National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

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Dive in and Explore the MBNMS

image if diver in sanctuary watersWelcome to the Sanctuary! With 6,094 square statute miles (4,601 nmi2) of water and 276 miles of coastline there is no shortage of areas to snorkel or dive in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Sanctuary boasts some of the most popular dive spots in central and northern California, including the Breakwater in Monterey, Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, the Pinnacles at Carmel Bay and Whaler's Cove in Point Lobos State Park. Visibility varies from site to site, but averages 20 to 30 feet most of the year, with peaks of 60 feet from September to November. Water temperatures average in the mid-50s farenheight year-round with temperatures dropping into the 40s at deeper sites. Whether you are tying to find out tomorrow's weather forecast, where to dive, or what you might see, the following resources can help make your dive safer more enjoyable! Have a great dive or snorkel!

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