We had no RSVP’s, so we are going to cancel our planned club dive for tonight at McAbee Beach. That said, if you’d like to contact each other, and arrange a dive on your own, feel free to do so and, please, don’t forget about our planned pumpkin club dive on October 29th at Breakwater!
McAbee Beach is located at Cannery Row in Monterey. The entry and exit for
the dive is partially protected by the surrounding points and is mostly sand
which makes entry and exit easier. The biggest problem is to find a parking
spot nearby at Cannery Row. Don’t forget to to feed the parking meters at the street.
It is a shallow dive site, but you only need to do a short surface swim and you are in 20 feet of water and can safely descend for your dive. The recommended dive is to head in a northeastern direction until you
are into the kelp at about 35 feet of water, then turn to the left, almost heading in a northwestern direction staying at about 30-35 feet of water.
Take your time diving here.
Look between and around the rocks. Look into the cracks in the rocks. The rocks are
covered with colored invertebrates, nudibranchs, sponges, anemones, and tunicates.
You will also find pipes from the old canneries. Don’t forget to look inside, because a lot
of times it is somebody’s home nowadays. We will meet at 6:00pm at the dive site,
which is where Hoffman Ave. hits Cannery Row.
Location: McAbee Beach is located on Cannery Row between Hoffman and Prescott Streets in the City of Monterey.
Parking: Moderate walk to a sandy beach from parking lot diagonally across the street from the El Torito Restaurant, or in the parking garage two blocks away on the corner of Hoffman and Wave Streets.
Experience Level: All
Depth: 10 to 40’
Visibility: 10 to 30’
Entry: Enter off the sand beach. This is one of the most protected entries in Monterey.
Amenities: None at the entry. The nearest public toilets are located in the parking structure on Wave Street. Kayaks may be launched here, but not boats. Restaurants, hotels and shops surround the beach.
Photography: Great macro photography.
Hunting: None for divers. McAbee Beach is within Ed Ricketts State Marine
Conservation Area, only finfish may be taken with hook and line, no spearfishing is permitted.
Moon rise: 8:52 PM, and was full 3 days before. Will be a cool sight!
Tides for 12 Oct: High tide 12:12 PM 5.6 ft; Low tide 7:22 PM 0.2 ft
General Guidelines for After Work & Night Dives: To participate in after work dives or night must carry a minimum of two lights, one main light and one marker light (usually attached to valve). The dive must be terminated if a person experiences a malfunction of his/her light(s). Carrying three lights is strongly recommended so that dive team can continue the dive if one ceases to function.
For everyone’s diving pleasure, the club would like to thank all participants for RSVP by email to