This book is part of the Pisces Diving and Snorkeling Guides series which covers the world's best dive sites. If you've never explored the underwater beauty of Northern California or dived in Monterey's magnificent kelp forest, you're in for a real treat. Here incredible underwater canyons, spectacular reefs, playful sea lions, colorful marine life, and highly prized abalone lure the adventurous diver willing to brave the cold water temperatures. This handy guide describes in detail some of the most fascinating dive sites along the central and northern coasts of California. Included are many unique spots in the Monterey Bay and Carmel Bay areas, as well as in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Among these exciting dive sites are the Ocean Pinnacles, Mono Lobo Wall, and Point Lobos State Reserve. Like all of Pisces' Diving and Snorkeling Guides, this guide provides beautiful underwater and topside photographs and specific information to show you exactly what to expect at each site. You'll get specifics on depth, visibility, currents, and access. In addition, all sites are rated for diver expertise. The author, Steve Rosenberg, is a professional writer/photographer/videographer specializing in underwater still photography and video, instruction, dive travel, and marine biology. He is the author of "Diving Hawaii" and co-author of the "Pisces Guide to Shooting Underwater Video".