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The Sisters  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Next to the Hood Canal Bridge
Port Ludlow, Washington

Type: Saltwater
Intermediate, Advanced

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 1
Enjoyment: 4
Visibility: 2.5
Current: 3.5
Aquatic Life: 5

Photo Gallery:

Lined Ribbon Worm
Nobel Sea Lemons
Frosted (Alabaster) Nudibranch
Clown Nudibranch
Lobed Tunicate
Rock Scallop
Green Urchin
Encrusting Tunicate
Yellow Rimmed Nudibranch
Stalked Hairy Sea Squirt


1,000's square yards of reef , Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle


The Sisters are the pair of pinnacles visible from the Hood Canal Bridge. They are connected by a spit about 20-30' deep and are surrounded by a cascading rocky reef that drops in all directions providing an exciting and enormous dive site.

There is no one particular dive at this location and the entire reef is full of life, especially from 30'-40' deep range just below the kelp. The most dynamic portion of The Sisters is off the south side of the big sister (the southern one with the marker on it) or the north side of the little sister (north pinnacle faving the bridge). Here it drops sharply in large steps and ledges and are covered in large lingcod, rockfish, and kelp greenling. The ledges continue along the "bridge" between the pinnacles and are steeper on the east side facing the canal and drop to 110' before turning to a sloping sandy substrate. On the west side, the slope is more gradual and bottoms out at 70'-80' deep and is strewn with boulders on both side.

All around the reef expect to see huge rock scallops, sponges, hydrocorals, tunicates, cucumbers and other colorful invertebrates as well as many species of sculpin, perch, gunnels and warbonnets.

Special Restrictions:

Beware of current, depth, boat traffic and the long distance from shore. Currents are intense at this site. Dive at slack before a small exchange. If current picks up during your dive them move into the lee side of the pinnacle. It is dangerous to be swept off since shore is a long way away. Check your anchor since the bottom is rocky and it is advisable to anchor in the eddy of one of the pinnacles. Beware during the approach not to hit any rocks hiding just below the surface.

How to get there:

Located directly southwest of, and within sight of the Hood Canal Bridge toward the west shore of the mouth of the Hood Canal. There is a large marker on the top of the southern pinnacle. At low tide both pinnacles are visible from the surface. You can launch at nearby Salsbury County Park for easy access to The Sisters.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
Slobert5/12/2009Rating: 4
Driving accross the hood canal bridge, I used to be curious about this site. I even kayaked out to it once to see what the structure was like near the surface. Well, we finally got the boat up there and went for a dive. It was really fun. Its a good sized site with lots of exploring to do. We had poor viz, and the current picked up towards the end. Anchoring is tricky, and slack would be the best time to dive this site. I cant wait to go back with better viz.


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