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12/31/1969 Unknown Location aboard Unknown Boat by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Alberto Nava, Susan Bird
Visibility: 100' Time:3:59 PM
Temp: 50F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 100FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:00 Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
Deco Profile:
After a long traveling month that started with Mexico, and ended in Florida, I was ready for some local diving with kelp and a lot of invertebrates. Susan and I joined the Cypress Sea for a Big Sur run together with several other members including: Clinton, Rob, Allison, Dionna, Mark, Harry, and Cameron.

There were some strong winds from the NW which make the area north or near Big Sur light house impossible for diving. However, farther south the conditions were a little calmer due to the protection for the land masses up north. We expected weather to get worst as the day progressed so we decided to start diving North and head down south during the day and then hold on for the trip back home.

The first dive on the day was at a shallow structure that sits about 2 miles south of the lighthouse. This is a 1000ft diameter reef which tops at 30ft and get to about 100ft on the
West side. There is a canyon that runs from the center towards the West end. The total length of the canyon is about 400ft long. This was a perfect scooter target for the day.

Visibility was close to 100ft and scooter through the canyon was a very nice experience. In some section it was very narrow and had a lot of invertebrates on the walls. Susan and I found a nice hole 10x5 on the north wall. The hole went about 20-30ft inside and then had a chimney going up at least 20ft. We found a nice octopus inside this little cavern. After about 30min we joined the rest of the diver and enjoyed the shallow kelp at the west end. It was a great feeling to be floating on the perfect blue water with school of rock fish all around and the kelp gently moving with the current. It was breath taking…

For the second dive we did Capt Phil favorite dive site in the West cost. Partintong Cayon wall. It was a nice relaxed dive and we found the skull of what it looks like a cow. Maybe this animal was the victim of a mayan ritual at the top of the cliff ;-). Of course the first words from the crew were “Did you put a light bag on them” ;-).

For the third dive we want to explore a new place and decided to check a reef north of Compost. It was a very nice reef with 3 main structures and a lot of kelp. Susan and I took the scooter for a second run and spend good 40min going around the different reefs.
Visibility was so good that you could see across reefs which were about 80-100ft.

Flying through the kelp with 100ft visibility remains me of why we love to dive in this area.

Here is a folder with several maps of the area.