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Octopus Hole | USA: Pacific Northwest
Access: Moderate Shore Entry
Aquatic Life: 3.25
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.
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!
|We saw the snag tree pointing the way to the wall and followed it into the water, and right to the wall. Interesting aquatic life, lots of gobys, squat lobsters and shiner perch plus 8 sunflower sea stars, a large number post SSWD. We found 1 wolf eel and some crevices that should have had a GPO, but none were home. Visibility below 25 feet was good at 20+ feet. I will go back hoping for GPO's at a future time. We did a second dive straight out in front of the entry to 85 feet. Sea whips, more squat lobsters and a few more sunflower stars on this cobble bottom. |
|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!|
|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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