Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Washington

The premier shore diving sites in Washington are found throughout the Puget Sound area. We have included our favorites in and around Seattle, stretching as far South as Tacoma, Fox Island, and the Gig Harbor areas. All have unique inlets and coves, and are easily accessible shore diving opportunities for your enjoyment. Bear in mind the conditions vary considerably with the changing tides, currents and seasons of the year. Check with your local resource providers for the information to make your dive experience the safest and best possible. Enjoy!
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Edmonds Underwater Park

Washington, USA West

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This is a site you can come back to dozens of times and never see it all. Set up specifically for divers, you'll find wrecks, bottles, and sea life galore-- but don't even think about bringing anything back with you! Navigation is relatively easy with the well-placed system of buoys and ropes that lead to many of the underwater sights. Just North of Seattle, take Exit 177 off I-5 and head West toward the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry on 104. Just before you find yourself at the Ferry, take a left on Main Street, cross the railroad tracks, then turn right into the park.
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The Maury Island Barges

Washington, USA West

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Deception Pass

Washington, USA West

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Why dive this site? If things go well, and so far they have for me, (I've been diving with a buddy who lives near the site) you drift with the slack current east past three separate steep walls and sometimes even into a group of pinnacles, until the tide turns and you drift right back to the eddy you started in at the end of the trail. The walls are absolutely covered with life - the colors are more intense and varied than any Hawaiian dive and rival South Pacific dive sites. After the bland dives you've just done in southern Puget Sound, it's hard to believe you're in the same waters (unless you're just coming from the San Juan Islands.) The main difference is that you've diving a solid rock structure, unlike South Sound clay and muck, that is capable of holding securely the filter feeders that live off the potent Deception Pass currents. Once you get used to all the lingcod, painted and kelp greenling on this site, it's time to examine all the different colored anemones and search out the Irish Lords and grunt sculpins. And what are all those other long, pastel filter feeders? You'll never find out unless you try this site! Deception Pass has tons of tourists in season gawking at the whirlpools a couple hundred feet below the bridge connecting Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands. I have never met another diver there, however, though this is the best shore dive I've yet been on in Washington, a state known for its shore dives. Pick up a copy of Henry Powers The Whidbey Island Dive guide or go to his former shop in Oak Harbor or the Anacortes dive shop for information. Here's Henry's drive directions: from the north (I-5 just north of Mount Vernon) head south on SR20 until passing over Deception Pass Bridge onto Whidbey Island. Once on Whidbey Island, take the first right turn into Deception Pass State Park. Next take another right turn into the North Beach area. Park in the upper parking lot. From the South, head North from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island on SR 20. Just before reaching the bridge turn left into Deception Pass State Park. Next take a left into the North Beach area. Park in the upper parking lot and gear up there (restrooms nearby,) packing your equipment down to the beach. (I'm guessing it's a downhill football field and a bit.) Remember that the park opens on April Fools Day and closes right around October 1st (usually).
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Titlow Beach

Washington, USA West

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A great place for artifact hunting, Titlow Beach offers pilings, walls and crevices to explore. Titlow is found on the shores of the Tacoma Narrows. Head North on Highway 16 from I-5 in Tacoma as if you are heading to Gig Harbor. Just before the ol' Galloping Girdy (The nickname of the previous bridge span-- look it up on the Internet!), exit and take a left on Jackson Ave. Turn right on 6th Street, and wind your way down to the park.
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Sunrise Beach Park

Washington, USA West

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This site has it all! Well, almost-- no wrecks, no Whale Sharks-- but if you are looking for interesting marine life, this is the place. With a creviced wall at about 30 to 60 feet deep and 100 feet long, you'll spend most of your time exploring the nooks and crannies. Wolf Eels and Octopus are the highlights. Bring two tanks, and plan to spend the day in the area-- but not the night, as the gates are locked at dusk. If you aren't familiar with using the tide tables, don't dive this site-- the current can surprise you! Found in Gig Harbor, about 6 miles NW of Tacoma. Take either exit of Highway 16 to get to Gig Harbor, and wind your way around to the North part of the harbor. You'll find yourself on Peacock Hill Ave NW. Make a right on 96th Street NW, then a left on Crescent Valley Drive. In less than a mile, turn right onto Hallstrom Dr. NW and follow the signs down to the park. Remember the landmarks going down, as you won't find "Gig Harbor: This Way" signs coming back up!
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Les Davis Fishing Pier, Tacoma

Washington, USA West

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One site that has been overlooked is right in Tacoma. Les Davis fishing pier. It’s a very popular site, and has many of the scrapped pieces from the old Tacoma narrows bridge dumped there creating a nice artificial reef. Lots of classes going on there, but its still not to bad. It also makes a nice place for night diving. As a side note, you do need to be aware of the currents in the hood canal, on high exchanges the current can unexpectedly pick up rapidly, especially at places like sund rock, which by the way, is one of the best shore dives in the entire area and is easily done for free. There are two pull outs next to the road with signs and a short hike down to the water. You have about a hundred yards of surface swimming, and that's when the current comes into play ;). -- BanditoXXX <br><br> This site exhibits a healthy marine environment and the pier (to the east of the divers' entry point) is popular with sportfishermen. Divers should have no difficulty avoiding the pier. Access to the beach requires climbing down a pile of concrete blocks that have settled and now provide uncertain footing for a heavily burdened diver. Soon after entry, the diver may see moon snails, sea pens, sunflower stars, blood stars, alabaster nudibranchs, and a great variety of Northwestern marine life. In deeper water, there are sections of concrete roadway that provide hiding places for many vulnerable species and a fortunate diver may find a shy octopus. You will certainly find rockfish, lingcod and cabezon. As the diver moves away from shore, the bottom slopes more sharply and depths will exceed 100 feet. This is a deservedly popular site for recently certified and advanced divers alike. -- Edward J. Palumbo The Les Davis Pier is located in Perce County (WA) in the city of Tacoma near the Dalco Passage. Take I-5 to Hwy 705, exit northwest to Ruston Way and follow it past the old fire boat station to the Les Davis Pier.
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Hood Canal Bridge

Washington, USA West

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This is an advance diving site mainly because of the swim and the currents. You must time your dive rather precisely to ensure you are not swept in the wrong direction! For those who can brave the hardships, some fascinating sea life awaits you on the bridge piers including some spectacular anemones. From Seattle, take the Edmonds/Kingston ferry to 104. Continue North to Port Gamble, and you'll see the following street just before the turnoff to the bridge.
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Point Whitney

Washington, USA West

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A life-encrusted intake pipe extends out, running north-south. You'll find the pipe starting at about 15' and running down to 100 feet, more or less depending on the tides. Look for GPOs under the supports. The start of the pipe is located near the center of the parking area. (There's really two pipes, but one is shorter.) Octopus Gardens Dive Shop has a good map and write-up of this site on. Point Whitney (near the Washington State Shellfish Laboratory) is a fine site on the Hood Canal north of Hoodsport.
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San Juan Islands

Washington, USA West

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I've been diving in the San Juans for about five years now and love it. We are fortunate to have some excellent shore dives available. There are several sites on San Juan island with varying degrees of difficulty. The most note worthy in my opinion is Lime Kiln state park. Not the easiest shore entry and some potentially devastating currents, hitting this site on slack is well worth the effort. A series of beautiful terracing walls, you can hit 200' within 50' of the shore. Rock fish, wolf eels, octopus, pacific king crab, walls of metridium anemones, the list goes on. If you aren't familiar with the area, it's well worth the trip
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Illahee State Park

Washington, USA West

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Check tide charts! Went out during low tide which, when the tide started to come in, the current made visibility hard at upper level (6to12ft)but once at the bottom cleared up. Very diverse sea life in less than 15ft of water, clams, conch, Dungeness crab, halibut, starfish and very very large sea-cucumbers. Other fish were there but being from the East coast I was not familiar with the species. Eastern Bremerton, across Warren street bridge, make right beside 7-11 follow to end and make left. Follow to the bottom. Beach dive or pier. Fishing is allowed here so be careful!
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Keystone Jetty (Fort Casey)

Washington, USA West

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The underwater park at Keystone Jetty is found just South of the Keystone Ferry terminal in the Fort Casey State Park. A small parking area with picnic tables and facilities makes for a nice two-tank location. About 30 miles North of Seattle on Whidbey Island. The location makes for a great loop drive for a leisurely day. The North access to the island is via Anacortes, and the South access is via the Mukilteo Ferry, just West of Everett. About in the middle of the Island, just South of Coupeville, head West on Wanamaker road (highway 20) to the Keystone Ferry landing.
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Seacrest Park

Washington, USA West

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Seacrest Park is perhaps the most popular dive site in Seattle. You'll find dive classes here most every weekend, so take a day off from work and dive this site mid week. And definitely plan a night dive here! Just South of downtown Seattle, take the West Seattle Bridge to hop over to West Seattle. Just before the bridge ends, make a right onto Harbor Ave SW. Drive for about a mile to the North, and you'll see the landmarks in the photos.
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Sunny Side Park

Washington, USA West

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Sunny Side Park is a perfect place for a relaxing day of diving. Away from the currents of the Narrows, you can be assured of an easy dive with plenty to explore. An abandoned sewer pipeline that runs off-shore from the beach always has plenty of creatures to observe. Found 13 miles South of Tacoma, there are other ways to get here. The easiest, most direct route is to take Exit 119 North on Steilacoom Road. This road winds its way down to the water where it becomes Union Ave. Take a right on Lafayette, and continue on as it becomes Chambers Creek Road. You'll see the park on your left.
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Alki Pipeline

Washington, USA West

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For a change of pace from the other Alki dive sites, try the Pipeline. You may find an octopus in the rubble, as well as most other marine life found in the area! Just South of downtown Seattle, take the West Seattle Bridge to hop over to West Seattle. Just before the bridge ends, make a right onto Harbor Ave SW. Drive Northwest until you round the point and find yourself heading Southwest on Alki Ave SW. Travel for a couple of miles until you round another point. Once on Beach Drive, heading Southeast, pull over at the end of the little stretch of beach at the corner of 63rd Ave SW. This is a roundabout way to get here, but it's the most scenic!
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Salt Creek

Washington, USA West

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Salt Creek Recreation Area is located on the wild, Northern shore of the Olympic Peninsula. This wonderful park of 196 acres and 90 campsites houses many fortified bunkers from a World War II defense site. Underwater is just as fascinating: wolf eels, telia anemones, sculpin, sea cucumbers, sponges, and urchins, to name a few of the wildlife. The sites located along this shore are considered by many to be the best diving in Washington. Salt Creek County Park is located 11 miles West of Port Angeles. Traveling West from Port Angeles on 101, bear right in about 5 miles onto 112. Six miles further, turn right as shown below.
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The Tower

Washington, USA West

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Under Construction! Under Construction!
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Don Armini Ramp

Washington, USA West

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Don Armini Ramp offers an excellent selection of sights for the adventurer: the Old Saw Mill is to the left, bottles and other treasures from the early Seattle settlement days are to the right, and plenty of marine life in between! Use your dive flag, and watch out for boat traffic, of course. Just South of downtown Seattle, take the West Seattle Bridge to hop over to West Seattle. Just before the bridge ends, make a right onto Harbor Ave SW. Drive for about a mile to the North, and you'll see the landmarks in the photos.
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Agate Pass

Washington, USA West

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Triton Cove

Washington, USA West

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Hood Canal
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Scenery Washington

Washington, USA West

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Octopus Hole

Washington, USA West

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Octopus hole is about 5 miles past Hoodsport on 101, this is a great dive site for both day and night diving.
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Mukilteo T-Dock

Washington, USA West

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The T-dock is a great place for a leisurely dive, bottle hunting or grabbing a few crabs. The pilings on the old dock are always interesting to explore. Take exit 189 off I-5 in Everett, and head West on 526. Then head North on 525. Follow signs to the Mukilteo Ferry. Take a right at the intersection just after you pass of over the railroad tracks (See the aerial photo). Just past the hotel on your left, turn left into the parking area.
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Sund Rock

Washington, USA West

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Sund Rock is by mike's dive shop at Hoodsport on 101. There is a 15 dollar fee for this dive but they have showers and bathrooms. From what I have been told you can find a path and dive Sund Rock free.
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Fort Worden Reef

Washington, USA West

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In the background of the intro picture, you can see the Science Center within Fort Worden. The reef is just beyond and off the beach area. Made of old tires, the artificial reef is replete with sea life; you never know what you'll find lurking in those old tires! Be careful not to disturb the area, as the reef is still young and fragile. Located in Port Townsend, drive into the town on Water Street, and turn left on Cass Street, which will turn into Cherry Street. The Fort will appear in about a mile.
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Rosario Beach

Washington, USA West

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Rosario is an excellent beach park with all the facilities. Take two tanks with you and plan to spend the day. Before, between or after dives, take time to explore the surrounding Deception Pass State Park-- one of the finest in the Northwest. About 50 miles North of Seattle, just South of Anacortes. About a half a mile North of Deception Pass, head West on Rosario road to the park entrance.
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Fox Island

Washington, USA West

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Fox Island is not for the faint of heart! Fully exposed to the Tacoma Narrows tidal flow, you'll need to plan your dive very carefully. But, once in the calm water of the slack tide, you'll be hugely rewarded by some terrific sights. Walls, nooks and crannies abound, with every kind of marine life you'd expect! OK, folks, break out your maps (or favorite mapping web site), and find this spot before you leave home! Located SW of Gig Harbor, and just West of Tacoma, Fox Island has one major road that winds its way to the park. From Highway 16 out of Tacoma, take the Fox Island exit to the left (Gig Harbor is to the right). Cross the Fox Island bridge, and stay on the main road, which soon becomes Island Boulevard FI. It will eventually bear right onto 9th Ave. Then bear left on Kamus. In a tenth of a mile, bear right back onto Island Blvd, which will soon become Mowitch Drive. Bear right onto 14th Ave, which soon becomes Ozette Drive. Bear left down to the water. The dive is simple, compared to the process of getting there!
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Lake Crescent/East Beach

Washington, USA West

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Lake Crescent is known for clear water (visibility usually ranges 30-50 feet and light penetrates to 120 feet and deeper making it a good location for deep dives. Around the lake there are several attractions such as an underwater forest, train wrecks, some very large fish, a sunken barge, and a giant boulder garden that is the remnant of an ancient land slide that separated lake Sutherland from crescent about 10,000 years ago Located about 15 miles west of Port Angeles, WA on highway 101, inside Olympic National Park, Follow signs toward east beach. once on the beach head left around the point to massive rock garden or off the first dock that you see to the right lies a sunken barge in about 35 fsw
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Flagpole Point

Washington, USA West

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Hood Canal
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Richmond Beach

Washington, USA West

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Richmond Beach will offer a little for everyone: A nice beach park for the kids, a relatively shallow dive for the inexperienced, pieces of ship Utopia for the souvenir hunters, and marine life for the naturalist in us all! It's a bit of a walk to make it to the shore, so a tank cart would be of help. Found just North of Seattle in Richmond Beach, grab your Seattle map and find the North 175th exit. You'll head West on 175th, then North on Aurora, then West on 185th which becomes Richmond Beach road, and then follow the signs to Richmond Beach Park (left on 20th Ave NW). You'll get a better idea just looking at your map!
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I-90 Bridge, Seattle

Washington, USA West

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I know of a wild dive site right here in Seattle that's not dove at all. The south side of the western I-90 overpass, just south of Leschi and north of Mount Baker Park on Lake Washington boulevard. There's a park on Lake Washington just to the north/under the overpass. I geared up there and went across (east) to the bridge stanchions and headed south. South of the overpass are 3 deck plates/highway sections from where the old bridge sank in like 60 feet of water. On a nice day the visibility is great 20-40 feet or more. When I was there in the summer I could see the entire length of the highway sections stacked one on top of the other. It'd be an experienced dive because of the boat traffic. I don't know if the park is posted banning diving or not. It was an incredible dive because of the immense scale of the bridge sections and the weird feeling looking and standing on the highway 40 feet down. It'd make a great photo riding a bike underwater on a highway!<br><br><b><u>RECENT UPDATE 2009</u>: I noticed that ShoreDiving has a section devoted to the sunken I-90 Bridge in Lake Washington. This is a really good freshwater site, but ALAS, WADOT declared it off limits to divers in mid 2006 after vascillating on the issue for several years following the events of 9/11/01. The park under the present bridge has been posted and the Seattle Harbor Patrol is supposed to enforce the ban. I wanted to alert you to this situation so you can decide whether or not to keep the listing on your web site. -- Gene C.</b>
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Edmonds Oil Dock

Washington, USA West

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The Edmonds Oil Dock can offer all the sights of Puget Sound. It's a bit more technical than other dives in the area due to the complications of current, but it's very worthwhile. Go with someone experienced in the area for the first dive. Just North of Seattle, take Exit 177 off I-5 and head West toward the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry on 104. Just before you find yourself at the Ferry, take a left on Dayton, and then another left onto Admiral Way. Follow this road into Marina Beach.
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Harper Pier

Washington, USA West

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Fort Flagler Pier

Washington, USA West

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Fort Flagler is great out-of-the-way park for sightseeing, picnicking, and of course diving! The scenic drive, alone, to the park is worth it for a weekend outing from Seattle. For those who brought your Scuba gear, prepare for a fascinating dive. Fish, macro life, plume worms and anemones have engulfed the pilings that march far out into the Admiralty Inlet. As usual, dive on a slack tide. From Seattle, take the Edmonds/Kingston ferry to 104. Continue North through Port Gamble and over the Hood Canal Bridge. In about 5.5 miles, turn right onto 19. After 11.5 miles, turn right again onto 116 and head North to the end of the road, in about 10 miles. You'll then be at the entrance of the park.
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Mukilteo Oil Dock

Washington, USA West

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The Oil Dock is actually the most interesting dive in this area. It is a bit of a hike to get to the entry point, but well worth it just to be able to explore the pilings of this huge structure.<br><br>*** CLOSED TO DIVING ***<br>SEE THE REVIEW OF 6/11/2015 BELOW<br> Take exit 189 off I-5 in Everett, and head West on 526. Then head North on 525. Follow signs to the Mukilteo Ferry. Take a right at the intersection just after you pass of over the railroad tracks. Just past the hotel on your left, turn right, then turn left before you reach the tracks again. Drive North and parallel to the coast, keeping the tracks to your right-- your road will turn to a heavily potted, dirt road. Continue on until you reach the dirt parking area.
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Mukilteo State Park

Washington, USA West

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Of the three dives at Mukilteo, this is the best location to off-gas. Make your first dive at the Oil Dock or the T Dock, and drop by here for a little lunch and your second dive. There are two walls here, one at 30 feet and other at 60 feet, with plenty to see in between! Take exit 189 off I-5 in Everett, and head West on 526. Then head North on 525. Follow signs to the Mukilteo Ferry. Take a left at the intersection just after you pass over the railroad tracks (See the aerial photo).
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Tacoma Narrows

Washington, USA West

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The Tacoma Narrows is located right next to the water treatment plant, just below the War Memorial Park at the base of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. This is considered a technical dive, and should be planned with an experienced guide or a local dive shop. The rewards of your effort, however, include seeing the remains of the collapse of the original bridge from half a century ago. This dive site is found under the bridge of the Tacoma Narrows. Head North on Highway 16 from I-5 in Tacoma as if you are heading to Gig Harbor. On the last exit before hitting the bridge, take Jackson Ave exit. Do not turn on Jackson, but head straight across and down the hill into War Memorial Park.
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Salt Water State Park

Washington, USA West

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If you're looking for a relatively easy dive with great facilities and picnic areas, this is it. The smooth entry and sandy bottom takes you straight out to an interesting wreck. A wooden barge was sunk here in the early 70's, and continues to be a refuge to a plethora of marine life. If you are new to shore diving, this is a good spot to get your feet wet! About 10 miles South of Seattle in Des Moines. At Exit 149, take 516 West. In about 2 miles, go South on Marine View Drive. You'll hit the park in about another mile.
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Alki Beach Park

Washington, USA West

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The Alki Beach Park is often overlooked. Excellent marine life can be found here, and it makes for great night dive as well. Access is easy, and facilities are available. Bring the kids, and make a day of it! Just South of downtown Seattle, take the West Seattle Bridge to hop over to West Seattle. Just before the bridge ends, make a right onto Harbor Ave SW. Drive Northwest until you round the point and find yourself heading Southwest on Alki Ave SW. The whole stretch is considered Alki Beach Park, but drive to the end of the beach section before parking. Just before the beach residences, there will be a pathway down to the beach.
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Three Tree Point, North

Washington, USA West

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From the trailhead, dive northeast, with less current during slack before ebb. Try NE at 40-60 fsw, then return SW at 15-20 fsw in the eel grass. This is typical sandy mud bottom with artificial reef junk scattered around. However, there's a very good variety of species to be found. Remember ebbing current runs southwest, or left, and can be strong. Note: I wouldn't go towards the point stay to the northeast, or right. The directions I had from a local dive book via 152nd to Maplewild didn't work because Waplewild Ave SW has been closed in one section because the road and houses are teetering on the brink [after the earthquake].From I-5, go westbound on 518 bypassing Sea-Tac airport toward Burienα Pass Hwy 509, and Hwy 518 becomes SW 148th St, and go about 0.6 miTurn left/South onto Ambaum Blvd SW and go 4 blocks to SW 152nd St Turn right/West onto SW 152nd St and go about 0.7 mi to 21st Ave SW Turn left/South onto 21st Ave SW and go about 0.6 mi to Marine View Dr SW Turn right/Southwest onto Marine View Dr SW, which becomes 28th Ave SW Go about 0.4 mi on Marine View/28th Ave and turn right/West onto SW 170th St Go about 0.3 mi on SW 170th St and turn right/North onto 33rd Ave SW Go about 0.2 mi on 33rd Ave SW and it hairpins to the left onto Maplewild Ave SW [Note: Maplewild is closed here northeastbound because the road is sloughing off.] Go about 0.3 mi southeast on Maplewild from the hairpin turn to SW 170th Pl Turn right onto SW 170th Place and you will see the small parking area. Along the right side of the parking lot there is a small building and trees, but no parking. Along the left side of the parking lot there is a small private garage, then some bushes. At the end of the 6 or 8 parking spaces on the left side is the trail to the beach. The beach is private on both sides of the access point, and access is closed at dark.
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Kayak Point County Park

Washington, USA West

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Kayak Point is a great site for a lazy dive! Bring the family, a picnic lunch and plan to spend the day. The drive to the park is worth the effort, and will allow you to explore parts of the coast line that you normally would never see! About 25 miles North of Seattle, you'll take exit 199 in Marysville, and head West toward the Sound. After 10 or so miles of winding through quintessential NW scenery, you'll see the park entrance on your left.
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Marowstone Point

Washington, USA West

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San Juan County Park (Smallpox Bay)

Friday Harbor

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Sandy bottom to 20 feet (6 meters), with purple starfish, orange sea cucumbers, pink anemones, bull kelp starts just outside the bay, boulders start at 20 feet (6 meters), ledges and caves at 50 feet (15 meters), shrimp, lingcod, swimming scallops, all levels
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Seabeck Bay

Washington, USA West

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Tolmie Underwater State Park

Washington, USA West

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We enjoyed the dive. It's in a nice park in the trees with a long rocky beach, and you'll likely be the only divers there; it's not popular as IT IS A LONG FIN-SWIM, maybe 20 to 25 minutes, guessing 1,500 to 2,000 feet entering at the footbridge and swimming to the buoys at 036 degrees. Typically, the visibility is 5 to 20 feet and the current negligible. The barge structural elements are full of life, different nudibranch varieties, sea pens and sea stars, plumose and swimming anemones, different crab varieties everywhere you turn, and striped sea perch. We didn't see the octopus or wolf eels reported here, but the habitat looks right. It's about 12 miles from Olympia. From I-5, take Exit 111 - Marvin Rd, it tees into 56th Av - go right on 56th, at the park entry take the left fork down a hill to parking near the water [about 100 yards walk to the beach]. The park day use fee is $5. [closed Mon.Tue]
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Point White Pier (Crystal Springs Pier)

Washington, USA West

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Historic former Mosquito fleet and 100-ft long ferry dock; this .3-acre park is now an ideal spot for fishing and scuba diving. In 1995, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners transferred ownership of the Point White Pier to the Bainbridge Island Park & Recreation District.
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Reuben Tarte Park

Friday Harbor, WA

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White rocky wall close to shore, crevices to a shelf at 35 feet (10 meters), sloping to 60 feet (18 meters), kelp forest, blue starfish, red urchins, giant barnacles, big sea cucumbers, white sponges, yellow striped sea perch, Puget Sound king crabs, Irish lords, lots of small fish, experienced level
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Lime Kiln Point State Park

Friday Harbor, Washington

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Not the easiest shore entry and some potentially devastating currents, hitting this site on slack is well worth the effort. A series of beautiful terracing walls, you can hit 200' within 50' of the shore. Rock fish, wolf eels, octopus, pacific king crab, walls of metridium anemones, the list goes on. If you aren't familiar with the area, it's well worth the trip. Kelp forest, wall, mauve algae, dense invertebrate life, abalones, red urchins, giant barnacles, swimming scallops, giant octopus, rockfish, strong current, advanced level