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Elliott Bay Marina Breakwater  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Seattle, Washington

Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Snorkling, Intermediate

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 3
Enjoyment: 4
Visibility: 4
Current: 0
Aquatic Life: 3

Photo Gallery:

Kelp Crab
Red Irish Lord




This is a manmade breakwater right outside of the Elliott Bay Marina with a healthy variety of the typical Puget Sound sea life. The rock wall of the breakwater extends to a depth of 35-45'. The bottom continues at a moderate slope after the rocks end, but there is not much to see. Living among the rock wall you will find most of the usual Puget Sound critters including but not limited to Lingcod, Rockfish, Cabazon, Red Irish Lords, Sculpins and Perch. Ratfish and an occasional Dogfish are also present. Bring a light and search all the holes and crevices. During the summer months you'll find Bull Kelp growing from the rocks giving additional shelter to schools of perch.

Special Restrictions:

Watch for boat traffic, especially at the ends of the breakwater. Also watch for fishermen and fly a dive flag. Beware of bull kelp entanglement.

How to get there:

Elliott Bay Marina is on the shore NE of Seattle, Directly North from the Alki Point boat launch. It is best to anchor in about 50 feet of water so you are anchoring in sand, and not fouling in the rocks. Also it is good to be out from the breakwater cause if the wind comes up it can swing your boat towards the rocks. I usually anchor somewhere near the middle of the breakwater.

Thanks to Slobert for submitting this site!
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Matt_Tyler10/7/2017Rating: 5
Not bad at all. All the usual suspects, large and small, were present. The thing that I loved the most about diving this site is that the terrain was nice and rocky, and I never lost interest because everywhere I turned there was something that I wanted to explore. I think that as far as terrain goes, this is one of my favorite spots.

Slobert10/7/2017Rating: 4
A fun way to end the day. Plenty of fish and life to check out, and an easy site to dive. With all the ambient light in elliot bay, this is one of the few boat dives I dont mind doing after dark since its easy to get back to the boat launch without hitting dead heads or other water obstacles.

ChevaYEA10/17/2007Rating: 4
This is an easy to find site with a surprising amount of life that has established itself along the wall. It was shallow and covered in large fish. It makes a nice final dive of the day before heading back to the boat launch at Alki both day or night.


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