In December, we shared with you the news that Point Lobos State Reserve, just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, was going to double to rates for divers in 2015 and charge $40 per team of two divers. After listening to local divers and receiving feedback from the dive community, they have stepped back on the 100% price increase, instead settling on a smaller one.
With the planned fee increase, it was going to cost $40 per two-person team, in addition to parking fees, which is $10 per day. For divers who chose to drop-by without a reservation, the fee would have been $20 per two-person team ($10 each) each on a space-available basis.
The newly revised fee structure is $30 per reservation (of two divers) on weekends and $25 per reservation during the weekdays. Walk-ins are allowed Monday-Friday on a space-available basis at $20 per team of two. Kayakers will be charged $10 each, stand-up paddle boarders will pay $10 each, and boaters will be charged $25 to launch. The reserve entrance fee is $10 per vehicle, which are in addition to the diver/boater fees. Full rate details are available here.
Point Lobos, with its sheltered coves, clear water, abundance of sea life, and fascinating underwater topography, is considered one of the best shore diving areas on the Monterey Peninsula, and one of the best on the entire California coast.
Complete information on diving Point Lobos, including rates, maps, and general information on the area can be found here.