NW Dive Charters: Dalco Wall & Mile Marker 8

Meet:  8:00 am

Splash:  When we arrive

Skill Level:  Can handle diving from a boat

Locations:  Doing 2 dives, weather and divers that day will dictate dive sites. We are planning on Dalco Wall & Mile Marker 8 (Tacoma Narrows).

Cost:  $80/person

2 - Tanks

Dive Sites on the list:


Dalco Wall

Description

The top of the wall starts in about 40-50ftsw and is a spectacular site to see, if not a bit daunting. The wall is huge and beautifully sculpted. The bottom will be no where is sight as you crest the top of the wall but it will appear at[masked]ft depending on where you descend, and a second wall below that point will take you to depths well over 200ftsw. The wall is most notable for the beautiful sandstone seascape, crevices and massive appearance. The wall itself is relatively barren of large sea life and occupied primarily by scallops, sculpin, and other small creatures. If moving to the west, the wall ends just around the point from the entry in front of the bulkhead with some impressive sculpture, shelves and crevices. I am not sure how far it extends toward the ferry dock…yet. The shelf above the wall has more plant life and is home to greenling and other varieties of fish.


Mile Marker 8

Features

Wall, Boulder Pile / Shelves, Kelp Forest

Description


Drift diving Mile Marker 8 at the the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a thrilling and beautiful diving experience in a rapidly changing display of scenery. 

Near the shoreline you'll find beautiful kelp beds and framing short walls and ledges full of colorful sealife. The ledges run all along the east shoreline about 25'-35' deep with intermitted ledges, octopus and wolf eel dens. More short shelves and large boulders down continue to 80'+ where the substrate becomes mostly large cobble stone. The bottom becomes more dynamic as you get closer to the bridge. 

On a flood, put in south of the powerlines and drift south toward the bridge. On an ebb put in under the bridge or just south of it and drift north toward the powerlines. NOTE: It does not matter precisely where you chose to begin and end your dive as the entire shoreline is this area is very interesting, so don't feel like you are missing something if you don't make the entire stretch in one dive. 

Although the ledges continue both directions, the most dynamic and colorful portion of this area is south of the power lines and north of the bridge. Sandstone ledges to the north give way to clay ledges near and south of the bridge.


Sunrise Beach

Description

The main attraction of this site are the wolf eels tucked neatly in many of the holes found in the wall structure. There are many other species of sea life here as well including giant octopus. The wall is a series of large rock structures full of crevices, caves and boulders. It is a very beautiful, 3 dimensional dive…that is if you can look away from the wolf eels long enough to enjoy it!


http://www.northwestdivecharters.com

Call Capt. Bill for gate code: [masked] 

There is a coded gate entry and the gate is Red.

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  • Louise R.

    A good day out and not bad weather! Dalco Wall was a bit same-y - more shrimp than I've ever seen, a bunch of Red Irish Lords eating the shrimp, and not much else, no matter how hard we looked. Mile Marker 8 was a great spot, much more varied with a ton of life and endless holes to shine a light into. The current was tough at some points - it was definitely a hang onto the rocks and kelp experience towards the end. But Mile Marker 8 is a pot I'd love to dive again, I don't think I even scratched the surface of what's down there.

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • James M.

    This was a fun trip. Went deep on Dalco Wall (ok, 118 ft) and saw lots of shrimp and a few sculpins and Irish lords. Got hit by current at the top of the wall. Did a fun drift dive around Mile Marker 8. Had fun piking around the rocks.

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • Curt L.

    Sorry guys, have to work. Have a great dive!

    December 12, 2013

  • Curt L.

    How many tanks do I need to rent?

    November 9, 2013

    • Randy K.

      2 if you wish to do both dives.

      November 30, 2013

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