North Crescent Bay

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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at North Crescent Bay

Laguana Beach, Dead Man's reef. I did a day dive there for the first time on the 4th.. It was Awesome! It was a nite dive.. My first, and let me tell u it was freaky! NO moon, no stars and fog! It was last week at 8pm.. The surf was nothing, small swells no biggie, but the surge was a pain. Back and forth back and forth.. Lol We had a 54 minute dive.(alum.100). Caught 1 legal Lobster- Had a blast, glad I did it.. Scared and all!! Vis was around 25 feet Which is great for there..temp 64----not bad at all..A long swim to the reef but well worth it. Night life was amazing!
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Len Wittrock
Len Wittrock
Dec 21, 2006, 12:00 AM
Crescent Bay or Dead Man's Reef as it's better known as, is a great reef to dive day or night. I have been diving this reef for many years and I never tire of it. It has a great deal to offer to those who are willing to make the swim to get to the reef, as it is a long ways off the beach. One memorable dive I can recall back in 2003 was in about 60ft of water on the south side of the reef. A Mola-Mola or Sun fish came by to say hello. This Sun Fish was approx. 5ft in diameter! There were about 15 divers in the water that day as conditions were exceptional for this location. Vis was about 35ft and temp was around 68 degrees. The entry through the surf at this beach is pretty easy, however, if the surf is up be sure to time the sets well and be quick to put your fins on. I do not recommend putting your fins on and walking in backwards or placing your fins on your hands to paddle out. These methods are not very effective and can be detrimental at this location. Seal Rock is also part of the larger reef and is closer to shore. There are several Sea lions at any given time on the rock and they are not shy, which makes for some great fun in the water around this part of the reef.
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