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Octopus Hole  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Hoodsport, WA

Type: Saltwater
Difficulty:
Intermediate, Advanced
Access: Moderate Shore Entry
Parking: Limited


Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 2
Enjoyment: 4
Visibility: 4
Current: 0
Aquatic Life: 3

Photo Gallery:

Squat Lobster
Striped Perch
Sailfin Sculpin
Shiner Perch
Site entry for Octopus Hole
Oyster Bed
Yellow Rimmed Nudibranch
Moon Snail



Features

Wall

Description

Octopus Hole is an undeveloped dive site right off the side of the road a few miles north of Hoodsport and close to Sund Rock. The attraction of this site is the long, shallow wall that runs off shore. The typical top ranges 15-20’ deep and the bottom from 35-60’. The wall itself is inhabited by a large variety of creatures, including Giant Pacific Octopus, Wolf Eels, and Squat Lobsters (which look like a shrimp). The Northern Most portion of the wall has some large crevices and holes that house Octopus and Wolf Eels. Toward the Southern end of the wall you’ll find more delicate life. The Dive is simple. Pull out on the side of the road. Gear up and walk down a rock staircase to the water. There is a tree snag that hangs out over the water pointing to the wall to the South. You can either walk/swim to the tree, descend and swim straight out from shore or you can take a SW heading and you’ll hit in about the same place. The wall is only a minute or two swim from shore underwater. This location is well sheltered from current but silt can be stirred up easily.

Special Restrictions:

It is a safe dive site and would be a great location to build confidence wall diving. There is no protection for your car though, so please don’t leave valuables in the vehicle or at least not in sight if you must.

How to get there:

Octopus Hole is just north of Hoodsport. If coming North on 101, it is just past the bend in the road after N Virginia Ave. There will be a wide curb area and some signs on trees marking the spot. You can stop by Hood Sport ‘n Dive for a site map and directions.


Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
SwimmerTodd1/12/2008Rating: 3
This was a fun dive and not just a clever name - we saw a very large GPO toward the north end of the wall. The wall extends southward 450 feet and while it only drops 15 to 20 feet the whole way along, there is still a lot to see. There is a lot of silt the clouds up as you go along, so you'd better be a quick-draw with your camera!

ChevaYEA1/12/2008Rating: 3
Octopus Hole is a fun dive. We saw one HUGE octopus on the North end of the Wall and a couple of Wolf Eels. The whole wall is surprisingly shallow for its size. There was a decent amount of silt so stay off the bottom.



 

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