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Sunrise Beach  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Sunrise Beach Park
9905 Sunrise Beach Dr NW , Gig Harbor, WA

Type: Saltwater
Access: Difficult Shore Entry
Parking: Limited
Amenities: Restrooms

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 6
Enjoyment: 4.75
Visibility: 4
Current: 3.13
Aquatic Life: 4.75

Photo Gallery:

wolf eel at 8 inches
Buoy at Sunrise
Wolf Eel
Red Dendronotid
Sea Star
Nobel Sea Lemon
High Cockscomb
Diamond Back Nudibranch
High Cockscomb
Striped Perch
Diamond Back Nudibranch


Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves


The main attraction of this site are the wolf eels tucked neatly in many of the holes found in the wall structure. There are many other species of sea life here as well including giant octopus. The wall is a series of large rock structures full of crevices, caves and boulders. It is a very beautiful, 3 dimensional dive…that is if you can look away from the wolf eels long enough to enjoy it!

Special Restrictions:

This is an advanced dive due to potential currents. Dive about 60-90 minutes before slack on a low exchange in order to avoid the current. This area is a marine preserve so harvesting ANYTHING is prohibited. Please respect the wildlife at this site. It is a real treat for divers. Restrooms = Portapotty only.

How to get there:

This site is recommended for boat diving but there is beach access, though it is a hike to get to the water with your gear. Driving directions can be a little tricky so pull up an online map. The walk to the beach is a tough one too. Once at the site, swim South until you get to an evergreen tree that is gnarled and growing out at an angle. Drop down here and proceed to about 35-45ftsw and head south (right) until you encounter the rock structures.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
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John R5/29/2010Rating: 5
This has to be one of the most beautiful sites in the South Sound; the colors are truly awesome. We did this as a boat dive using the new WSA buoy for mooring. Entering the water an hour before predicted slack had us in a moderate but manageable current. We swam up current and then drifted back to the anchor point. Sightings included a juvenile wolf eel, tons of scallops everywhere, mating crabs everywhere, the usual buffalo sculpins. Gorgeous.

Chris4/27/2010Rating: 5
We had a great dive yesterday. The new mouring buoy is fantastic. There was some current but it was manageable and the reef was up current of the boat so it worked out.

ChevaYEA2/20/2009Rating: 4
We saw some VERY large octopus and lots of fish and nudibranchs, but surprisingly no wolf eels today. Still a nice dive.

Matt_Tyler1/2/2009Rating: 5
I lost count of how many Octopi we saw, and they were all pretty good sized. We did coax one out, and played with him for a little bit. We also saw about 5 or 6 wolf eels. They were being kind of shy and none came out, but we were able to feed them some sea urchins at the den entrance. It was an awesome fifth and last dive for the day.

Slobert8/11/2007Rating: 5


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