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Back  |  USA: Pacific Northwest   |  San Juan Islands


San Juan Islands Dive Sites

The San Juans are a sought after dive destination for Pacific Northwest Divers. Easily accessible by boat from Anacortes or on board one of the local dive charters, divers can experience an abundance of colorful Pacific Northwest sea life among the natural rocky reefs, current forged channels and thick kelp forests. Wide varieties of colorful crab, urchins, corals and sponges cover the rocks while schools of rockfish and perch. Along the bottom you’ll find various species of greenling, swimming scallops and other shellfish, octopus and wolf eels and countless nudibranchs.

The spectacular life is due to the intense currents that weave their way through the San Juans. Storms can also cause unfavorable surface conditions. Visibility varies with the tides and water conditions. There are a few accessible shore dives in the San Jauns but local dive charters are familiar with the conditions and can provide a safe and exciting San Jauns diving experience.

Refine your results to one of these sub regions:

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Agate Beach County Park
San Juan Islands, Lopez Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Eel Grass Beds

Allen Island
San Jauns, Allen Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Caves, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Battleship Island west side

Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Kelp Forest

Bell Island
San Juan Islands, Near Orcas Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves

Breakfast Rock
Friday Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle

Broken Point
Eastsound, Shaw Island, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Brown Island
Friday Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Brown Rock
San Juan Islands, Orcas Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Brunch Rock
Friday Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Kelp Forest

Danger Rock
Friday Harbor - San Juan Island, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Deadman Bay
San Juan Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

Doe Bay
San Juan Islands, Orcas Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves

Doe Island
San Juan Islands, Orcas Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Eagle Cove
San Juan Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Flat Top Island
Eastsound /Roche Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Friday Harbor Seiner
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Wreck,

Frost Island
San Juan Islands, Lopez Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall

Gull Rocks
San Juan Islands, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle

Harbor Rock
Near San Juan Island, Washington
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle

Harney Channel
Orcas Island, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Kellett Bluff
Henry Island, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Advanced, Technical
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle

Larrys Lair
Friday Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

Lime Kiln Point
Lime Kiln Point State Park, San Juan Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Kelp Forest

Long Island
Long Island (near Lopez Island)
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Long Island North
Lopez Island, Washington
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Mummy Rocks
San Jaun Islands, Lopez Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Odlin County Park
San Juan Islands, Lopez Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Beginner
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves

ONeil Island East
Near San Juan Island, Washington
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall

ONeil Island North
Near San Juan Island, Washington
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall

Point George
Shaw Island, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Reef Point
Friday Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle

Reid Rock
Friday Harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Kelp Forest

Research Wall
Friday harbor, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle

Reuben Tarte Park
San Juan Island, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Rosario Wall
San Juan Islands, Orcas Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves

San Juan County Park
San Juan Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Sentinal Island West
Near San Juan Island, Washington
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Sentinal Rock
Near San Juan Island, Washington
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced, Technical
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Kelp Forest

South Beach
San Juan Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Long Sandy Beach

Turn Island
San Juan Islands, Near San Juan Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Turn Point
San Juan Islands, Stuart Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Caves

Turn Rock Light
Turn Island, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Yellow Island - West Side
Eastsound - San Juan Island, WA
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Kelp Forest

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Total Dive Sites: 43


 

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