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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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Blakely Harbor Reefs
Port Blakely , Bainbridge Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: None Shore Entry , Boat Access
Attractions: Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Eel Grass Beds

Blakely Harbor is a fantastic location for divers or all levels. It is well protected from the currents and weather, and is in close proximity to boat launches (such as Alki). Since this location requires boat access it is less frequented by divers thus teaming with countless varieties of fish and invertebrates. There are three dive sites marked with large orange mooring buoys at the point.

  • Northern Buoy: Metridium Wall

    As you hit the bottom of the line at about 30' turn north and swim through the short crevice. Turn right when it opens up and you’ll be at a beautiful life covered wall, only about 12’ high but covered with creatures. From here you can swim all around the stacked rocky reef and follow a narrow finger down to greater depths. The southern side of the finger exposes more short walls and ledges.

  • Middle Buoy: Liker's Reef

    It isn’t a true Pinnacle but rather a very dynamic finger jetting out from the point then has a series of walls and abrupt ledges all the way around. From the bottom of the buoy line turn west toward shore and you’ll swiftly be greeted by exciting structures that possess endless possibilities to explore. The top is as shallow as 8’ in at its highest point and drops off on both the north and south sides to 30-60’.

  • Southern Buoy: The Boulders

    The bottom of the buoy line sits beyond 70’ so it is an exciting drop into a series of very large boulders and rocky structures. Though the reef life in this area is more sterile that the other two sites in the harbor, it still boasts some large lingcod and interesting landscapes.

This site can be entertaining to the Free Diver too! Try out the center Buoy and swim toward shore until you see the top of the pinnacle, or you can anchor near the shore and explore the beginnings of the fingers. This site may be accessed by shore from Rockaway Beach Park at Norrander's Reef if you are willing to make a long surface swim along the shore, or by kayak form the same beach.

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