40 Steps

40 Steps

Massachusetts, USA East
map
Entry Map
directions
Directions
photos
Photos
Difficulty
Unrated
Viz (last reported 105341h ago)
Max Depth
Unknown

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at 40 Steps

This is fine cove for casual diving. Easy entry and mostly sheltered from the sea. Coming from Boston, take 1A North. It will become North Shore Road, and then Lynnway. Continue to stay on Lynnway, wrapping around the coast, bearing right onto Nahant Road. From that intersection, the site will be on your left in 3.25 miles.
Access
shore
Nearby Shops
Tide Report
DiVE KS
DiVE KS
88 Wharf Street
Salem, Massachusetts 01970
Check Availability
Boston Scuba Inc
Boston Scuba Inc
256 Marginal Street
East Boston, Massachusetts 02128
Check Availability
Undersea Divers, Inc.
Undersea Divers, Inc.
67 High Street
Unit 11
Danvers, Massachusetts 01923
Check Availability
Mass Diving
Mass Diving
247 West Central Street
Natick, Massachusetts 01760
Check Availability
Discover Diving
Discover Diving
17 Main Street
Atkinson, New Hampshire 03811
Check Availability
Diver's Market, Inc.
Diver's Market, Inc.
319 Court Street, Route 3a
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360-4336
Check Availability
Diver's Den Dive Shop
Diver's Den Dive Shop
97 Layfayette Suite #9
Hampton Falls, New Hampshire 03844
Check Availability
Aquatic Escapes Dive Center, LLC
Aquatic Escapes Dive Center, LLC
2 Mercury Drive
Londonderry, New Hampshire 03053
Check Availability
Dive On It Scuba
Dive On It Scuba
1000 Mendon Road
Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864
Check Availability
Descent Divers
Descent Divers
6 Main Street
Leominster, Massachusetts 01453
Check Availability
5
4
3
2
1
5.0
(4)
Zentacle
Zentacle
Sep 21, 2021, 1:01 AM
scuba
Looking down the stairs, you get an idea of the type of diving to expect. An easy entry for all levels. A view off to the right toward the Northeastern University Marine Station.
Chadd Deitz
Chadd Deitz
Sep 23, 2010, 12:00 AM
scuba
Good snorkeling spot. Easy to get to and enter the water. I went alone. I saw lots of small fish, star fish and plants/seaweed. I went more out and I saw a small sting ray and one lobster and a 2 good sized crabs. I think I'll be able to see more next time now that I know where to look. I did park my car without a permit and went scuba diving for an hour. I didn't get towed, but there are signs, and there's a lot for about 8 or 9 cars (unless you have a access to the university lot).
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Chris Wachtel
Chris Wachtel
Jul 18, 2009, 12:00 AM
scuba
I dove 40 Steps with my buddy Mack. We knew there was no parking near the site, so we unloaded my truck at the top of the steps. While I dropped the truck off at the Nahant/Lynn Beach ($3 Parking, 2 miles away), Mack lugged the gear down to the dive site. I brought a bike and road back to 40 Steps and locked it up there. We took two dives, left and right of the cove. The right side has a good deal of animal life (lobster, crabs, hermit crabs, flounder, schools of small fish, star fish).The left side has less animal life but has channels of reefs with plant life to swim through. I would recommend keeping right if you're only taking one dive. The maximum depth in the cove is 30 ft. I have been told it becomes deeper as you exit the cove but there was a strong current outside the cove. Locals were friendly and interested to hear about the dive. Remember to respect their beach, as they keep it very clean. Hope this helps.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Jake Jurczak
Jake Jurczak
Jul 17, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
I spent many a summers day diving {swan} from the running rock, which can reach a height of 40 feet at low tide. This is a great dive for all levels. I learned to snorkel here in the 70's and eventually sharpened my scuba skills in the relatively shallow inlet. OK, now let's get to the gear haul. I park at the top of the steps and carry my EQ down to the beach. If you don't know any locals, I recommend you park at the public lot near Lynn Beach and take your mountain bike back to the dive site. DO NOT park at the library because they will nail ya. There's plenty of fun things to see on this dive. I've caught many lobsters at this spot and seen a variety of marine life. Enjoy your dive and have a fun safe time, I hope to see you there.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Other Locations Nearby