San Juan Islands
Orcas Island, WA
Access: Difficult Shore Entry
, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves
Brown Rock is a gorgeous dive on a small rock formation in a cove in Obstruction Pass and is accessible from shore by determined divers and kayakers. The rock descends to 45' and then turns into a series of shelves to 65'. The rock is covered with abundant colorful invertebrate life including anemones, cup corals, chitons, sponges, etc. funny cat pictures
Done from boat or shore. Shore divers should be in good physical condition, the rock is a little over 1000' from the shore entry and current is likely. On the swim over it will be moving along the shore to the west (right) until you reach the rock where ti may split. Please do not attempt this dive during a large exchange (over a 5' difference).
How to get there:
Located on Orcas Island, about 45 minuets by from the ferry dock on the south side of the island in Obstruction Pass. Take Orcas Rd to Olga Road for about 10 miles, through East Sound to the town of Olga. Turn left on Point Lawrence Rd and then Right onto Obstruction Pass Rd. 2.5 miles and you'll reach the Lieber Haven Marina Resort. Park in the public lot adjacent to the Marina.
By boat, Brown Rock is the obvious Rock in the cove to the north inside of Obstruction Pass, just west of Deer Point.
Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
|We planned the dive to enter 45-60 minutes before slack, ride the flood current to the rock, and ride the ebb current back. We entered at the public boat launch. The surface swim took about 20 minutes. There was a wide variety of invertebrate life. We only saw about 3 fish on the dive but the nudibranchs, sea stars, scallops, giant barnacles, and kelp crabs were fun to look at. One scallop started swimming at my face which was fun. The ebb current made the return swim relatively easy (took another 20 minutes). I normally freeze in a wetsuit in the Puget Sound so I was worried about spending extra time in the water doing a surface swim, but the additional time didn't make me any colder than normal. |