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Underwater Photo Location: Monterey, California

Underwater Photo Location: Monterey, California

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Monterey California.

Perfect diving for everybody. The water is a bit cold so 2 layers of 7mm or a dry-suit is needed. The viz can range between non or 50 ...

There are plenty of sites for all level of divers, Breakwater is perfect for first-timers and night dives. Monastary beach is more for the experienced divers, watch the beach entry because it can be quite tricky.

Diveshops, daytrips (boat) are available.

The dives are full of sea-lions, lingcod, cabezon, kelp .. etc etc

For some examples: website
Facts about Monterey, California
  • It is in United States
  • Monterey, California is in the Pacific.
  • The typical depth is 50+ Metres 160+ Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 10-30 Metres 30-100 Feet.
Dive Operators - United States
  1. Explorer Ventures
  2. Sunset Divers
  3. Truk Lagoon Dive Center
  4. Aqua Hut Dive & Travel Services
  5. Great Adventures Diveshop
  6. Sand Dollar
  7. South Pacific Island Travel
  8. Island & Cruise Adventure Inc.
  9. Reservation Services Int. Inc.
  10. Aggressor Fleet
  11. Livewell Ventures
  12. Roatan Charter Inc.
  13. Atlantis Dive Center, Inc.
  14. Kids Sea Camp
  15. Caribbean Adventures
  16. Travel Masters
  17. Aqua Dreams Travel, Inc.
  18. Maduro Dive Fanta-Seas
  19. Neal Watson's Undersea Adventures
  20. Mid-Altantic Scuba Center
  21. Pro Dive
  22. Billbeard's Costa Rica
  23. Underwater Safaris
  24. Scuba North
  25. Seasport Divers Hawaii
  26. Ocean Concepts
  27. Smoky Mountain Divers
  28. Abyss Dive Center
  29. Amoray Dive Resort
  30. Kona Honu Divers
  31. Openwater Habitat
  32. Reef Trekkers Hawaii
  33. Scuba Shack
  34. Chris Sawyer Diving Center
  35. Rex Dive Center
  36. Dive Vacations By Occidental
  37. Bahia Tours Inc.
  38. The Ski & Scuba Connection
  39. Buddy Dive Resort
  40. Caradonna Caribbean Tours
  41. Island Dreams Travel
  42. Kona Coast Divers Hawaii
  43. Maui Dive Shop Hawaii
  44. Peter Hughes Diving Inc.
  45. Sail Dive Yacht
  46. 1St Spice Divers
  47. 3 Little Devils
  48. Adventure Water Sports
  49. Alpha Marine And Diving
  50. Aquarius Dive & Travel
  51. Aquatic Perceptions
  52. Beneath The Sea
  53. Broadreach Summer Adventures For Teenagers
  54. Discovery Diving Co.
  55. Dive Kauai Scuba Center
  56. Diver Down Dive Charters
  57. Kellys On The Bay & Aqua-Nut Divers
  58. Lady Cyana Divers
  59. Lady-Go-Dive Charters
  60. Laguna Sea Sports
  61. Lake Ouachita Dive Center
  62. Lighthouse Dive Ctr
  63. Looe Key Reef Resort & Dive Center
  64. Rocky Mountain Scuba Club
  65. Silent World Dive Center
  66. Splash Dive Ctr Inc
  67. Treasure Cove Watersports Inc
  68. Maui Scuba Diving
  69. Reef Fantaseas
  70. Divi Resorts
  71. alwaysstock
  72. Angelfish Foundation
  73. Reel Eaxy Charters
  74. Reef Rainforest
  75. Florida Public Archaeology Network
  76. Florida Public Archaeology Network
  77. H2O Tours, Inc.
  78. Aqua Sport
  79. Ocean Master
  80. Learning Through Travel, Inc.
  81. Shark Diving International
  82. Pro Dive
  83. Solmar V
  84. Travel Masters
  85. Kona Village Resort
  86. Waikiki Diving
  87. Jack's Diving Locker
  88. Catalyst Caribbean Adventures
  89. Trimarine Boat Company
  90. Dive Maui/Hawaiian Rafting Adventures
  91. Dive & Sea Sports
  92. Spree Expeditions, Inc.
  93. Scuba Travel Ventures
  94. Great Expeditions Travel
  95. PWD
  96. Innerspace Productions
  97. the MANTA
  98. Ocean Presence Technologies
  99. YDI Scuba
  100. World Resorts of Distinction
  101. Aua-Trek USA
  102. Miss Scuba
  103. Dolphin Destiny Adventures
  104. South Seas Adventures
  105. Oceana
  106. Dream Weaver Travel
  107. Maduro Dive
  108. Caradonna Dive Adventures
  109. Den Laman Condominiums
  111. Neal Watson's Undersea Adventures
  112. Bahia Tours Inc.
  113. Best Western Crystal River Resort
  114. Travel Network
  115. Lost Coast Excursions
  116. Live Well Ventures Travel Services
  117. Agressor Fleet
  118. Blue Lagoon Cruises Ltd
  119. Caradonna Dive Adventures
  120. Caribbean Adventures/World Dive Adventures
  121. Deep Blue Divers
  122. Go Diving!
  123. Proprietor
  124. Juliet Sailing and Diving
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by Stephen Ridolfi
Going Deep!

by Morgan Ashton
Monterey. Taken with a Sea and Sea DX-1G with wide-angle lens.

by Morgan Ashton
Decorator crab in Monterey Bay. Taken with a Sea and Sea DX-1G with 2 YS-110 strobes.

by Morgan Ashton
Underwater Rorschach Test. Taken in Monterey, Ca. with a Sea and Sea DX-1G

by Luc Rooman
sleeping rog

by Joe Platko
neon shrimp/ common shrimp that was found at lovers point in monterey, ca. vis that day was only around 10 ft so the entire time i decided to shoot macro. shot with a canon a570is and inon close up lens, and a single inon d-2000 strobe

by Joe Platko
Kelp beds This shot was taken near the Breakwater in monterey, ca. this was taken around 20 ft down as I was descending with a canon a570is w/o a strobe. I loved how the light changed to an eery green as you went down below the kelp.

by Joe Platko
Found this small sculpin underneath a pipeline that ran out from the shoreline. I was suprised he actually let me get this close to get the shot

by Joe Platko
ringed snail crawling over a bunch of little cup corals right next to the Breakwater at Monterey

by Joe Platko
kelp beds of Monastery Beach at a time when there was finally almost no surge

by Joe Platko
Moon Jelly being lighted by a sun ray coming through the kelp at Monastery Beach, just south Carmel, Ca. Used a single inon d-2000s strobe to light the jelly. Shot with a canon a570is

by Joe Platko
Very curious seal that checked us out at the beginning of our dive at Monastery Beach, Ca. This was taken right past the break point so unfortunately there was a lot of seaweed and other debris floating around

by Joe Platko
this was shot at monastery beach looking up through the kelp, then later I played with the levels and selective coloring in photoshop

by Joe Platko
lingcod that was resting on the a rock during our dive of northern monastery beach, ca. i was actually sad to realize that my housing had fogged up after i took the shot, but it didnt blur it as bad as some of the other shots.

by Joe Platko
Fish eating anemone that was found off of northern Monastery Beach, Ca. It amazing how big these things get!!

by Morgan Ashton
This is an interesting, not good, picture. This was taken in Monterey. It's a half-eaten Mola Mola that was still alive when I found it. At first I thought "shark" but later found out the carnage was probably the work of sea lions.

by Joe Platko
Close up of a jelly that almost landed straight on my face as I was ascending to take a picture of a sunburst through some kelp. Unfortunately I had the ISO at 200 so it came out a lot grainier than I would have liked, but at least it came out :)

by Joe Platko
My friend checking out a rock wall near the Breakwater in Monterey, Ca. Despite the storm that had been hitting us for the past couple of days, the vis was around 50 ft., so I was excited to try out my new inon fisheye lens for the first time.

by Joe Platko
Storm hitting Pacific Grove, Ca. Despite heavy western swells, the diving in Monterey that weekend was surprisingly good, with vis around 50 ft.

by Joe Platko
wide angle shot of a nice stalk of kelp using my new inon ufl-165 lens. The vis on this day was supposed to only be around 10 ft, but we somehow got lucky and got around 30. this was taken off the known breakwater in Monterey

by Joe Platko
Moon jelly floating in the kelp at south Monastery Beach, with Point Lobos in the background. This was my first ever dive at the south side, as well as my first over/under shot.

by Joe Platko
Lone anemone on a boulder among the kelp forest of South Monastery Beach, Ca. I think this is my new favorite dive site, theres just so much different things to to explore while down there

by Joe Platko
HOLY $#!& my friend getting extremely excited about finding a large lingcod at the end of our dive at south monastery. you can see his expression a little bit better when viewed large

by Kip Nead
Just jumped off the boat, got ready to descend, and there it was just a few feet away. Great way to start a dive. Nikon D200, Sea & Sea housing, with YS-90 strobe

by Joe Platko
very large sheep crab crawling about near the metridium fields at the breakwater, Monterey. I was angling for a different shot, but when i noticed my friend swimming by I changed positions to get him going by in the background

by Kip Nead
A Rainbow nudi on the prowl!

by Joe Platko
large, brightly colored fish eating anemone. Although these are known to only live on rocks, this massive guy was found on a sandy floor. After the dive I talked to one of the local dive shop owners, he told me that the anemone is around 200 yrs old

by Joe Platko
rockfish resting vertically on a rock at Monastery Beach near Carmel, Ca. This place has to be my favorite dive site for the monterey area as the kelp forest is amazing here

by Joe Platko
we had an amazing day at monastery beach today, with vis around 80 ft. this was as we were coming back from dropping down the canyon. it just so happens both divers ended up looking the way of the sunburst.

by Joe Platko
Metridium fields near the Breakwater in Monterey, Ca. Although I have dove there many times, this was the first time I was able to get some photographs of the colonies of metridium anemones.

by Morgan Ashton
Cabezon. Monterey. Sea and Sea DX-1G.

by Morgan Ashton
Egg Yolk Jellyfish in Carmel.

by Joe Platko
great dive at south monastery beach for the NCUPS 2009 competition. If you look closely you can see the silhouettes of tons of small fish in the left corner where the larger beam is. the only problem was the amount of surge.

by Joe Platko
one of the countless hermissenda nudibranchs we found during our dive along the breakwater in monterey. there were literally hundreds of nudibranchs in one area where kelp was slowly being decomposed, which caused a lot of backscatter

by Joe Platko
After 3 years of waiting I finally got to shoot a stinging nettle bloom in Monterey, although I wasn't able to get a backlit shot like i wanted due to weather issues. But it sure was fun diving with jellyfish all around you

by Joe Platko
Sun star we found along the breakwater that was eating a sea nettle. I was able to get the shot right as a swell was passing to get a shot of the underside of its arms

by Joe Platko
Shot of an anemone found off South Monastery Beach in Carmel, Ca. This was one of the better dives I've had there in awhile, with the vis around 40 ft. The shot was taken with a canon a570, single inon d-2000s strobe and inon fisheye lens

by Joe Platko
aggressive cabezon I came across while diving at Monastery Beach in Carmel, Ca. I think he saw his reflection in the inon fisheye lens because rather than swim away from me he started sizing up the camera.

by Joe Platko
One of the many curious seals that came to check us out on our dive at Point Lobos Marine Reserve. Although the visibility was pretty crappy, having these guys play around with us was really fun! taken w/ canon 7d, tokina fisheye, and inon strobe

by Joe Platko
One of the large covered boulders located near the drop off at North Monastery Beach in Carmel, Ca. the image was taken with a canon 7D, tokina fisheye lens, and an inon d-2000s strobe

by Morgan Ashton
Sculpin hiding by the anchor chain at a divesite called The Needle off Carmel.

by Morgan Ashton
Sea Lion at the Coast Guard Jetty in Monterey.

by Joe Platko
Shot taken last May at the metridium fields in Monterey, California. The visibility wasn't too great, but the bloom brought in the nettles making for some fun backgrounds. shot with a canon 7d, tokina 10-17mm lens, and 2 inon strobes

by Morgan Ashton
Hydrocoral at Pinnacles. Monterey, ca.

by Morgan Ashton
There is a crab in there somewhere. Taken with a Sea and Sea DX-2G in Monterey.

by Morgan Ashton
Rock Crab in Monterey. Sea and Sea DX-2G.

by Kip Nead
Tail and blow at once, a good day.

by Morgan Ashton
Will you be my friend? Sea lion in full curiosity mode. Hopkins Reef, just off the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

by Craig Dietrich
Jump for Joy/ Shot in the Monterey Bay. Nikon D300 with the Nikon 70-200 Lens. They are called Risso's Dolphin and it was a magical day. NO PHOTOSHOP at all.

by Leon Burda
Do not step on us

by Will Boucher
Learning the basics with my first UW setup in Carmel, CA.

by Morgan Ashton
Curious sea lion in Monterey.

by Morgan Ashton

by Morgan Ashton
Metridium in Bloom. Monterey. Fisheye Lens.

by Jason Knight
Flabellina iodinea

by Morgan Ashton
Pelagic Red Crab in Monterey

by Morgan Ashton
Rockfish etc. in Monterey

by Morgan Ashton
Eric's Pinnacle, Monterey.

by Morgan Ashton
Anchovies in Monterey.

by Morgan Ashton
All the Monterey food groups: crab, starfish, anemone and urchin.

by Morgan Ashton
That’s a lot of Sea Lions - Coast Guard Pier, Monterey

by Morgan Ashton

by Jon Anderson
Underneath the Kelp

by Jon Anderson
East Pacific Red Octopus

by Owen Palmer
Sea Clown Triopha Monterey Bay, California Panasonic LX 100 w/ Light & Motion Sola 9600 Shore Dive - 56F with low visibility & high surge
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