The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is a Federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. Stretching from Marin to Cambria, the MBNMS encompasses a shoreline length of 276 miles and 6,094 square miles of ocean. Supporting one of the world's most diverse marine ecosystems, it is home to numerous mammals, seabirds, fishes, invertebrates and plants in a remarkably productive coastal environment. The MBNMS was established for the purpose of resource protection, research, education, and public use of this national treasure. The MBNMS is part of a system of 13 National Marine Sanctuaries and one marine national monument, administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Lover's Point is in the heart of the MBNMS and is a protected cove located in Pacific Grove at the intersection of 17th Street and Ocean View Blvd. This is a very scenic cove which usually gets very little wave action. The bottom ranges from the 20 to the 45 foot depth, and the terrain varies from sand channels to rocky reef areas.