Local NW Dive Sites

Whether you are visiting Seattle, for one day or one week, or live in the area, Underwater Sports can tailor make an itinerary for you. We cater and welcome individuals or groups, beginner or experienced, local or international divers. We can take care of all of your scuba equipment needs, including an Underwater Sports PADI Professional to guide you, on your dives. If you prefer to use your own dive gear, you can ship us your equipment and we can take care of your tanks and weights.

 

1. Edmonds Underwater Park 

The Underwater Park is a fantastic dive for every level. It is a shallow dive site with a maximum depth of 60 feet. We offer shop dives and guided tours, so check in with us to join one of our dives. There are many things to see here, such as a sunken boats, plumose anemone fields, ratfish, huge ling cod, Triumph wall, cathedrals and more. We sell dive site maps at the Edmonds Underwater Sports Store and have a large site map there. Stop in before your dive to find out the most current information on the site. As a marine reserve, it is a no take zone and the only hunting allowed is that with your camera. We rent SeaLife and GoPro Cameras at all of our retail locations if you are a beginner and want to become an Underwater Photographer or Underwater Filmmaker. Edmonds is a fantastic site for anyone to enjoy. Just be prepared for a longer surface swim than at most other shore diving destinations. After your dive, share your stories on our Facebook page or twitter feed #UWS.

TIDES: Edmonds Underwater Park is not a current sensitive site.

LEVEL: Open Water to Instructor, Navigation Skills Needed

Highlights: Photography and Video Year Round Marine Protected Area


2. Mukilteo

Mukilteo is a site for all levels because you can dive deep on the sloping wall, or up in the shallows with the plethora of crabs, shrimp and flounders all over the sand flats. The artificial reef known as the Geo Dome sits at 50-60 feet depending on tides. Inside of the Geo Dome lies an angel statue. Check every hole, as you will have a great chance of finding GPO’s (local slang for giant pacific octopus) and wolf eels. Mukilteo is a popular place to go during crabbing season. Off to the far right, you can find the old oil dock, which is littered with crabs. The bottom is a fairly sandy , so taking a Peak Performance Buoyancy class with one of our Underwater Sports professionals is a great idea. Staying off the bottom will help keep visibility up. The ferry runs close to this site, so you want to be good with your compass too. This is a popular dive site for classes. If you are interested in your Advanced Diver Card, we would love to help you on your journey. We rent SeaLife and GoPro Cameras at all of our retail locations if you are a beginner and want to try your luck at capturing a GPO or wolf eel to share with your friends, stop in and pick up a camera before your dive! After your dive, share your stories on our Facebook page or twitter feed @UnderwaterSports

TIDES: Mukilteo is a current sensitive site so planning according to tides is a must.

LEVEL: Open Water to Instructor, Navigation Skills Needed

Highlights: Photography and Video, Crabbing during season, GPOs and Wolf Eels


3. Titlow Marine Sanctuary

Titlow Marine Sanctuary has two converging rows of pilings that are the remnants from the old Titlow Ferry Pier. These rows of pilings provide for an amazing dive site. Once inside of the piling one can find many things such as nudibranchs, crabs, and various types of sculpins. With the site remaining fairly shallow (typically less than 40 feet) this is a great site to log long bottom time with an amazing array of things to look at. Tiltow can have a strong current during exchange periods so make sure to plan your dive accordingly. Located at the entrance and exit there is a shower which provides the ability to rinse of gear after a dive and there are restrooms located at Titlow Beach Park. If you are a beginner and want to try your luck at capturing you underwater experience, stop in and pick up a camera before your dive! The closest stores are Tacoma and Federal Way. After your dive, share your stories on our Facebook page or twitter feed @UnderwaterSports

TIDES: Titlow is a current sensitive site so planning according to tides is a must.

LEVEL: Open Water to Instructor, Navigation Skills Needed

Highlights: Photography and Video


4. Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach is a wonderful dive site for people of all skill levels. Located underwater is a shallower line that has been placed at around 40-50 feet. Staying on the shallow line allows divers to see many different things such as the GPO’s (our slang for Giant Pacific Octopus), ratfish, an array of seastars and much more. The shallow line runs along the beach side and is easy for a new diver to explore. If you want to get deeper then explore the deep line. The deep line starts at the end of the MAST center pier and runs down towards the 90 foot mark where a bottle field lies. Along the way down there are many various structures for an assorted amount of sea life to call home. You can find restrooms for public use and a shower located along the fishing pier that allows for gear rinsing. We rent SeaLife and GoPro Cameras at all of our retail locations the closest store to Redondo Beach is our Federal Way Store. If you are a beginner and want to try your luck at capturing a GPO or ratfish, stop in and pick up a camera before your dive! After your dive, share your stories on our Facebook page or twitter feed @UnderwaterSports

TIDES: Redondo is not a current sensitive site so planning according to tides is a must.

LEVEL: Open Water to Instructor

Highlights: Photography and Video


5. Fox Island West Wall

Fox Island West Wall provides for a great dive site for any skill level. The West Wall dive spot is located in a residential area so there are no local facilities and the parking is limited so carpooling is the best way to get people there. Once there, the West Wall offers a wonderful diving experience for anyone. The main attraction is a wall that is located in the 55-65 foot depth range. The wall stretches parallel to the beach for around 200 or so feet. You can find all sorts of life along the wall such as red octopus, giant pacific octopus, sea pens, crabs of all types and much more. You may see hundreds of purple sand dollars as there is a “field” of sand dollars that can be found. This is a great day dive and a spectacular night diving site.We rent SeaLife and GoPro Cameras at all of our retail locations. If you are a beginner and want to try your luck at capturing your experience underwater, stop in and pick up a camera before your dive! After your dive, share your stories on our Facebook page or twitter feed @UnderwaterSports

TIDES: Fox Island West Wall is a current sensitive site so planning according to tides is a must.

LEVEL: Open Water to Instructor, Carpool as parking is in residential area

Highlights: Photography and Video


6. Alki Cove 1-3

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The Alki coves are three of the most popular dive sites in all of Puget Sound, and for good reason. They not only are one of the most abundant and diverse areas to dive, they boast the greatest view after a dive because they are located directly across from downtown Seattle. You will definitely want a camera to get pictures of you and your buddies with the Seattle Skyline behind you! Alki cove 1 is a very popular training site. The bottom is mostly sand with a gentle slope and although there are not as many critters in cove one, it’s not uncommon to find stubby squid and red octopus hanging out there. Cove 2 is the most popular of all three coves. It is well known for the sunken wreck, called the Honey Bear, and the very large giant pacific octopus that calls it home. It also has many pilings and beams which are covered in plumose anemones. Cove 3 is a couple of hundred yards away from Cove 2 and it is the least dove out of all them. The bottom is similar to Cove 1 with a sandy bottom and not as much to see. One major key to these dive sites is they are not tide dependant. This makes them excellent dive sites for large exchanges, very late night dives, or just after work dives when current would otherwise be too swift to dive.We rent SeaLife and GoPro Cameras at all of our retail locations. If you are a beginner and want to try your luck at capturing your experience underwater, stop in and pick up a camera before your dive! After your dive, share your stories on our Facebook page or twitter feed @UnderwaterSports

TIDES: Alki Cove 1, Cove 2, Cove 3 not current dependent. Can be dived at any tide

LEVEL: Open Water to Instructor, Carpool when possible as parking can be challenging because of popularity

Highlights: Photography and Video


7. Keystone Jetty

Keystone Jetty is an rocky breakwater near the Keystone ferry dock that is just thriving with life. Carpets of Plumose and other invertebrates cover the rocks which are teeming with Rockfish and Lingcod. This site is absolutely beautiful. Breath taking actually. The jetty is exposed for about 1/2 of its length. The end of the exposed portion is about 30ft deep and continues in the same direction underwater to about 60ft. Make sure you time this at slack, it could be very dangerous if not timed right. Stay to the outside of the jetty and do not venture inside where the ferry passes. The Jetty is located right next to the Port Townsend/Keystone ferry dock on Whidbey Island. Parking is fairly limited. There is often a ranger there that can help you find a spot close to the beach too.

TIDES: Keystone Jetty is very current dependent, so planning according to tides is a must

LEVEL: Advanced to Instructor, Carpool when possible as parking can be challenging because of popularity

Highlights: Photography and Video


8. Les Davis Park: Ruston Way dive site

Les Davies on Ruston Way is an easily accessible dive site that is protected from current and is open around the clock. The highlight of this dive is the artificial reef created by old concrete bridge decking. It provides structure for fish, crab and other marine organisms. The reef is located between 40 and 70 feet deep. The site is near the mouth of the Puyallup River and is subject to silting and occasional fresh water intrusion. This limits the variety of life normally found in other locations. A fishing pier is located on the far right side of the site. You’ll know you are getting close when you reach the tire reef. Care should be taken to avoid the area. Les Davis Park is located in Tacoma Washington on Ruston Way. Heading west on Ruston Way the parking lot is past the fire boat display. Park at the back of the Les Davis parking lot. Stairs to the water are located to the left of the parking lot. Restrooms are to the right of the lot and are open until dusk.

TIDES: Les Davis Park is not current dependent. Can be dived at any tide.

LEVEL: Open Water to Instructor, Carpool when possible as parking can be challenging because of popularity

Highlights: Photography and Video

Recommendations for Locals and Visitors:

  • Dive Conditions: To be warm, you want a drysuit with thermal undergarments made for the Arctic. Water temps are a chilly 45 to 55 degrees F year-round.
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  • When to Dive: You can dive Puget Sound year round. Winter has the best viz, but summer months allow long diving days. We scuba dive when it rains, but avoid fresh water run off areas.
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  • Underwater Sports has six locations around the Sound you can fill tanks at, or be guided from. If you are interested in a boat dive, let us know when you book. We work with a variety of boat operators who can accommodate small or large groups.
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  • Best Tip: Plan your dives around the tides, looking for minimal tidal exchange to maximize visibility. On full and half moons, some of the sites are not accessible because tidal flow can be 16 to 20 feet. You can purchase a tide book at our store, or click here for online tides.
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  • Underwater Imaging: Whether you are a beginner or a pro, the Puget Sound offers amazing macro or wide angle photography sites. Let us know what you want to capture, and our team can help you find that critter!
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  • Hunters: Many Puget Sound divers love to hunt. Everything is seasonal in and around the sound. Contact us if you are interested in learning how to hunt underwater or for the best seasons and sites. We can help you with spear fishing, crabbing, clams, mussels and more.
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  • Must Sees on Land: Historic Pike Place Market is full of seafood, flowers and local artists. Get a cup of coffee from the very first Starbucks. The Underground Tour of Seattle is a best kept secret. Head over to the Seattle Center to experience the trifecta: The Space Needle, EMP Museum, and the brand new Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. If you miss any must-see critters while diving, visit the Seattle Aquarium and the locks in Ballard when the Salmon are running.
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  • Must Eat Restaurants: Duke’s for their Clam Chowder at multiple locations around Seattle; Ray’s at Shilshole Bay Marina; Bicks for dinner by Underwater Sports Seattle for their Halibut or fresh local seafood meals.