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Three Tree South Point  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Maplewild and 172nd SW, Burien, WA

Type: Saltwater
Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Parking: Limited

Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 1
Enjoyment: 1.5
Visibility: 3
Current: 3
Aquatic Life: 3

Photo Gallery:

Opalescent Nudibranch
Sea Star
Opalescent Nudibranch
C-O Sole
Red Rock Crab


Debris, Eel Grass Beds


There isn't much to see as far as any type of formations, but there are beds of Eel Grass and large fields of driftwood. If you like invertebrates and don't mind a slow search for small critters, you will enjoy this dive. The slope is very gradual until about 15-20 feet deep, then it drops off fairly quick. There are a few pieces of cement debris, but not a lot of fish around them.

Special Restrictions:

There is no parking directly next to the site but there is some along the road. Be careful not to block mailboxes or driveways. It is a bit of a walk to and from the beach from the parking at Three Tree North Point if you can't find parking along the road, so be prepared.

How to get there:

It is a little tricky to find this location so you will want to map it well. The easiest way is to find your way to 1st Ave S. and go west on 152nd ST all the way through Burien and down the hill. It turns to Maplewild Ave as you wind down the hill toward the water. The dive site is right at the end of the road before it makes a sharp turn to the left and is marked with a Publc Beach Access sign and a NO PARKING sign.

You can either park on the street if you can find a spot or turn Right on a tiny little street before the beach access called SW 170th Pl. Park in the gravel spot to the left. This is the parking used for Three Tree North Point. There isn’t very much parking but there aren’t usually very many people either. Walk back out to Maplewild and take a right down to the water. At the intersection of Maplewild and 172nd SW, there is a beach access on the right-hand side.

Thanks to SwimmerTodd for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
ChevaYEA4/12/2008Rating: 1
This is an unremarkable dive site. We found a boat and some other remains of vehicles but they were in advanced stages of decay and hardly recognizable. The bottom drops off steep but there are no ledges or anything of real attraction. It is a nice site to just get wet and may present ratfish, skates or dogfish at night…but I would recommend just going to Three Tree North Point instead.


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