Abalone Diving at Salt Point State Park
San Francisco › Salt Point State Park
Added by Tyler Drake
- Diving just off the coast, you can catch a feast
- Be sure to dive with a partner so you can keep an eye on each other
- Remember to fill out your abalone report car and tag your abalone before leaving the beach
- Duration: Full Day
Jenner is a great spot to head out in calm water with your abalone gear. The dives will be in depths of 10 to 15 ft. of water, with visibility usually in the 5-20 ft. range. Spend a little time doing your homework before entering the water and you'll be able to find easier entry areas.
When you head out into the water, be sure your partner is with you and that you have all your gear (ab iron, measuring tool, and float). Each person should dive at a
Divers are also required to have a valid CA fishing license and an abalone report card. Be sure to fill out your abalone report card and tag your abalone before leaving the beach after exiting the water.
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Ok, I was a little nervous going into the adventure. Seals sitting on the rocks near the entry point, dark water of the sonoma coast, and tons of kelp obstructing my view underwater. The guides were great at putting everyone ease, helping us spot the abalone and showing the best technique for popping them off the rock. Afterward, we cooked them up and had a couple beers, making for a great end to the day! If you've got time, I definitely recommend camping at Gerstle Cove Campground near the dive site.
If you've ever been the slightest bit interested in abalone diving, I can't recommend this adventure highly enough. Pam and Tom make abalone diving fun and enjoyable for everyone. Jason, our guide, was the best. He was patient, helpful, and super friendly. You could tell everyone involved was passionate about sharing their love of the ocean with new abalone divers. And the post-dive potluck BBQ was a perfect way to end the day.
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