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USA: California Coast - The California Coast offers SCUBA divers cold to moderate temperatures which sustain a spectacular variety of sea life. This diving region includes dive sites and galleries in Monterey, Catalina, the Channel Islands and the California Coast.
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Rosario Beach - Northwest Island
Rosario Park Picnic Area , Anacortes, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry , Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Kelp Forest

Surrounded by walls and shelves, guarded by a barrier of thick kelp and exposed to the currents from Deception Pass make Northwest Island at Rosario Beach a beautiful and exciting dive for the advanced diver. The Outside of the Island and around the points are a series of tall walls extending from the surface to over 100' with ledges, crevasses, and overhangs. The inside of the Island (east side) is less dramatic, mostly large boulders and cascading shelves down to about 45' where it flattens out into the cove of Rosario Beach.

Due to the difficult access to this site and its potential currents, it is teaming with life. Large beds of swimming scallops, huge sea urchins, schools of rockfish and perch, kelp greenling and lingcod, and all sorts of sponges and other invertebrates are just the obvious sights as you enter the water at the island. The west side of the island (outside) and around the points are the most exciting portions to explore.

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