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Deadman Bay  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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San Juan Island, WA

Type: Saltwater
Beginner, Intermediate
Access: Moderate Shore Entry
Parking: Limited
Amenities: Restrooms

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 1
Enjoyment: 3
Visibility: 4
Current: 2
Aquatic Life: 5

Photo Gallery:

Giant Pacific Octopus

PS King Crab


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


The site offers two dives located both to the right and left of the small bay. The bay is shallow and sandy but the sides have rocky ledges that continue below the surface. Thick kelp barriers grow in the summer. The life intensifies as you reach farther out of the bay.

  • East Side (left)
  • has a long rock wall that drops nearly 50' below the surface. A thick kelp barrier grows during the summer and rocky ledges and boulders continue below the base of the wall.
  • West Side (right)
  • has a rock formation that jets out into the bay. Explore this and around it along the wall toward the west.

Special Restrictions:

There are odd circular currents that run through the bay in different directions. Dive on mild exchanges or during slack for the best experience.
Use current prediction from Discovery Island and add 1:16 to the slack before flood and :56 before ebb.

How to get there:

Deadman Cove is located just south of Lime Kiln Point State Park on the West Side of San Juan Island about 17 miles west of Friday Harbor. Drive on the main road out of Friday Harbor nearly 7 miles and turn left on Mitchell Bay Rd and go 3 miles toward San Juan County Park and continue 2 miles past the entrance toward Lime Kiln Park.. Just past the entrance to Lime Kiln Point Park you'll find a turn out on the right side of the road where you can park and walk down the hill to the cove.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
Nino4/18/2009Rating: 3
We made this the 2nd dive of the day after County Park and dove the east side of the bay. We cruised around 40-50 ft for a while but again decided most of the interesting stuff was closer to the island in 25-40 ft of water. Lots of life around the rocks and TONS of urchins. The two highlights were finding a puget sound king crab and a good-sized dead octo. I figure the octo must have been a female that spawned and died. It was kind of a trip! Not the most exciting dive by San Juan standards but a good one nontheless.


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