Alki, Seattle, WA
Access: Moderate Shore Entry
Aquatic Life: 0
Sandy flats , Eel Grass Beds
The Duamish Head begins as a long, shallow, sandy dive that progresses into eel grass beds, and then eventually to rack kelp before beginning a gradual slope to greater depths. The Duamish head gets very little dive traffic since the site lacks any real structure or large creatures, thus is a good spot to look for creatures unique to this type of environment. Sea pens and the nudibranchs that eat them, skates, dogfish and all sorts of flatfish are common sights here, plus all the small creatures that inhabit eel grass beds. It should be mentioned that the beginning of the drop-off is really quite far from shore and it is probably should not be attempted without a scooter or from a boat. Consider this site a shallow sand dive. If you desire depth then you can choose any of the nearby alki dive sites.
Enter from the sandy beach to west side of the pier, you may want to surface swim out until the depth is sufficient to remain underwater easily and to provide safety from overhead boat traffic (its shallow and the boat launch is nearby). Avoid fishermen. This dive site is exposed to wind waves and some current. Please check conditions before diving.
It should be mentioned that the beginning of the drop-off is really quite far from shore and probably should not be attempted without a scooter or from a boat. Dive it at high tide to avoid a long walk. Consider this site a shallow sand dive. If you desire depth then you can choose any of the nearby Alki dive sites.
How to get there:
This site is found near the large fishing/observation pier located along Alki Ave SW/Harbor Ave SW on the northern end of Alki in West Seattle. It is very near the Don Armini Boat Ramp (known to divers as the Alki Boat Launch), northwest for the popular Alki cove 2 and other dive sites. Park along the street as near to the large fishing/observation pier as possible and walk the short distance to the easy staircase to the left of the pier which leads to a sandy beach.
Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!