Upcoming Dives

Club Dive, Saturday, November 28th, 8:00 a.m. Butterfly House, Carmel

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Butterfly House is located at the intersection of Scenic Road and Stewart Way in Carmel-by- the-Sea.There is a large expensive[…]READ MORE

After-Work Dive, Friday, November 13th, 5:00 p.m. McAbee Beach, Monterey

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McAbee Beach is located at Cannery Row in Monterey. The entry and exit for the dive is partiallyprotected by the[…]READ MORE

Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest, Saturday, October 31, 8:00 a.m. San Carlos Beach,Monterey

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The MBSO underwater pumpkin carving contest is an annual event. We will meet at San Carlosbeach at 8:30. You have[…]READ MORE

After-Work Dive, Wednesday, October 14, 6:00 p.m. Wharf II, Monterey

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Our after-work dive will be at the Municipal Wharf #2. We dive this location with the permission of the harbormaster,[…]READ MORE

Club Dive, Saturday, October 24th , 8:00 a.m. South Monastery, Carmel

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South Monastery is definitely a favorite dive site. The north side of this cove boasts a 60 degree cliff where[…]READ MORE

Members Appreciation Picnic and Dive, Saturday, September 26th, 8:00 a.m. Lovers Point Cove, Pacific Grove

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The Monterey Bay Sea Otters dive club will hold its annual Membership Appreciation BBQ andDive on Saturday, September 26th. This is a fun event for new and old divers and[…]READ MORE

Clean-Up Dive, Saturday, September 19th, 8:00 a.m. San Carlos Beach, Monterey

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In 2009, the Monterey Bay Sea Otter’s Dive Club adopted San Carlos Beach within theCalifornia Coastal Commission’s ‘Adopt a Beach’ program. We now organize quarterly beachclean-ups that are both fun[…]READ MORE

After-Work Dive, Friday, September 11th, 6:00 p.m. Otter Cove, Pacific Grove

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This is a shallow site that doesn’t see 50 ft. until a long way out where the boulders give way toa sandy bottom with rocky pinnacles and some kelp. The[…]READ MORE

All times are for mandatory check-in – divers must be geared up for the briefing 30 minutes later.

Please RSVP for dives to dive coordinator or on MBSO Facebook page!!

Club Dive, Saturday, August 29th, 8:00 a.m. Coral Street, Pacific Grove

Dive Spot At A Glance
Location: In Pacific Grove, at the intersection of Ocean View Boulevard and Coral Street
Access and Entry: Park along Ocean View Boulevard. There are stone steps to the beach, but no facilities. Kayaks may be launched here, but not larger boats.
Skill level: Intermediate or better
Depth: 10-50 feet
Visibility: Generally good, 15-30 feet
Photography: Good wide-angle in rocky canyons and good fish photography.
Hunting: Coral Street is located within the limits of the Pacific Grove Marine Gardens Fish Refuge. No invertebrate may be taken in waters to a depth of 60 feet. There are no special restrictions on fin fish. There are few fish worth spearing in Monterey Bay these days.
Hazards: Watch for strong currents, surge and surf. Conditions can change rapidly. This site is best dived at high tide to minimize crawling over slippery rocks. Very thick kelp in summer and fall.  (Ed.  Maybe not so much kelp these days…)

Coral Street is a tiny little nook in the coastline that borders a rock and gravel beach. When the south or west wind is up, the beach is free of surf, and entrees and exits are fairly easy due to a small point to the north that provides moderate protection from a westerly swell. However, the small cove is vulnerable to a northwesterly wind and swell of spring and summer.

The inshore bottom is comprised of boulders covered with palm kelp and, in a little deeper water, coralline algae. The bottom is shallow for some distance, so divers normally follow the channel running down the center of the cove to get to deeper water and to avoid crawling over the rocks at low tide.

A bit farther out the bottom consists of a saw tooth pattern of ridges and channels that run parallel to shore. Initially, the tops of the ridges are in about 10 feet of water and the bottoms in 15. As the depth increases the ridge tops come up to about 20 feet and the bottoms to 30 feet. After one swims somewhat over 200 yards the ridges fall away to a sand-and-rocky-pinnacle bottom with a maximum depth of 60 feet. There are numerous abalone and rock scallops way back in crevices. These are protected by law, so look but don’t touch.

Inshore rocks are covered with numerous species of algae. Several species of brown algae and thick carpets of red, coralline algae cover all of the rocks. Juvenile gamefish and other tiny fish are abundant among the near shore rocks and algae. This is a great area for fish watching.

Abundant invertebrate life is found in deeper water: colorful nudibranchs, sea cucumbers, and sponges. The water is clearer here than most Monterey sites and underwater photographers will enjoy capturing color on the rocky walls and canyons. This is a good spot to find monkey-faced eels back in holes, and game fish is in plain view, as well as hiding back in holes.

Hunters are better off avoiding Monterey Bay these days. There is simply too much fishing pressure from commercial and sport fishers for any fishery to last very long. Bring your camera and enjoy photographing juvenile lingcod, cabezon, and an assortment of bottom-dwelling fish, such as sculpins and greenlings. Winter is also a good time to photograph juvenile rockfish, which school among the kelp or a passing gray whale

Strong, advanced divers sometimes swim all the way out to Chase Reef. However, it’s a long swim and there is a lot of boat traffic these days. A better way to get to both Inner or Outer Chase Reef is by kayak. A kayak is an ideal way to explore sites remote to the main entry and get good views of both otters and passing whales.

RSVP if you are coming on the MBSO Facebook page or by email to info@montereybayseaotters.org, and meet at the stairs at the right side of the beach.

California Diving News – Bruce Watkins

Bruce Watkins’ A Diver’s Guide to Monterey County, California is available for purchase here:

After-Work Dive, Friday, September 11th, 6:00 p.m. Otter Cove, Pacific Grove

This is a shallow site that doesn’t see 50 ft. until a long way out where the boulders give way to a sandy bottom with rocky pinnacles and some kelp.  The pinnacles are covered in invertebrates and strawberry anemones and encrusting sponges are common.  Small lingcod and cabezons are in the crevices waiting to ambush a tasty snack, such as one of the sculpins, gobies, or juvenile rockfish swimming around.  While you are out there, look for bat rays on the sandy bottom.

The prime entry point is at the intersection of Ocean View Blvd. and Siren Street.  There is a small parking lot and stone stairs lead down to a stony beach.

This is a site that often gets overlooked and one can often see more sea life than at other, more dived sites.  (from A Diver’s Guide to Monterey County, California by Bruce Watkins)

RSVP if you are coming on the MBSO Facebook page or by email to info@montereybayseaotters.org, and meet at the staircase.

General Guidelines for After Work & Night Dives: To participate in after work dives or night dives, divers must carry a minimum of two lights, one main light and one marker light (usually
attached to the tank valve).  The dive must be terminated if a person experiences a malfunction of his/her light(s).  That is why carrying three lights is strongly recommended so that dive team can continue the dive if one diver’s light ceases to function.  For everyone’s diving pleasure, the club would like to thank all participants for adhering to these recommendations for club dives.

Clean-Up Dive, Saturday, September 19th, 8:00 a.m. San Carlos Beach, Monterey

In 2009, the Monterey Bay Sea Otter’s Dive Club adopted San Carlos Beach within the California Coastal Commission’s ‘Adopt a Beach’ program.  We now organize quarterly beach clean-ups that are both fun for divers and helpful to our environment.

It’s that time once again Sea Otters!  We will be picking up debris on the topside of San Carlos Beach as well as underwater along the Breakwater Wall.  We want our adopted beach in tip-top shape.  We will meet at 8:00 at the picnic tables that are close to the beach.  Non-diver guests are always welcome to join us because who doesn’t love a trash-free beach!

Peet’s Coffee in Monterey will graciously donate their delicious coffee for this event and there will be perfectly paired doughnuts provided by the MBSO club.  All we have to do is hope for sunshine and a calm sea, which would make this a perfect dive day.

Diving Against Debris: For A Cleaner, Healthier Ocean Planet ...Please bring a knife to cut fishing line and a goodie-bag to put your trashy collections in.  If you don’t have a goodie-bag, the club has some that we will happily loan out. 

We hope that you will join us in cleaning our beautiful adopted beach.

All times are for mandatory check-in -divers must be geared up for the briefing 30 minutes later.

Please RSVP for dives to dive coordinator or on MBSO Facebook page!!  RSVP if you are coming on the MBSO Facebook page or by email to info@montereybayseaotters.org, and meet at the stairs at the picnic tables above the beach.

Thanks to Melanie for taking over this important club function, and many kudos to outgoing Coordinator, Tara, for her years of commitment!

Members Appreciation Picnic and Dive, Saturday, September 26th, 8:00 a.m. Lovers Point Cove, Pacific Grove

The Monterey Bay Sea Otters dive club will hold its annual Membership Appreciation BBQ and
Dive on Saturday, September 26th. This is a fun event for new and old divers and their families to come together and enjoy both the topside and underwater environments at Lovers Point.

Due to COVID restrictions, this year’s event will be a dive, followed by a BYOB picnic.  We will practice appropriate social distancing and will not be providing, or sharing, food or drinks.  Although the pandemic is changing our plans, we hope to be able to gather on a more limited basis and enjoy a nice dive and some nice company in a safe outdoors setting.

RSVP if you are coming on the MBSO Facebook page or by email to info@montereybayseaotters.org, and meet at the swan boat near the upper parking lot.