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Alki , Cove 2 | USA: Pacific Northwest
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Aquatic Life: 4.33
Small Wreck, Debris, Structures,
This is the most popular of the Alki dive sites and an all–around great dive park. It is protected from major current and has lots of life in shallow water. If you are on the beach looking out there is a boat just inside the marker line at about 45ft. To the right you can find a decent sized boat called the Honey Bear in about 35 ft, near the base of a bunch of pilings that are angled out of the bottom. Several other piles of boulders and Pilings are scattered around this site.
More experienced divers can venture to deeper depths to see the I-beams. Follow the rope under the buoy line to about 85 ft where it starts to turn North (to the left). Turn Right and hold that depth and you’ll come across them quickly. There are a couple other small sunken boats and piles of rocks that are interesting to see on the way.
You MUST stay outside of the buoy line. This is an active ferry/water taxi dock. There is a rope on the bottom with some bottles floating on it that marks the buoy line so that you can avoid crossing it.
Though you could probably bring a boat here, it is not recommended. You could easily run over a diver or get in the way of the water taxi.
How to get there:
From Seattle, take the west Seattle bridge to the Harbor Ave SW Exit and take a right on Harbor Ave SW. Follow it 1.3 miles along the water until you come to the fish-n-chips restaurant and the water taxi parking lot. You can either park in the lot or on the street. The South Side of the restaurant is Cove 2. Cove 1 is to the North side of the restaurant. Gear up and walk down to the water.
Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
|A great dive spot when large exchanges make other places impossible. |
|This is what I would consider a standard dive staple. There is always something to see with all the debris. Plan on coming in the middle of the day or late night to avoid the crowds. We saw a large skate at about 80 feet. The tides don't really affect the cove either; it's a great choice to dive on a whim.|
|You can never go wrong with Alki, Cove 2. I have been several times and always enjoyed it. There are some I-beams at about 80 feet covered in white anemones that are absolutely beautiful. I would suggest that you do this dive mid-day or night just for the sake of finding a parking spot. Early evenings and weekends are packed with people there. The best part of this site is that there is a ton of debris and stuff to look at, from the shore all the way out to about 120 feet. |
|This is always a good dive. IT can get crowded, but mid week and nights aren't bad. The nice thing about this site is it has stuff in the shallows, and stuff down to 120 feet. Sixgilled sharks are sometimes seen here. I have seen grunt sculpins, red irish lords, cabazon, lingcod, rockfish, staghorn sculpins, pipefish, tubesnouts, plainfin midshipmen, and on and on. This site is not current intensive, and the vis is often better than other spots in the area. ( as long as there isnt a class of begginers mucking about) So, dive it at night or midweek and enjoy, there is a reason its a popular dive!|
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