Dive Information

SCUBA diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding reservations can be made for Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Reservations can be made via the California State Parks site as much as 60 days in advance or as little as one day in advance. Any questions or concerns can be submitted by email to brandon.caskey@parks.ca.gov. Fees are as follows, as of 7/22/15:
 
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Weekends and State Holidays: $30.00 per reservation
Weekdays: $20.00 per reservation, must be made in advance online 
Walk-ins allowed Monday-Friday, if space available: $25.00 per team of two
 
Kayaking$10.00 per kayak
Stand-up Paddle Boards$10.00 per person
Boats / Vessels$25.00 launch fee per vessel
 
DETAILED INFORMATION
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve opens at 8:00 a.m. and currently closes at 7:00pm. The Reserve entrance fee is $10.00 per vehicle. Two divers are required per reservation. A dive team of 3 is permitted; however, the full team fee still applies, whether you have 3 or 4 divers. Divers arriving without reservations during the week pay a $25 dive fee and divers arriving without reservations on the weekend pay a $30 dive fee, along with the vehicle entry fee at the entrance to the Reserve. There is a $25 launch fee for boats and vessels, and a $10 launch fee for kayaks paddle boards. These use fees are in addition to the $10 per car entry fee and will be collected upon arrival at the Reserve. Diving, snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable once confirmed by payment. 
 
CHECKING IN TO DIVE WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE RESERVE
Upon arriving at Point Lobos, each diver must show proof of diver certification. The only acceptable proof is the diver certification card (C-card) of certificate from a recognized organization such as NAUI, PADI, YMCA, NASDS, SSI, TDI, etc. If your C-card does not have a photograph, you may be asked to show your driver’s license or other picture ID.
  • Divers will not be allowed to check in without a partner
  • Divers will not be allowed to check in without a certification card in possession.
  • Divers who have temporary certification card must bring their temporary dive cards along with photo ID / drivers' license.
  • Please have your vehicle license plate number ready along with your vehicle description for the Park Aide to log in to make the check-in process faster.
  • No teams will be permitted to register within two hours of closing.

MAPS
To assist divers in navigating the Reserve, a 3D Underwater Model of the Point Lobos State Marine Reserve was created and installed on May 10, 2014. These models, and accompanying maps, provide divers with unprecedented levels of accuracy and detail. The 3D Underwater Model is located at the Whaler’s Cove parking lot. Download the map here.

BOATS
Hand launchable boats, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are permitted in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Anyone planning on launching a boat/vessel must complete a vessel form. Please contact the Dive Reservation Coordinator to receive this form. Vessels over 17 feet are not permitted to launch in the Reserve. Vessels are only permitted to launch at Whalers Cove. If your boat is on a trailer, the trailer must be parked at the Rat Hill boat parking area. (See Map) Keep speeds under 5 m.p.h. No Wake! Remember there are areas and beaches that are closed to the public for the protection of the wildlife. Do not come ashore at these locals; including but not limited to Headland Cove, Bluefish Cove, and the Beach at Whalers Cove. You can only go in & out of the water at the Whalers Cove dive access ramp.
 
Boat launch in the reserve requires notification of at least one week:
  • Request a vessel form from the Dive Coordinator. Once you have received this form, fill out the required fields and send the completed version to pointlobos@parks.ca.gov
  • ​Vessels over 17 feet are not permitted to launch in the Reserve
  • Vessels are only permitted to launch at Whaler’s Cove

 

RESOURCES

Dive Shops
CA State Parks does not recommend or endorse one dive shop over another. We merely list these for customer convenience. Divers are encouraged to make their own decisions in regards to local vendors. We do not rent dive, snorkel, or kayak equipment; but refer you to industry professionals for equipment choices.
Kayaks
Anyone bringing in a kayak or other kinds of water vessels must have a reservation with us ahead of time for the weekends. To launch a kayak at Point Lobos during the weekdays you can make a reservation ahead of time. The cost to launch your kayaks is $10 per kayak, as well as the entrance fee of $10 per car.
 
Rental Shops
CA State Parks does not recommend or endorse one dive shop over another. We merely list these for customer convenience. Divers are encouraged to make their own decisions in regards to local vendors. We do not rent dive, snorkel, or kayak equipment; but refer you to industry professionals for equipment choices.