Scuba Diving Point Lobos State Reserve -- California June 19, 2013
Mid-week diving at Point Lobos with only 8 other divers. The visibility was up to 30 in some areas. Water temps were normal 54 degrees. Getting in some bottom-time in Northern California
The kelp was in full bloom and the sun was shinning. Here we are at about 30 feet.
Taken with my GoPro -- Subdued natural light shining down on the 40 foot-high kelp forests while floating around with the vibrant colored marine life.
It's very peaceful diving in the kelp forest. Achieving neutral buoyancy is one of my favorite feelings in the world. A physical body's density is equal to the density of the fluid in which it is immersed...weightless!
Playing in kelp and enjoying the ocean surge. The very mellow surge makes the kelp dance underwater. I could watch it for hours if I could only stay warm!
I tried to color correct this photo of an anemone in Point Lobos. It was too dark at 40 feet and we were covered by the canopy of the kelp. This area has a rich marine habitat and it's animals and plants are fully protected by state law from any disturbance, so no fishing or ab diving ever.
There is a boat ramp in the parking area of Whalers Cove for easy access to the water. Walk in with all gear on and fins in hand. Once in the water, put your fins on and kick out to where you will drop down. Here is a list of all the diving areas in the Point Lobos park.
You NEED reservation to dive in this area. Click here to find out how.
There is a fee per car and per diver. You must have a dive cert card for each diver.
If you want better quality photos, you should bring a torch or underwater flash.
Kelp blowing in the surge at Whalers Middle Reef
My favorite way to view the kelp is to turn over on my back and just look up. It's magical
A great way to maneuver the kelp forest is on a scuba scooter.
Selfie at 40 feet
Kelp is a large seaweed that grows in shallow saltwater with temperatures between 43 and 57 degrees.
Whalers Cove parking area at Point Lobos State Reserve
While off gassing during surface time, take a mellow hike up to the top of the ridge and take in the views. Point Lobos is breathtaking.
After diving, use the free water hose to clean off gear and wash off.
A good day, clean gear and now time for dinner!
I own all my own gear, but if you need to rent everything check out Bamboo Reef
Happy Summer Diving!