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Pinacle Rock  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Clallam Bay-Neah Bay, Washington

Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty:
Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Parking: Limited


Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 2
Enjoyment: 4
Visibility: 3.67
Current: 1.67
Aquatic Life: 3.67

Photo Gallery:

Coral Leaf Algae
Red Eyed Medusa
Alynn Becraft at Pinnacle Rock
Red Eyed Medusa
Scalloped Jellyfish
Star and Urchins
Rock Greenling
Red Eyed Medusa
Stalked Medusa
Red Eyed Medusa
Frosted (Alabaster) Nudibranch



Features

Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

Description

This dive is spectacular in the summer and fall when the kelp is growing. You can head in any dirrection you want. The shore in the shallows is covered in cobble and boulders but quickly give way to a gently sloped sandy bottom. You will find very large rocks covered in kelp with sandy channels in between them. The channels makes this site more begginner friendly than most dives in the area, allowing the begginer to enjoy the beauty of kelp and rocks without having to enter into the kelp tangle. You will find the usual kelp forest creatures including Lingcod, Cabazon, Kelp greenlings, and Black Rockfish hanging under the canopy. The depths range from 15 to 40 feet on a 5 foot tide, though there is a lot to see right in the 20-25 foot range.

This site is subject to strong current and swells. The begginer can enjoy this site on a calm day near slack tide or a low exchange. Advanced divers can enjoy at anytime according to thier skills and experience with surge and current.

Special Restrictions:

Use the Straight of San Juan de Fuca current station for predicting slack at this site. Beware of surge so that you don't get tossed up on a rock or tangled in the kelp.

How to get there:

Head west on hwy 112 approx ten and a half miles from Sekiu and watch for mile marker four. Just after mile marker 4 will be a turn out on the right with a band of trees between the turnout and the beach. You will know you got it right when you look to the north side (left) of the beach and see a pinnacle of rock.

This is located about 6.5 miles East from downtown Neah Bay.


Thanks to Slobert for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
Jesse Tourne8/8/2008Rating: 5
Very fun dive. You dont need to get very deep for this dive while still having a lot of fun. We went through some kelp forests and had a school of black rockfish swim up to us and come see what we were doing. There are huge schools of krill that don't mind you swimming with them and it is well worth the time spent to get there.

ChevaYEA7/14/2008Rating: 4
This is a fantastic dive site. There is enough to explore at this site to warrant a day trip and a few tanks each. Easy entry, wide channels to navigate through, tons of life, pleasant beach for non divers and secluded. There are no amenities but it is only a little ways from Neah Bay. We say a large whale in the cove while we were exiting the water!



 

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