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Dive Review of Port Hole Dive Charters in
The Continental USA/Neah Bay, Washington

Port Hole Dive Charters, Sep, 2004,

by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 1317.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Grand & Little Cayman, Channel Islands, Cozumel, Akumal, Port Hardy British Columbia, Florida Keys, Hawaii (Kauai and Ni'ihau), Papua New Guinea.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 45 to 50 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 15 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions None really.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments No real accomodations for photographers, you are on your own.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 2 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Over Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of diving in the Neah Bay area in Washington state. This area, for me, represents what is the most adventurous and beautiful diving I've seen in the continental waters of the USA. Yet it is a relatively unknown area, other than to a few intrepid pacific northwest divers. It truly deserves more notoriety. I knew I was in for a treat as we motored out to Duncan Rock, with clouds and mist coming down from forested cliffs, and breathtaking surf crashing into seastacks and coastal rocks. On our first dive at Tatoosh Island, I was impressed by the underwater topography of ravines, boulders, along with the rather large anemonies and starfish. Several really huge sea lions joined our dive, and made for a very entertaining situation. A shore dive at the Seiku jetty was remarkable for extremely thick kelp forests which we would bottom crawl through (like bushwhacking through a jungle) among the boulders, seeing huge lingcod and seeing more nudibranchs of incredible size and color than I've seen anywhere. The kelp here is amazing, with both bull kelp and giant kelp species existing alongside one another. At third beach, another exiting dive site, schools of seabass and huge bottom fish, made for an entertaining dive. The best site, Waadah Island Fingers, was remarkable for wolf eels, red irish lords, hard coral, soft coral, really dense groups of anenomies, more sea lions, and lots more really healthy and large nudibranchs. This was a really sporty area with surge also, riding a twenty foot surge back and forth fifty feet deep was more surge than I've ever seen, and really a rush. It was easy to get out of the surge by going deeper or going between the remarkable canyons or ravines that are present here. A naturalist's paradise. The only negative? tons of fishermen and spearfishermen are for some reason allowed here and view this area as one of the best spearfishing sites around, which it probably is, for now. Sadly, I think this area is being dramatically overfished with many boats coming in to the docks with wheelbarrows full of bottom fish and sea bass. I was glad to be able to see this area while it still retains some amount of splendor, as the fish population seems to be in the process of extermination. Anybody out there know how to get a marine underwater park similar to the one at Edmonds established in the Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary, say one surrounding the fingers at Waadah Island? It would be nice if a small remnant of this area could be preserved!
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