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Back  |  USA: Pacific Northwest   |  Straight of Juan de Fuca


Straight of Juan de Fuca Dive Sites


The Straight spans the northern Olympic Peninsula in Washington State from Neah Bay to Port Townsend. Hwy 12 runs from port Angeles to Neah Bay and presents a beautiful scenic drive with many shore dives along the way. Hwy 101 will take you from Port Angeles toward Port Townsend. It will also take you to Lake Crescent, Popular for its sheer walls and spectacular visibility, often exceeding 100 in water clarity.

The Straight of Juan de Fuca is an exciting dive adventure for the Northwest Diver. Rugged shores, crumbling cliffs and thick bull kelp forests merge to create spectacular natural reefs. The heavy current flow from the open ocean supports a wide variety of colorful life including sponges, soft corals, many types of anemones, huge beds of sea urchins, several varieties of greenling, rockfish and sculpin, plus frequent sightings of marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and whales.

Exposed to surf and wind waves, the often rocky shore entries or rocking boat exits can be challenging. Currents play an important factor to Straight divers also. Select a dive site that is protected from currents (included in most site descriptions), or dive during low tidal exchanges or at slack.

Refine your results to one of these sub regions:

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Bachelor Rock
Freshwater Bay County Park, Port Angeles, Washington
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Ediz Hook
Port Angeles, Washington
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Lots of sunken "dead-heads" Structures,

Lake Crescent
Pull-out at observation point, Lake Crescent - Port Angeles, WA
Type: Lake
Difficulty: Snorkling, Advanced
Entry: Moderate Shore Entry
Attractions: Small Wreck, Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle

Observatory Point Reef
Freshwater Bay, Port Angeles, Washington
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: No Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Pinacle Rock
Clallam Bay-Neah Bay, Washington
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

Salt Creek
Salt Creek County Park, Port Angeles, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Sekiu Jetty
Olsons Marina, Sekiu, Washington
Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: Easy Shore Entry, Boat Access
Attractions: Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest, Eel Grass Beds

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Total Dive Sites: 7


 

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