My goal is to dive in as many places as I can when I travel, but it’s not always affordable to go somewhere tropical from Seattle. When I decided to do a road trip to Big Sur and the Monterey area in California, I found out that Monterey Bay has some of the best diving on the West Coast. I loved diving in Monterey Bay and seeing what was below the water!
Just a note – this was my first attempt using my GoPro underwater, so don’t let the less than stellar quality of some of the pictures and videos trick you into thinking this isn’t a beautiful area! If anything, it’s inspired me to sign up for an Underwater Diving Photography course sooner.
I went with Breakwater Scuba, who are only minutes from the beach for the shore dives. My Divemaster walked me down to the beach to talk about the conditions of the water and where we would be going. After that, I got suited up and was on my way.
I’ve done cold water diving in Seattle before, so I wasn’t too scared to dive here in the colder water. The current was stronger than I was used to, so it took a little adjusting to not keep floating away. I also had trouble maintaining my buoyancy, but luckily my Divemaster was beyond patient and helped me adjust so I could see everything he was pointing out.
You’d have no idea by looking at the water from above, but the underwater world of Monterey Bay is beautiful! We dove between the kelp forests, which started from the bottom of the seafloor and towered up to the top as light reflected down through the water.
Small jellyfish floated through the water by the dozens, but I didn’t have as much fear of them as I thought I would. We were in semi-dry wetsuits, so everything besides our face was covered. You could gently push them to the side with your gloves if they got too close to your face.
The bottom of the seafloor had plenty of interesting creatures to look at too. My Divemaster poked what appeared to be a rock, only to have it start scurrying across the floor! It turns out these were a different type of crab which I had never seen before.
I used to get anxious about diving, but each time I go I feel more and more confident. I always find it fascinating that you can look at the water from above and have no idea how much sea life is hanging out below! I’m so glad I took time during my road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway to explore what’s under the water!
This post was sponsored by See Monterey and Breakwater Scuba, but all opinions are my own.
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