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fishome25
01-03-2010, 07:02 PM
I really like beach diving, you get to be on your own schedule and fast as slow or fast as you want. But other than Bonaire, where can I dive on my own right at the resort? Any pacific destinations?

acelockco
01-03-2010, 10:30 PM
I really like beach diving, you get to be on your own schedule and fast as slow or fast as you want. But other than Bonaire, where can I dive on my own right at the resort? Any pacific destinations?

I also am a HUGE fan of shore diving. I like it for the reasons you stated, but also because of a few other big reasons. The cost is one of the main things. I can't afford to pay for a dive boat trip as often as I like to dive. It is nice when I go to Florida that I can do a boat trip one day and do shore dives for the other few days. That way the costs are down, but I am able to dive more often.

I also really enjoy that my wife doesn't get sea sick when doing shore dives. It really sucks to see her sea sick!

I also like the camaraderie. I find that when doing daily boat dives, everyone is friendly on the boat and all, but after the boat is back at the dock, everyone packs up their gear and tears out of there. When doing the shore dives everyone is still friendly, but after the dive we usually BBQ some food up and all of the divers hand around for a bit to discuss the dive, share photos, exchange info., etc. Not saying that can't or shouldn't happen with boat dives, just saying what I notice.

I also really like when non divers take an interest in what I am doing. It is really enjoyable to be able to answer peoples questions about SCUBA, dispel myths, and hopefully get them more interested in SCUBA and the environment. Remember a great man once said- people protect what they love. Getting people involved in SCUBA is usually also getting them more environmentally conscious.

OK, so now that I have rambled on for so long, lets get back to Pacific shore dive locations/destinations.


What I know :

North Jetty of Humbolt Bay, Trinidad, California
Ft. Bragg, California
Mendocino, California
Salt Point State Park, Jenner, California
Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz, California
Monterrey Bay, Monterrey, California
Big Sur, California - JADE DIVING!!
Point Lobos State Reserve, California
El Refugio Beach-Palm Trees and Kelp Beds
Goleta Beach, Goleta, California
Lea Carillo State Beach, Malibu Beach, California
Santa Monica Bay, California
Veterans Park, Redondo Beach, California
Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes, California
SHAW'S COVE,Laguna Beach, CA
Buccanear Pipe, Oceanside, California
Lajolla Shores, San Diego, California
Rocky Point/Puerto Penasco


I am sure there are a ton more, but this is the list I have. I have more information on some of the locations, just let me know what ones you would like more info on. You also might want to consult with Papa Bear and other members that live in that area.

Ace

fishome25
01-05-2010, 10:40 PM
I actually drove from NY to florida last spring to do some shore diving. that why I drove to have my car and jump in wherever I could. But I was really wondering internationally. Bonaire was cool because you are all on your own. But I can't find any other places. I do see many destinations with "unlimited shore diving at there house reefs" if you are with a buddy. The problem is I always want to dive way more than my girlfriend so I don't to be restricted like that.