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Titlow  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Titlow Beach
Tacoma, WA

Type: Saltwater
Difficulty:
Advanced
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Parking: Limited
Amenities: Restrooms, Showers


Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 8
Enjoyment: 4.44
Visibility: 3.67
Current: 3.44
Aquatic Life: 3.44

Photo Gallery:

Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker
Short Plumose Anemones
Mossy-Headed Warbonnet
Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker
Pygmy Rock Crab
Mossy-Headed Warbonnet
Limpet upon Limpet
Giant Pacific Octopus
Immer with a Giant Pacific Octopus
On the move!
Limpet



Features

Debris, Structures, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Description

The main diving attraction at Titlow is the spectacular piling breakwater that has been over grown by plumose anemones and a host of other sea life. This breakwater has been nicknamed the Cathedral by divers in the area. Though shallow (30-40ft), the view is beautiful and there is a large variety of fish and invertebrates at this site.

There are also some short 1-4ft high shelves scattered in 35-45ftsw a couple hundred yards to the south of the cathedral that frequently house wolf eels and giant octopus. The shelves are quite long and interesting to explore once you are finished with the cathedral.

Special Restrictions:

This is an advanced dive due to current potential. Some divers enjoy this dive in the current as a chance to drift dive but be advised, it can really move here and caution should be taken when planning the dive. This area is a marine preserve so harvesting ANYTHING is prohibited.

How to get there:

Titlow is located just south of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge by Day Island. Take the Jackson Street exit from WA-16 and go South until you come to 6th. Take a Right on 6th and it will take you all the way to the water at Titlow. Right next to the water there are a few tables that are great for putting on and removing your gear and a shower. Enter the water near the stairs next to the right of the shower. The breakwater is sticking up straight in front of you.


Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
Grneyed SCUBA Diva1/12/2009Rating: 5
This is my favorite area to dive. Other than making sure the current is working with you, and not sending you toward Olympia, the dive is great. The most abundant anemonies on pilings. Did my fish ID dive there and had 5 identified in under 30 seconds. Great and abundant life in the area.

Matt_Tyler12/27/2008Rating: 3
I love this site because of the life here that almost always includes a gigantic GPO, and I love drifting with the current.

Slobert12/27/2008Rating: 4
Dove titlow this evening. We did our standard route, starting at the shelves and drifting with the currents to the pilings. Said hi to the HUGE GPO that hangs out at the shelves and saw only one ling. At the pilings we found two war bonnets and saw to large striped perch mating. On our way back in, I found a pacific spiny lumpsucker. ( my most favorite small fish to find) so it was a great dive. Vis was ok at about 15 feet or so and the current was moderately strong, but we used it to our advantage.

Slobert11/28/2007Rating: 5
Had a great dive here tonight. We were supposed to be near slack, but it never came. Oh well, current at tiltlow is fun. We surface swam against the current to the "goal posts" and went out to the shelves to visit the resident giant octo. Found him and some smaller siblings as well. Lingcod and rockfish as well. Lots of Gunnels under the shelves. Floated with current back to the cluster of pilings and saw more lingcod, Buffalo sculpin, Red Irish Lord, and striped perch. Pretty cold by the end but hey...drysuits are expensive.

RyanB9/17/2007Rating: 5
We did a night dive at slack tide, when current wasn't bad. We found an Octopus under a shelf. He was about 8ft arm to arm, we spent pretty much the whole dive swimming around with that guy. It's amazing to wacth those guys in action. We caught the big clusters of pilings on the way in to shore, there as a ton of stuff clinging to those pilings.



 

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