Dive Deep Into Hood Canal

Wonderful story about diving in Hood Canal! Hood Canal is well known among scuba divers for its gentle currents and curious rock formations. Travelers the world over come for the chance to dive with the giant Pacific octopus, wolf eels, rockfish, and plumose anemones that reside in the clear waters of the canal. Shellfish gathering and underwater photography are popular. Recent low-oxygen situations make for an interesting laboratory for the diver interested in marine ecology. Preserves such as Octopus Hole and Sund Rock, near Hoodsport, are helping retain the beauty and mystery of this unique underwater environment.


Dive Locations on Hood Canal

Potlatch State Park
21020 U.S. 101 Shelton
Dive staging areas and canal access.

Jorstad Creek
Approximate location 37941 Hwy 101 Lilliwaup, WA
Park at turnout along road, steep climb down tree roots to get to beach, surface swim to the left to find the wall.

Octopus Hole
Located on Hood Canal between the towns of Lilliwaup and Hoodsport. Drive through Hoodsport to the Finch Creek Bridge (north side of town). Go north for 3.1 miles to a turnout on the right side of the roadway where the road drops down to the water and there are no trees between the road and the water.

Sund Rock
There are two ways to access Sund Rock from shore. One is to go to Hoodsport N Dive and pay a $15 access fee, the FREE way is via a trail through the woods and a surface swim. From Hoodsport 2.0 miles north of the Finch Creek Bridge to a turnout on the right side of the roadway, 1/2 mile past Mile Marker 330.

Hood Sport ‘N Dive
24080 U.S. 101 Hoodsport, WA

Triton Cove
Lilliwaup, WA

Mike’s Beach Resort
38470 U.S. 101 Lilliwaup, WA

12190 Rte 106, Union

Whip Garden
Northeast Mason County Tahuya area
+47° 26' 39.51", -123° 4' 49.85"

Local establishments that offer lessons and equipment:

Mike’s Beach Resort
38470 U.S. 101 Lilliwaup, WA
(360) 877-5324
Hood Sport ‘N Dive

(360) 877-6818

Important links:

License information for shellfish harvesting

Tide tables for Hood Canal