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Sekiu Jetty  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Olson's Marina
Sekiu, Washington

Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty:
Snorkling, Intermediate, Advanced
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Parking: Good
Amenities: Restrooms


Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 1
Enjoyment: 4.5
Visibility: 3.5
Current: 2.5
Aquatic Life: 4

Photo Gallery:

Northern Abalone
Fish eating Anemone (aka Rose Anemone)
Rainbow Star
Noble Sea Lemon
California Berthellas
Encrusting Hydrocoral
Sekiu reef
Purple Coral
Giant Nudibranch
Yellow Margin Dorid
Leopard Dorid



Features

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

Description

To the right of the cobble stone beach is the Jetty itself wich of course can be dove. The real treasure lies amongst the rocks to the left. You will see between 10 and 20 rocks above the surface depending on the tide and thier are lots more below. The rocks are large and some are close together creating narrow alleys that can be passed through. Of course durring the Summer and Fall (the best time to dive here) the kelp forest really enhances the dive. You will see Lingcod, Kelp Greenlings, Black Rockfish, Red Irish Lords, and Cabazon among others at this site. Pay attention to your compass as it is easy to get turned around in the maze of rock and kelp. Also watch your depth as its easy to end up shallow while trying to find your way around some of the rock piles. This site is subject to current and surge so use your judgment when deciding if you are up to diving it. The depths of the rocky area are to about 35 feet or so, but most of the site is in 20-25 feet. Because its so shallow, surge can give you a wild ride so use caution.

Special Restrictions:

Due to the potential surge, currents and thick kelp and huge rocks, some experience is recommended (beginners may want to check out pinnacle rock instead). Intermediate divers would enjoy this site on a calm day at slack and those with experience with these hazards will enjoy themselves thoroughly. Use the current predictions for the Straights of San Juan De Fuca station 820 and subtract 35 minutes for slack before flood and add an hour and 25 minutes for slack before ebb.

There are also lots of fisherman so fly a dive flag and bring your shears and knife.

How to get there:

Drive out Hwy 112 to the town of Sekiu. Enter into Olson's Marina and proceed to the north towards the jetty. There is a parking lot with a ramp leading to the beach. The dive site is to the left of the Jetty. There is plenty of parking and a small beach with easy entry to the water. You can dive the jetty to your right or the rocks to the left.


Thanks to Slobert for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
ChevaYEA7/14/2008Rating: 4
Fun dive with easy access and sufficient amenities within the marina. The rocks are a blast to explore. If you like diving in kelp forests then you can get right into the thick of it. Otherwise, stick to the outside perimeter of the rocks and explore the natural reef. Gorgeous!



 

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