At low tide and southwest winds Back Beach is one of the good options for easy dive. The water was extremely calm and the visibility was amazing, around 25-30 ft. Dan, Jason and I had two nice dives. The first dive we entered at the left side and stayed close to the left (I think the bearing was 30 degrees). It was kelp forest. Definitely an annoying situation because so many things can hide from you under those kelp and you can pick up only so many kelp. However as I was venturing around those kelp I found a little swim-through formed by big boulders. I really wanted to swim through it, but I was scared to disturb the stuff at the ceiling so I opt out. But it was cool looking.
Second dive we kept at the rock-sand interface, which took us around the shore. We came across a big and probably old short horn sculpin. We did not let him go before poor thing was sufficiently harassed by the photographers 🙂
The regular inhabitants were back to the shore, there were plenty flounder and skate, a few gunnels and even a shanny. The nudibranchs are slowly disappearing from the scene, even though probably we will continue to see a few here and there until july. The interesting thing was that we saw pipefish and hake, which I am used to seeing later in the summer. The weather has been weird and apparently it has been confusing the fishies as well. 🙂
Overall nice diving at Bach Beach. I still need to figure out the best navigation at this site where I can avoid the kelp forest and meet some big boulders. I know they exist around.