Near Rosario Beach, Deception Pass, WA
Aquatic Life: 5
Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest
Sares Head is a dynamic wall dive near the entrance to Deception Pass offering sheer drops, overhangs and caverns, covered in c basket stars, cucumbers, scallops and all sorts of other colorful invertebrates. The vertical drop is deeper the farther north you go. Toward the south you will reach sand about 100ft deep and it begins to ascend in stair-stepping ledges to about 40ft and scattered large boulders up to the surface from there. Dense bull kelp grows in the shallows during summer months.
Beware of currents and dive at slack before a small exchange. You may find slack before ebb more forgiving but care needs to be taken regardless. There is no sure anchorage due to depth and rocky substrate. Beware of boat traffic and surface next to the wall for safety.
How to get there:
Sares Head sits on Fidalgo Island below a large rocky bluff dropping nearly vertically into the water in Rosario Straight, 1 1/2 miles northwest of Deception Pass. It can be easily reached be kayak from Rosario by paddling about 1000 yards inside NW Island and along the rocky shoreline to the highest point on the bluff.
From Sares Head you are in the immediate vicinity of Northwest Island and Urchin Rocks, both offering some protection to currents and make a good follow-up dive or back-up plan.
Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
|This is a very cool site, but we attempted it on an ebb tide from our dive kayaks. No where to secure the kayaks so they were clipped to us. I spent the whole dive trying to fight getting ripped off the wall. stron waterfalling and upwelling currents as well totally un predictable. I still enjoyed the adventure, but unless you are an adrenaline junky, dive this at slack, or a mild tide with a live boat. |
|We entered right at the point that is Sares Head. Straight down from there is a swim-through at 70 feet. We saw ling cod, various species of rockfish (black, yellowtail, PS, copper, brown). there were kelp greenlings and painted greenlings. We saw a basket star and multiple nudibranchs. I have seen candy striped shrimp at this site on more than one occasion.|