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Steamboat Island Wall   |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Near Olympia, WA

Type: Saltwater

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 2
Enjoyment: 4
Visibility: 3
Current: 5
Aquatic Life: 3

Photo Gallery:

Sharpnose Crab (Scyra acutifrons)
Buffalo Sculpin
Short Plumose Anemones
The Bluff at Steamboat Island Wall


Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves


Steamboat Island Wall is a relatively shallow sandstone wall that has been carved into interesting and attractive formations with channels and crevices to explore. The wall begins in about 10-15fsw directly in front of the point and drops to about 45fsw. The wall wraps around the point in both directions. There are some large formations, boulders and channels (like mini-canyons) that you can swim through running parallel to the wall at depths ranging from 60-90fsw. Everything is covered with invertebrate life.

Special Restrictions:

Live Boat Dive Only. Advanced due to very swift currents that come from multiple directions. Please dive this site at slack tide during a small exchange. It is close to shore but there is no shore access known to me. Visibility in the South Sound can be low so make sure you are prepared to navigate with limited vis if you dive this in the Spring or Summer. Beware of boat traffic.

How to get there:

Found just off the northern tip of Steamboat Island, next to Hope Island, North of Olympia. At the tip of the point you’ll see a house that is sitting on a reinforced bluff. The main part of the wall is directly in front of the point.

You can launch a boat at Swantown Marina in Olympia or in Boston Harbor.

Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
ChevaYEA5/12/2008Rating: 4
Steamboat Island Wall is beautiful, with large jagged rock formations and a steep wall covered in invertebrate life. Dungeness crab abound. HOWEVER do not try this without a live boat. When the current picks up it can be impossible to return to the boat. The point sits in a convergence zone for multiple inlets and the currents can be intense and unpredictable. But, with a live boat it can be a real treat in the South Sound.

Slobert5/12/2008Rating: 5
Wow, we got our clocks cleaned. We did this dive at low tide slack with only a three foot exchange after slack so we didnt expect much current after slack. We were wrong. because the island forms a chock point and other factors the tide really got ripping at approx 3-4 knotts at the surface. at the bottom it was even more powerfull as the current funneled through the rock formations. We do alot of current dives though so it wasnt so bad though till I somehow lost one of my intergrated weight pouches with 8 pounds of weight. That made getting safely to the surface an extreme challenge. Once on the boat, we could see that the current on the north side of the point wasnt bad at all, so next time the boat gets anchored on the north side!


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