While night diving for some divers may seem unappealing I find diving at night to be some of the most spectacular diving there is. The tempo of the ocean changes at night, while some fish and creatures that are very active during the day recede to safe places to rest others that are seldom seen come out to feed. This particular night dive was at a local spot in Monterey known as Breakwater. For this particular video I am still using my GoPro Hero 4 silver but I do have some upgrades that make it possible to increase the quality. I have added a flip filter frame with 2 macro filters to make up for the GoPro’s poor close up shots and a light motion sidekick 600 lumen flood light. With these tools I am able to get some of the best night footage I have been able to get so far.
Point Lobos is one of the most coveted dive locations in Central California. Formerly an area used for whaling and harvesting Abalone it is now one of the best maintained reserves in California. The access for divers is limited to two main areas Bluefish Cove and Whalers Cove, the rest of Point Lobos is off limits for divers. Besides the limited sites Point lobos is also limited in number of divers per day. Current regulations limit 15 buddy teams per day, with a buddy team being considered 2 divers (They will make an exception for a group of 3 occasionally). With the limited number of divers per day weekends require reservations usually a month in advance, while most weekdays it is possible to drop in without a reservation. It Is usually a good idea to check the Point Lobos website to see if there are still available spots regardless of when you are trying to dive there.
The topography of Point Lobos is amazing lots of rock structure, and the classic California Kelp forrest. The two diving areas each have their own charm, Bluefish Cove has very exaggerated rock formations with canyons and pinnacles all over with access to the deeper water for those who like to like to feel the nitrogen. Whalers is generally a little shallower still with the canyons and pinnacles but not as large. Bluefish Cove is a little more difficult to access without a boat, kayak or DPV. Most divers diving off the shore stay within Whalers Cove because thats where the water access is. Both of these sites perfectly embody what California Diving is all about and for anyone that is interested in cold water diving Point lobos should be at the top of your list.