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Dive Review of Aquarius 2/my parents house in
The Continental USA/Monterey/Point Lobos

Aquarius 2/my parents house, Dec, 2005,

by Arik Olson, NY, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 2577.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Cozumel, Bora Bora
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas surge
Water Temp 50 to 55 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 5 to 10 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions I don't have much cold water experience so I had hired a guide(through the dive shop), I asked him not to go too deep. We went to about 70 feet first dive, both dives we stayed down over 45 minutes till my air ran out.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments So I went home to see my parents for Christmas and wanted to dive. The diving is good in Northern California in December, I guess the water temp doesn't really change much, it's allways cold. I made a reservation to dive in Point Lobos state Park (cost $10 for two people) via the state parkwebsite and booked a guide and rental equipment through Aquarius 2 dive shop.

The guide was great, real mellow and perceptive as to my goals (a nice safe low stress long dive) and needs (help with kelp). The equipment was in good condition. We did two dives at Whalers cove and I was very impressed with what I saw. Despite a good deal of surge I saw a lot of sponges, corals, rock formations, many nudibranchs, and many more fish than dives I had made the year before in Monterey bay. Point Lobos has been protected for many years (from fishing) and it shows in the fish population.

I definately reccomend spending the $10 to make a reservation ahead to dive Point Lobos as the life there is abundant. Don't worry about diving the same site twice, Whalers cove is large and has several different dives available. Bring a beach mat in the car for equipment set up as the parking lot is sandy.
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