Monastery Beach

Monastery Beach

Monastery Beach is a more advanced dive.  The beach is exposed to frequent northwest swells.  The sand is coarse, making for a steep climb (well, often a crawl) out of the surf.  And since the beach is so steep, the surf breaks in a washing machine churn instead of washing up the beach.  Be careful, and when in doubt, go somewhere else.  People do die here.

If surf conditions are good, this is a great dive.  There's a nice rock reef to the north side, which drops quickly into a deep (200'+) canyon.  Visibility is usually better than the shallower and more protected beaches.

Bathrooms are on the south side of the beach.

If it looks even remotely close to this, please, please go somewhere else:

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