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Octopus Hole

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

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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. funny pictures with captions funny pictures funny images funny photos

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!
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carlos64663/12/2014Rating: 4
Taking a heading directly West from the second fallen tree (after heading South) will get you on the wall about 100ft in. Continue South to see the whole wall, and when you get to the end, air and time permitting, just turn around and go back until it ends, seeing the first 100ft. Look for the bear or tire reef! If your air or time start getting low, you can finish the dive at the top of the wall which is at around 20-25ft deep. Chad and I saw two octos hidden in the cracks. Be sure to bring a light with a narrow beam to look for them. A lot more animal life this week than last week at Mike's Beach. Saw and interacted with a Painted Greenling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painted_greenling). This site hasn't been updated in years, so some of the topography might be different. Try to dive the site when the tide is coming in. If you get caught in the tide going out, ascend on the bottom until you get to about 4 feet deep and you can "pull and "glide" easily until you get to your exit point. There are no restrooms or facilities, so go at the dive shop. If the weather is a little rough, get into the water and under ASAP as long as the swells are manageable (skill dependent). Walking down from the road is easy as there are still steps made from the rocks. Don't leave anything at the shoreline because if the tide comes in, it will all be gone. Walk down slowly as some of them are slippery. If the water is calm, you can put your BCD on in the water. I saw a single sea urchin so it is possible that one could find wolf eels around, too. The algae is just starting to bloom, so visibility will start getting worse going forward. The time to dive it is right now! The dive was really easy and all levels can have fun here. Check the tides for best times to enter and exit, but the road is right next to the site, so you just have to swim West to get out. The hike back to your car can be eliminated by using good navigation skills. Enjoy...

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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