Fox Island, West Wall Dive

Meet: 10:30 AM

Splash: No later than 11:30

Skill Lv: Beginner to Intermediate (Need Buoyancy control)

Fox Island, West Wall Dive:




Fox Island West Wall is known for its easy access, and the current here is very mild during tidal exchanges. That makes it a great second dive afterFox Island East Wall or the Fox Island Bridge. It is not as visually exciting as either of those two, but the scenery is a nice contrast and is worth the trip. In the end it is a fun and easy dive that can be pleasantly rewarding.

Once in the water, take a 200 – 210 heading and swim directly out from the parking lot entry. In 10-15ft the bottom drops off abruptly and you will begin to descend across the slope of the bottom. STAY on your heading though, the bottom doesn’t follow the shoreline so you will feel like you are swimming the wrong direction with the bottom sloping downward to your right but trust your compass! If you do succumb to following the slope downward you’ll never find the ledge. You will hit the wall at approximately 60fsw. If you didn’t find it then you probably need to turn left and swim in 60fsw until you get to the ledges. (that’s what you get for following the bottom instead of your compass!)

Although this site is referred to as Fox Island West Wall, I wouldn’t actually classify it as a wall dive but rather a ledge dive! It is full of fish and there are Octopus holes all over the wall. It is easy to navigate to and from…if you follow your compass!

Special Restrictions:

There is only enough parking for about 6 vehicles so carpool where possible and keep noise down so as not to annoy the residents.

How to get there:

There are so many turns to get here that you’re best just following a google map to the location. There is a link here on this site. but here's a brief description:

Take Hwy 16 across the Tacoma Narrows bridge and. Take the second exit after bridge and follow the signs to Fox Island. After the bridge to Fox Island, turn right on 9th Ave....then right on Kamus and follow it all the way down to end of street. Park on the side of the road, leaving enough room at the very end for people to turn around.

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  • Louise R.

    Fun ledge dive. I saw four big GPOs, I don't doubt there were more! The usual common rockfish and sculpin species, one giant (really giant) rainbow nudibranch and a tiny spotted aglaja.

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Adria A.

    Nice wall of big boulders. Big holes filled with big GPOs.

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Jeff W.

    Sorry, I suck at planning. Can't make this one. :-P

    January 24, 2014

  • Adria A.

    Will you explain the current? Slack is at 12:30pm, why do we want to splash no later than 11:30?
    Because of where it's located does the water actually move north on the flood and south on the ebb?

    January 20, 2014

    • Randy K.

      I was thinking of doing just one dive, but we can do 2, but just let me know. If you wish to do 2 dives then we need to be at the dive site around 9:00am.

      January 21, 2014

    • Adria A.

      I'm coming with Nathan. We were thinking of two dives but I guess they don't have to be both there. We are leaving Everett by 8am.

      1 · January 22, 2014

  • Jeff W.

    Worth getting nitrox?? Can I borrow a computer if so?

    January 21, 2014

  • Janney J.

    We are still in Victoria. Bummed to miss this one.

    January 18, 2014

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