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Turn Point  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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San Juan Islands
Stuart Island, WA

Type: Saltwater
Difficulty:
Advanced


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

Photo Gallery:

Puget Sound king crab



Features

Wall, Caves

Description

Turn Point is an immense wall dive, practically bottomless by diving standards, that is covered with life thanks to the strong currents during the Flood exchange. At about 75' there is an undercut cave in the wall at approx. 75' deep, about 10' high and large enough for multiple divers to enter. The wall is covered in metridium, sponges, urchins, chitons, etc.

Special Restrictions:

Dive only on slack before ebb and into the ebb tide - NEVER on a flood when the wall is exposed to the full force of the currents. Stay south of Turn Point (the point to the north marked by a lighthouse) to avoid currents and the shipping lane where large ships pass by.

This wall goes VERY deep so it should be reserved for divers with good buoyancy control and who are comfortable with depth, or have the restraint to avoid going too deep.

How to get there:

Located on the Northwest corner of Stuart Island near the US/Canadian border, just below Turn Point. You will see a cliff face that indicates the location of the wall. You can anchor small boats in the area directly south of the wall.


Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
soakshishead17/22/2011Rating: 5
We entered in the middle of this wall. I started my video camera recording right at the surface and recorded all the way down to the 70 foot indentation in the wall. The rock surface is completely covered with invertebrate life, there is no bare rock. Bryozoans, anemones, barnacles, you name it and it is stuck to the wall. Lots of Puget Sound rockfish in crevices. An occasional ling cod and other rockfish. Candy striped shrimp and Puget Sound king crab juvenile.



 

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