Notes about things regarding scuba diving that I have come to know.

Pete's Southern Maine Regional Dive Site Guide
2 Lights, Cape Elizabeth

From route 77 in Cape Elizabeth there are plenty of signs leading to Two Lights. As you approach the state park entrance signs will direct you to the park or left to the lighthouses. Proceed down the hill to the lighthouses. At the bottom of the hill you will find a dirt lot with parking for 15-20 vehicles. An additional parking area is private property of the Lobster Shack on top of the hill. Getting a parking space here in peak season can be a problem. Since many folks are just making brief sight seeing stops you probably will be rewarded for a little patience. There is no fee for parking. The cove's actual name is Dyer Cove.

This site is directly opposite in heading to Kettle cove and Fessenden Road is a quick shortcut between the 2 sites. This site has no sanitary facilities but there is a "cave" in the ledge on the right hand side that can offer some relief through most of the tide cycle.

This site can easily offer 2 nice dives with the one up the left- hand side being my preference. The entry is more or less a nice clear sand beach that gives way to a rocky bottom as you swim out. The 2007 Patriots Day storm cleared the entry of the former seaweed cover rocks making this a nice enough entry at any tide.

At high tide you can find 40 feet down in the bottom of the cove. The more interesting dive is usually along the left ledge slope with the bottom not far from sight on your right as you head out. As you approach the mouth of the cove the terrain and life take on a more open ocean feel and it's an interesting progression. Be sure to have a dive light that will let you look into crevices and under overhangs.

As second dive out along the right will usually have a flatter feel to it but still has some surprises. Be warned that fishermen may be casting from the rocks on this side and we have encountered mono- filament fishing line at this site. Be sure to carry several cutting tools just in case.

In addition to the usual lobster, crabs and common local fish this site frequently will have flounder and on one dive we encountered a torpedo ray. Anemones can be found under overhangs especially out on the right hand side.

It is not uncommon to encounter dive classes at this site. History link

This Dive Site at a Glance:

  • SCUBA: Yes
  • SKIN-DIVE: Limited
  • PARKING: Free
  • TOILETS: No
  • TIDE: Best mid tide & higher
  • SEASONS: Any
  • EXPOSURE: NE
  • ENTRY/EXIT: Easy
  • FOOD: The Lobster Shack, ($$$ & mediocre)
  • GPS: 43.564802,-70.198587
  • Google Maps accepts GPS points.

Here is a view of the parking and entry.

These are the 2 typical dives. The yellow route works well following the base of the ledges on the way out and making the return higher up. Don't forget your light! The magenta route is more or less exploring with the base of the ledge as a reference each way.

This page created January 2008