Butterfly House, Carmel Bay

Butterfly House is a Carmel Bay dive site named for the house sitting on the ocean side of Scenic Ave. in Carmel-By-The-Sea. The roof of the house has a funky upward sweep (it was the '60s after all) that is reminiscent of butterfly wings. It is a hard scrabble down a 30 foot drop from the road to the beach, but when the viz is good, it is one of the best shore dives in the area. The best diving is at the outside of the kelp where the average depth is about 50-60 feet. This is a good doubles or stage dive using 32-36% nitrox.

There are a series of pinnacles that rise from the sand that are covered in invertebrates. Be aware that the currents in this area can pick up in an instant and even change directions quickly.

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John Wolfe in Kelp
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Male Kelp Greenling