Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Locals' Ledge and Strawberry Peak

 
-> Locals' Ledge, 83ft, 56min, 30-40ft viz, 51F
Clear day but the wind forecast threatened something fierce later in the morning so we hauled down to Carmel for the first dive - we were geared up and ready to drop right as the anchor did. Amazing site with tons of hydrocoral and a lot of life on the structures. A wolf eel towards the end of the dive made me lose my bearings and resulted in us surfacing a healthy swim away from the boat.
-> Strawberry Peak, 69ft, 27min, 15-20ft viz, 52F
Fast and furious back up towards the bay and we decided to hazard a second dive south of Pt Pinos. This site has a bunch of channels between structures but the viz was crappy and my ears weren't cooperating so I called it early. Small Craft Advisory threatened but never materialized.

 - U

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Needle and Eric's Pinnacle

-> The Needle, 84ft, 50min, 20-30ft viz, 52F
Fair bit of fog as we motored towards Carmel in the hope of getting a dive in there before the wind picked up. The water inside the harbor and inner Monterey Bay was a gag-inducing dark brown due to an algae bloom.
Little bit of chop on the surface when we got to the site. Managed to cock up my hoses as I got in. Trying to switch to the stage, clip off my long hose and clear my mask at the same time doesn't work as well as you'd think.
 -> Eric's Pinnacle, 55ft, 63min, 50-60ft viz, 51F
Lake-like conditions on the surface and spectacular viz below. Clear blue water let us hop among the various structures around the main pinnacle.

With D'Or and DaHouse

 - U




Saturday, August 24, 2019

Three Sisters

Ocean was super flat with practically no wind but the outgoing tide meant conditions inside the cove were less than ideal. It was hazy and full of particulate all the way to Lone Metridium but it opened up once we got out to the Sisters and dropped below 100ft. At that point, the viz opened up to ~40ft but it was still a little greenish. There were a bunch of large canary and vermillion rockfish which didn't budge as we swam by them - they looked like they may have been guarding their nests (??). While scootering back to the Worm Patch, we hit night dive conditions under the kelp as the sun went in and out of the clouds.

With D'Or

-> 121ft, 72min, 30-40ft viz, 52F

 - U

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Beto's Reef

 With D'Or

-> 125ft, 70min, 15-20ft viz, 51F

 - U

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Three Sisters

Overcast and misty in the morning but that only made gearing up in our drysuits that much more comfortable. Got interviewed for a Taiwanese TV show. No biggie.
Followed the rock contour heading NW from Lone Metridium until we hit 100ft and then we could see the 2nd and 3rd Sisters. Similar to Beto's Reef, these are densely covered in sponges, hydrocorals and gorgonians with a lot of fish hiding in the various nooks and crannies.

With D'Or

-> 122ft, 64min, 30-40ft viz, 50F

 - U

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Needle and Eric's Pinnacle

With D'Or and AlwysL

 - U