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Redondo | USA: Pacific Northwest
Des Moines, WA
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Amenities: Restrooms, Showers
Aquatic Life: 4.08
Small Wreck, Debris, Structures, Tire Reef, Junk Yard,
Very easy entry and good facilities make this one of the most popular dive sites in the South Puget Sound for classes and divers of all experience levels. It also serves as a great night dive location since it has 24 hour access.
Enter the water at the stairs to the left of the pier or the beach to the right of the restaurant. There is a rope tied to the Southern most piling at the end of the pier (the one with the building on it) that will lead you to some small boats and eventually to about 80' deep.
Another rope leads down from the second northrn most piling to an old observation tube and below that lies another small boat. If you follow a line directly north of the observation tube you'll come across some small old boats. There is another large rope leading from the bow of the deapest one that will take you all the way through a series of artificial reefs, small boats and the crowning jewel, a Volkswagen Bug. Take a 210 heading from the VW for about 50' and you'll hit a large biodome made of PVC pipes which looks like a jungle gym for divers.
Most of the bottom is sandy and easily stirred up but it is easy to navigate.
Beware of fishermen on the pier and the public boat launch to the South.
How to get there:
From Pacific Hwy S turn west on 509 and an immediate right onto Redondo Way S. Follow the road to the bottom and park on the street near the water or in the paid parking area near the boat launch.
Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
|We entered at the steps and descended in front of the MAST building. We spent a good amount of time at the shallow boat and the observation pipe. There is always interesting life around those 2 items. This was a REEF survey dive so I was counting fish and invertebrates. The most exciting find (it found us) was a female sixgill shark. We swam with the 6.5 foot shark for just a few minutes even in the poor visibility. Later we learned that apparently there are 2 juvenile sixgills, a male and a female that show up regularly. This made the dive for us.|
|We entered at the steps and glided down the slope to the junkyard. One wolf eel was inside a tire not far from the ladder. We moved over to the boat near the large pipe and a juvenile wolf eel has a home there. Under that boat was an inquisitive giant Pacific octopus who reached out and "tested" us with a couple arms. There were rockfish and gunnels under the large pipe. Another octopus was under the deeper of the two boats that were tied together. We moved north to the VW and a GPO was out on top of the frame. It jetted 12 feet away and "fluffed out" to make itself big. I kept shooting video and then it jetted back to the VW. After sitting on top it slid under the VW into its den. We headed up the slope to the eelgrass and found a10-in bay pipefish standing upright in the grass.|
| Fun dive, 2nd dive saw two Octapus, one was nice and big. lots of artificial structure that has good growth on it, plumose anemonies, sea stars, grunt skulpin, small rock fish quillback and copperback. Place would be a great night dive to see if the Octaapus come out of their lairs.|
|I have dived at Redondo quite a few times. The topography isn't the most interesting, but if you go out at night, there isn't any shortage of life. Jeremy and I found a dogfish lying perfectly still, and Jeremy was able to take several pictures. During all of this we realized he wasn't moving much because he had a hook in his mouth attached to a rather large weight. Jeremy, being a fearless kid trapped in a man's body, grabbed the dogfish and held him up for me to work on getting the hook out. He was of course mindful of the poisonous spines. Anyway, we got him unhooked and let him go. It was really one of the most memorable experiences that I have had in just over a year of diving.|
|Another good night dive at redondo. about a 4 foot dog fish let us get close and check him out. Smallish Octo and a bunch of the usual critters plus some copper rockfish near the pier on our safety stop. Be sure to check out the dome gnome|
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