Posted by seahunt on February 07, 2004 at 12:30:23:
In Reply to: Spring Break posted by Dylan Nicholas on February 07, 2004 at 11:30:58:
Goody. I finally get to test my generic visitor info sheet.
Oh, I suggest you stick with Monterey at that time of year.
The diving areas just go on mile after mile
If you're going to be in Northern California, San Francisco Bay area or Monterey, there is excellent diving available.
The water is colder which makes for lush beautiful diving, but it also makes it a bit more challenging. If you are just
visiting and like to try some diving, your best bet is almost certainly to go to Monterey. It is a very popular dive
location was excellent shore diving and charter boats available. It is about a 2 hour drive from San Francisco, but well
Water temperatures usually vary between about 50 degrees and 65 degrees. This means that you should have a
very good wet suit or perhaps a dry suit.
Also, if you're visiting, be aware that the top side beauty is incredible and there is a fantastic amount to do in both
Monterey and the San Francisco Bay area.
I'll mention three good boats that go out of Monterey, the Monterey Express, the Escapade, and the Cypress Sea.
Here are some other useful links in the area.
Nice Monterey Reef shot By Eric
Now Monterey is probably your best destination if you're visiting the Bay Area and you'd like to get into the diving. Still, there is a great deal more diving to be done in that area. It just takes a little bit more devotion, but it might just be worth it.
You could take a charter boat out to the Farallon Islands and try to get some photos of great white shark. Besides the diving is beautiful there.
You could also visit the fantastic diving of the North Coast. There's not much in the way of charter boats, but there are plenty of dive resources. I highly recommend it if you are a good diver. Also, this is the only place you can go diving for abalone. There are many reports about North Coast diving on the main page of this site. There are some good pictures of it too.
You may have wondered about the diving near San Francisco itself. Well, perhaps it would best be called challenging. There is probably 70 miles of diveable shoreline along the ocean side of the San Francisco Peninsula between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. The scenery along that drive is absolutely gorgeous. The diving is probably some of the most difficult in the world. It is rough, cold, sharky and visibility is no more than six feet on a good day. I love it. It used to be good for abalone diving, but now there is no legal abalone diving south of San Francisco. For the first hundred miles north of San Francisco the diving is similar to the diving south and probably should be left to the locals. Beyond that if the beautiful diving of the North Coast.
Enjoy the diving, seahunt
For more info about California Diving than you could possibly want to know, try seahunt Diving and Morality
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