Ben Burnsed, Jr.'s Dive Log
Breakwater Cove on 8/18/2002
This was an excellent "first-time" snorkeling experience, lots of plant life, starfish, a few crabs and fish as well. I did not scuba but saw 3 other people scuba diving...a lot of kelp growing about 30-50 ft off shore, which I did not explore due to its thickness but seemed good for scuba. The water was slightly less clear than Monterey State Beach but the abundance of underwater life made it worthwhile.
Monterey State Beach on 8/18/2002
This was my first time snorkeling (I did not scuba), great place to get used to the equipment and the extremely cold water! However there was little sea life around, possibly due to the number of people up and down the beach. I found a few sand dollars and crabs (at least I think they were crabs!) but the only plant life was stuff that had broken off at sea and was being dragged by the current. Also saw a scuba class of about 3-4 people out there as well. Good place to swim though...see my review of Breakwater Cove for a nearby and more fulfilling snorkel dive.