THE HOOD CANAL
The Hood Canal is a long, narrow fjord off the Puget Sound separating the Kitsap Peninsula from the Olympic Peninsula. The Canal’s seven year closure to bottom fishing has resulted in a grand proliferation of the rockfish population. Today, divers can enjoy many varieties and sizes of these colorful fish. Wolf eels and the Giant Pacific Octopus are some of larger sea creatures to behold in the Canal. Popular boat dives include The Pinnacle, a large irregular rock formation surrounded by Wolf eels, Lingcod and other large sea life; and Pulali Point, known for its rock structure and invertebrate life.
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The Pinnacle
Located about 1/3 mile south of Wawa Point, The Pinnacle, aka The Seamount and The Mound, is a cone-shaped rocky formation rising up from the Hood Canal sea floor (100'+) and topping off at about 30' below the surface. The top of the formation is very irregular, about 30' by 60' with a rocky ridge running in a northeasterly to southwesterly direction. On the north side, a rock face begins at about 30’ and descends to around 45’. The east side is comprised of large rocky slopes and drop-offs. The ridge that runs along the top continues down to a small bolder slope on the south end, leveling off at about 85’. You will almost always find a pair of Wolf eels here. Continuing on, you can explore the west side, which is less dramatic than the east side, or follow a small ravine back to the top. Once on top, explore the rock formations and abundant sea life there, then work your way to the highest point for your safety stop. There's something for everyone here, and it's an incredible night dive!

This site offers the opportunity to see a lot of large sea life including Wolf eels, octopus, big Lingcod, and rockfish. You will also find Lithoid Crab in the cracks, Squat Lobster, nudibranch, and Red and White Sea Cucumber. At the shallower depths you will find gobies, warbonnets, gunnels, Grunt Sculpin, Sailfin Sculpin and more. This is a great site to test your identification skills.

The Pinnacle is perfect for open water or advanced divers, photography, and naturalist and night dives. The site is void of any sheer drops, making it accessible to confident beginners, as well.

Pulali Point West Wall
Pulali Point is located in north-central Hood Canal. The Point is on the west side of Dabob Bay, and is identified by a large green and white navigational marker. It is an immense and spectacular destination offering several different dives. The West Reef is suitable for intermediate to advanced divers who want to go deep!

Descending from the southwest point of the detached rock off shore, you will reach the top of a cascading wall starting around 60'-70' deep. The wall is about 50 yards wide, and falls in a series of steep ledges, crevices and some sheer drops to over 120'. Continue downward to your desired depth and zig-zag your way back up, exploring as you go.

In the deep (beginning at around 60’) you can expect to see the wide variety of rockfish that live in the area. These may include Copper, Quillback, Yellowtail, Brown, Vermillion, Black, Blue, and Yelloweye. There are some large Lingcod as well as Kelp Greenling. In the cracks during the day you should find Hairy Lithoid Crab and Helmut Crab.

As you reach shallower water (15’ to 30’) the color brightens with varieties of kelp, sponges, tunicates, a variety of nudibranch and lots of crab, including Decorator, Kelp, Dungeness, and Red Rock. You will see gobies, ronquil and Long Fin sculpin, as well as warbonnets, gunnels, schools of perch, and maybe one of the harbor seals that populate the area.


Other Good Hood Canal Dives


Pulali Point East Wall
Pulali Point’s East Wall is characterized by dynamically cascading reefs and numerous sheer drops that make the site most suitable for strong intermediate, advanced and technical divers. Multiple rocky fingers begin to appear about 40’ deep, in some areas measuring as much as 50 yards wide, and extend outward in walls, crevices and ledges to depths of over 150’. The fingers reach toward the bottom, and are separated by areas of sand and silt. There are many holes and vertical fractures to explore. This site truly warrants several dives in order to appreciate its diversity of life and structure.

Many people dive this site just to explore the deep rock walls and formations, overlooking the shallower water and its colorful array of kelp, sponges, tunicates, nudibranchs and crab.
GPS 47 44.362 N 122 51.045 W

Pulali Point South Fingers
To the south and slightly west of the East Wall, there is a shallow area that consists of irregular rocky terrain, walls, and rocky fingers that extend outward from the Point to deep water. At this site you can get a feel for what the deep walls are on the east side without going over 70’. It is an excellent spot for beginning and intermediate divers not yet ready for deeper waters. For advanced and technical divers there is dramatic vertical structure starting at 70’ and dropping to over 150’.

Large leafy rack kelp covers much of the reef above 30' but below this divers will find a great deal of colorful life. Gunnels, warbonnets, gobies, ronquil and sculpin dart everywhere while the reef is arrayed in colorful invertebrates such as crab, nudibranchs, anemones, sea squirts, cucumbers, and stars. Toward the deeper reaches of the reef you'll encounter a variety of rockfish, Kelp Greenling and Lingcod.
GPS 47 44.163 N 122 51.164 W

Black Point
Black Point forms the southern entrance to Pleasant Harbor. The Point forms a shallow bay on the north side and three small coves on the east side separated by rocky fingers. The dive site is on the southeast corner of the Point. Depth along the bottom of the reef is about 45’.

If you descend on the south side near the Madrona tree at about 20’ you will find the beginning of a reef that wraps around the Point to the east and extends to the north. The beginning of the reef is an irregular rock structure that drops off almost vertically to an average depth of 45’. As you approach the north end of the reef you will find a small wall with vertical cracks. Explore these cracks carefully for Wolf eel, octopus and smaller critters like Sailfin Sculpin and warbonnets. The rock ends with a wide vertical crack from bottom to top. From here you can follow the rock around to the west and upward to explore the top of the reef. Or you can continue to the north and traverse a mostly flat bottom for about 60 yards to find another reef. The first things you will see are some rocks, then a tire reef that extends to the east. Past the tire reef you will find a natural rock reef to explore with a maximum depth of about 60’. If you look closely you should find Wolf eel and octopus here. This rocky structure continues a short distance to the north and all the way to the surface. You can explore the shallow areas while making your safety stop.

Expect to see lots of rockfish, Lingcod, Wolf eel, octopus, nudibranchs, Red and White Sea Cucumber, the ever-present gobies, gunnels and anenomies. You will see Dungeness, Red Rock, Decorator, and Kelp Crab.
This is an excellent site for open water divers, photography and naturalist dives. It’s a good spot for the third dive of a three-tank day.
GPS 47 39.700 N 122 54.112 W

Goby Garden/Rosie’s Ravine
This is a dual purpose dive site suitable for divers of all skill levels. Novice divers can explore the shallow ledges of Goby Garden while advanced divers who want to explore the deep can continue downward to Rosie’s Ravine and then explore a shallow reef to the south. The two sites are located about 3.5 miles south of Pleasant Harbor. Starting from the small cove north of the rock bluff (Rocky Point), the Goby Garden follows the contour of the bluff in a series of ledges that stair-step downward from 35' to 50'. The ledges are home to colorful invertebrates and small fish - including the Black-Eyed Goby.

Rosie's Ravine is a deep dive (about 75’ to 120’ or more) to a wall loaded with Wolf eels and octopus. The top of the wall will be encountered at 75' and the ragged cascading bedrock with cracks and crevices drops to 120' and continues in a deep ravine. Large schools of black rockfish, solitary Lingcod and large Copper Rockfish can be seen while inspection of the crevices will uncover Giant Pacific Octopus and many Wolf eels. Safety stops can be done in a shallow reef to the south of the bluff as you ascend from the Ravine. This dive should be reserved for advanced divers.
GPS 47 37.908 N 122 56.418 W

Fulton Creek North
For the adventurous diver that likes to explore, there is some interesting structure north of Fulton Creek and south of McDonald Cove. Just north of a sandy beach on the north side of Fulton Creek starting in about 40’ of water you’ll find a rocky finger heading southeast to a depth of about 95’. To the north of that, across a sandy bottom, you should find some rock structure from 60’ to 90’. A little further north, closer to shore in 40’ to 80’ you’ll find another rocky finger that extends out to the southeast. Still further north, just south of McDonald Cove, you’ll find a variety of structure including small ledges and terraces, boulders, and maybe a swim-thru formed by large boulders. Wolf Eels, Giant Pacific Octopus, Lingcod and a variety of rockfish are found throughout this area. There can be some current here on a large exchange making good habitat for a variety of invertebrates. Divers who like to get away from the popular sites and explore will like this area. You’ll need a boat to access this area. If you’re exploring, a live boat pickup would be best. This area covers about .4 miles of shoreline.

Fulton Creek North GPS coordinates
47 37.100N 122 57.996W on the southern end
47 37.352N 122 57.484W on the northern end


LODGING

Elk Meadows B&B
3485 Dosewallips Road
Brinnon, WA 98320-9645
(360) 796-4886
http://www.elkmeadowswa.com/
Bayshore Motel
306142 Highway 101
Brinnon, WA 98320
360-796-4220
800-488-4230
http://emeraldtowns.com/directory/listing.php?id=155
Harbor House
309257 U.S. Highway 101
Brinnon, WA, 98320
http://www.theharborhouse.virtualave.net/
Houseboats For Two
308913 U.S. Highway 101
Brinnon, WA, 98320
http://www.houseboats4two.com/
Windermere Vacation Rentals
31 Brinnon Lane
Brinnon, WA, 98320
http://www.windermerehoodcanal.com/
Cove RV Park
303075 U.S. Highway 101
Brinnon, WA, 98320
http://www.hikercentral.com/campgrounds/121477.html
Cove Park Motel
303075 Hwy. 101
Brinnon, WA, 98320
1-360-796-4723
Mount Walker Inn
On scenic Highway 101
61 Maple Grove Road
Quilcene, WA
(360) 765-3410
http://www.mountwalkerinn.com/

Dabob Bay Cottage
840 Piper Rd
Quilcene, WA, 98376
http://www.dabobbaycottage.com/
River Cabin Getaway
281 Lords Lake Loop Road
Quilcene, WA 98376
(360) 765-3576
http://www.rivercabingetaway.com/


DINING
The Emerald Towns of Quilcene and Brinnon offer both fine and casual dining experiences. World famous, local Dabob Bay and Hamma Hamma oysters are served at nearly every eatery in town, so don't miss out on getting yours fresh and from the source!

Halfway House Restaurant
41 Brinnon Lane
Brinnon, WA 98320
(360) 796-4715
http://www.emeraldtowns.com/directory/listing.php?id=40
A family restaurant featuring home-made soups, pies, daily specials, and an espresso bar.
Olympic Timber House Restaurant
295534 U.S. 101
Quilcene, WA 98376-9559
(360) 765-3500
Creative menu with seasonal specials featuring all natural prime rib, steaks, and fresh local seafood. Open seven days a week - year round. Offering lunch, dinner, and breakfast on weekends.
Logger’s Landing
295023 U.S. 101
Quilcene, WA 98376
(360) 765-3161
http://www.emeraldtowns.com/directory/listing.php?id=219
Top-notch logger sized breakfasts starting at $4.25. Featuring the best bacon around and Logger’s famous homemade biscuits and gravy.
Twana Roadhouse
294793 U.S. 101
Quilcene, WA 98376
(360) 765-6485
Best pizza in town!
Geoduck Tavern
307103 U.S. 101
Brinnon, WA 98320-9712
(360) 796-4430
Best view and outdoor deck to enjoy a meal, drinks, or hors d'oeuvres! A Great place to come watch the game or hang out with locals and have a drink.
 


NON-DIVING ACTIVITIES
The Hood Canal area offers wonderful opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, waterfall and wildflower viewing, shellfish harvesting, camping, and much more. Click on the following link for information. http://www.emeraldtowns.com/tourism/recreation.php