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

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 1317
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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
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
45   to 50    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None really.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
No real accomodations for photographers, you are on your own.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
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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