CORAL STREET COVE
(BEACH AND BOAT OR KAYAK DIVES)
(SKILL LEVEL: NOVICE TO ADVANCED)
Coral Street Cove is found at the intersection of Coral Street and Ocean View Blvd. in Pacific Grove. It is approximately ¾ miles south of Lovers Point. This is a very popular entry point as it is the closest beach access to Chase Reef, which is about 300 yards offshore.
Coral Street Cove offers a very protected cove and easy access. Simply park your vehicle at the parking lot adjacent to the cove and walk across the rocks to the water. The bottom in this area is mostly large granite boulders, which have a lot of growth on them. This area occasionally gets hit with large surf so check the conditions before you decide to dive.
The depths within the cove range from 20 feet or so to as deep as 50 feet just outside the cove.
This area is adjacent to Otter Cove, and the bottom terrain is very similar but there seems to be more rock in this area than in Otter Cove. Because of the close proximity to Chase Reef, this area has large lingcod and cabezon, and also an abundance of rockfish. While diving in this area be wary of fisherman and their fishing lines.
Although it is possible to do a beach access and swim out to Chase Reef from this area, I wouldn't recommend it. The longshore current can get pretty stiff once you get out past the point. As with all California dives, be sure to check your tide tables before you dive.
This is a great little area to launch a small boat or kayak. Actually the entire area is a great place to dive and with a kayak or inflatable you have many options open to you. If you were to go South around Point Pinos you would be in an open ocean environment with striking differences in terrain and life as compared to Monterey Bay.
The decision to dive (or not) is your responsibility. Keep diving activities within your training and comfort level. If you feel more training or experience is needed before attempting a dive, don't dive. Know personal limits, skill levels, and abilities of yourself and your dive buddy. Dive Safely and Dive Often!
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, contact me
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