Hood Canal is a SCUBA diver's dream known for its gentle currents and peppered with curious rock formations. Travelers the world over come for a chance to dive with giant Pacific octopuses, wolf eels, rockfish, and plumose anemones that dwell in the clear waters of the canal. Recent low-oxygen situations make an interesting laboratory of the canal for those interested in marine ecology and the perfect place for shellfish gathering and underwater photography.

Committed to the protection of this natural wonder, preserves at Octopus Hole and Sound Rock near Hoodsport ensure that this proliferation of life will be around for years and years to come.


Dive Locations

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, but 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.

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
24080 U.S. Highway 101, Hoodsport, WA
(360) 877-6818

Important links

License information for shellfish harvesting

Tide Tables for Hood Canal