Dive to the metridium fields this weekend with a couple of dive buddies from the Dive Club of Silicon Valley.
We dove to at the metridium fields, as one of my buddies had not had the opportunity (or good fortune) to find the metridiums when he'd tried it in the past.
Recently I've taken the approach of descending nearer to shore and following "the pipe" out to the metridiums (see earlier maps). However today we swam out further, to save air, and dropped right down on the metridiums.
The advantage of avoiding the swim out underwater is that you then have enough air to make the long swim parallel to shore, to exit at the breakwater. This makes for a different dive from usual. Infact, this is the first time I've done this and it's a nice way to end a metridium dive.
I was expecting the bottom to be entirely sandy and barren, with the occasional halibut for company. But as the video shows, there are several rocky oasis on the journey, with plenty of marine life to enjoy.