangerous.

Additional SCUBA Links:

||  Aquarius Dive Shop

    2040 Del Monte Ave., Monterey, CA      (831)375-1933

||  Glenn's Aquarius II Dive Shop

    32 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA      (831) 375-6605

||  Monterey Bay Diving

    625 California Ave Unit C, Sand City, CA 93955   (831) 642-9966






What’s on Tap


Monterey Festivals & Events:

Pacific Grove Butterfly Days – Oct. 6, 7 & 8 2017

Parade, bazaar, special events at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 8, 2017

Capitola Wharf, Capitola, CA

Monterey Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2017

Whale Watching – Dec. through May


For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Monterey.



Top Attractions:

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Aquarium is your window to marine life in the Monterey Bay!

Cannery Row

Historic Cannery Row is great destination for hotels, shopping, dining, and, oh, yes, the Aquarium!

Monterey Fishing

Fall is fishing and crabbing season!

Kayaking and SCUBA Diving

The rocky bottom around Monterey make it perfect for ocean adventures!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May


Pebble Beach…need I say more.


For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.




Monterey’s Summer Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially on Highway 1 between Seaside and Monterey. Also, 68 between Highway 1 and 101 can be extremely slow. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.

Carmel Valley and Big Sur have major wildfires. Authorities expect them to burn through the end of August! Google for the latest news.