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Back  |  USA: Pacific Northwest   |  Puget Sound - South


Puget Sound - South Dive Sites


The South Puget Sound region is located in Washington and stretches from Olympia in the south, past Tacoma and Bainbridge Island, through Seattle, and also includes Lake Washington.

The South Puget Sound offers great diving opportunities from shore and easily accessible boat dives with a wide variety of diving experiences including steep sheer walls, natural and artificial rocky reefs, ship wrecks, and diver friendly underwater parks. Among the sealife, divers regularly see Lingcod, Rockfish, Perch, Ratfish, many types of sculpin and gunnels, a vast array of nudibranchs, and with a little luck, a Giant Pacific Octopus, Wolf Eels and the elusive 6-Gill Shark.

Fortunately, the Sound is relatively protected from surf and storms, thus surface conditions rarely affect diving. Visibility and currents are the primary challenges when diving in the Puget Sound. The water visibility typically ranges from 15 to 30, tending to be better in the winter months and worse in the spring, after heavy rainfall or large tidal exchanges. Tidal exchanges can cause extreme currents in some areas of the Sound so get familiar with the tide and current charts, dive safely and enjoy all the Puget Sound has to offer.

Refine your results to one of these sub regions:

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Agate Pass
Old Man House State Park, Bainbridge Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves

Alki , Cove 1
Seacrest Park, West Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris,

Alki , Cove 2
Seacrest Park, Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Easy Shore Entry
Attractions: Small Wreck, Debris, Structures,

Alki , Cove 3
Seacrest Park, Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris, Structures, Junk Yard,

Alki Boat Launch
Hamilton Viewpoint Park, Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced, Technical
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Small Wreck, Debris, Structures, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Alki Fishing Reef
West Seattle, wa
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder reef Debris,

Alki Junkyard
Alki Beach, Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris, Tire Reef, Junk Yard, Eel Grass Beds

Alki Pipeline
Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Pipeline, Eel Grass Beds

Anna Foss Tug
Calvos Passage, Vashon Island, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Beginner
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck,

Blake Island Reef
Blake Island, Blaker Island is near Port Orchard, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris,

Blakely Harbor Reefs
Port Blakely , Bainbridge Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Eel Grass Beds

Boeing Creek Reef
Richmond Beach, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris,

China Wall
Bainbridge Island - Blakely Rock, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle

Cutts Island
Kopachuck State Park, Gig Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Eel Grass Beds

Dalco Wall
Vashon Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall

Dash Point
Dash Point State Park, Federal Way, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions:

Dash Point Pier
Federal Way, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry
Attractions: Structures, Eel Grass Beds

Day Island Wall
Tacoma, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Dead Mans Wall
Marine Park, Tacoma, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry
Attractions: Wall, Eel Grass Beds

Des Moines Wreck
Normandy Park Beach, Normandy Park, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck,

Dockton Cruiser
Quartermaster Harbor, Maury Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Small Wreck,

Dockton Tricabin
Quartermaster Harbor, Maury Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Small Wreck,

Duwamish Head
Luna Park, Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Sandy flats Eel Grass Beds

Elliott Bay Marina Breakwater
Seattle, Washington
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Structures,

Four Mile Rock Barges
Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck,

Fox Island Bridge
Fox Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Structures,

Fox Island Ferry Landing
Fox Island, Washington
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Structures,

Fox Island, East Wall
Fox Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Eel Grass Beds

Fox Island, West Wall
Fox Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall

Grace Foss
Gig Harbor, Gig Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck,

Grain Terminal
Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry
Attractions: Debris, Structures,

Harpers Ferry - Pier
Port Orchard, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck, Small Wreck, Debris, Structures,

Illahee Tire Reef
Illahee State Park , Bremerton, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris, Tire Reef,

Itsami Reef
South Puget Sound, Olympia, Washington
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle

Kopachuck State Park
Kopachuck State Park, Gig Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck, Tire Reef, Eel Grass Beds

KVI Tower
Vashon Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Eel Grass Beds

Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva Park, Federal Way, WA
Type: Lake
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner
Entry: Easy Shore Entry
Attractions: Small Wreck,

Les Davis Park
Les Davis Park, Tacoma, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris,

Lincoln Park
Fauntleroy Bay, Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris, Eel Grass Beds

Maury Island Barges
Maury Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck, Debris,

Norranders Reef
Rockaway Beach Park, Bainbridge Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Orchard Rocks
Near Fort Ward, Bainbridge Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Marine Sanctuary Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Owen Beach
Point Defiance Park , Tacoma, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Small Wreck,

Point Defiance North Wall
Point Defiance, Tacoma, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall

Point Defiance West Wall
Point Defiance, Tacoma, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall

Point Fosdick
Gig Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Point Richmond Minesweeper
Point Richmond, Gig Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Remains of a 160 wooden hulled ship Large Wreck,

Quartermaster Wreck
Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck,

Redondo
Des Moines, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Small Wreck, Debris, Structures, Tire Reef, Junk Yard,

S.S. Burton
Gig Harbor, Gig Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck,

Salmon Beach
Near Point Defiance, Tacoma, Washington
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Junk Yard,

Salters Point
Gordon Point Park, Steilacoom, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Small Wreck,

Saltwater State Park
Des Moines, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris, Tire Reef, Eel Grass Beds

Shilshoal Breakwater
Shilshoal Bay Marina, Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Breakwater in front of the Shilshoal Bay Marina Structures,

Shilshole Bay Horizontal Barge
Near Discovery Park, Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck,

Shilshole Bay Vertical Barge
North of Discovery Park, Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck,

Steamboat Island Wall
Near Olympia, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Sunnyside Beach
Sunnyside Beach Park, Steilacoom, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Small Wreck, Pipeline,

Sunrise Beach
Sunrise Beach Park, Gig Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Tacoma Narrows Bridge - Caissons
Tacoma Narrows Bridge Pylons, Tacoma, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Caissons (Pylons) holding up the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Structures,

Tacoma Narrows Bridge - Drift Dive
North of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge along the East Shore, Tacoma, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Tacoma Narrows Bridge - Mooring Blocks
Tacoma, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris, Boulder Pile / Shelves

The Boss
Blakely Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck, Small Wreck,

The Dauntless
North of Golden Garden Park , Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Advanced stages of decay, Historical wreck Large Wreck,

The Murph
Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck,

The Smelter
The Old Smelter/Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Structures, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Three Tree North Point
Three Tree Point, Burien, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Small Wreck, Debris, Tire Reef, Junk Yard, Eel Grass Beds

Three Tree South Point
Burien, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris, Eel Grass Beds

Titlow
Titlow Beach, Tacoma, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris, Structures, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Toliva Shoal
Mid Channel between Fox Island and Steilacoom, Steilacoom / Chambers Bay, Washington
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Debris, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Tolmie
Tolmie State Park, Lacey, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck, Debris, Tire Reef,

Watermans Wall
Port Orchard, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Wreck at Taylor Bay
Key Penninsula
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck,

Wreck of The Omar
Seattle, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Zs Reef
Fox Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry
Attractions: Wolf Eels and Giant Pacific Octopus Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves

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Total Dive Sites: 75


 

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