Alki Beach Junk Yard
This dive site is a delightful park at the end of Alki Ave., in the funky Alki section of West Seattle. It features a long sandy beach with retainer wall, 3 staircases down to the beach, and a shady grass area with picnic tables and BBQ pits. The park has restrooms, restaurants nearby, and lots of room.
Try entering the water using the far southwest stairs, then swim out and descend at the eelgrass beds around 25′. From there, follow the slope down to 60′-60′ and head northeast, checking out the man-made reef like structures. Look for both Brown Rockfish & Quillback rockfish, Rock sole, Painted greenling, Plumose anemone, Red rock crab, and Orange sea pen. During your safety stop, stay in the eel grass beds and look for Tube-snout and small invertebrates such as Northern kelp crab, White-lined dirona, and Coonstripe shrimp. The mud beds out in front of Alki beach are used for feeding by Grey whales in the spring and summer and it’s not uncommon to see them breaching close to shore. Orca can also be seen at Alki beach, traveling between Puget Sound and Elliott Bay. Also keep a lookout for Harbor seal pups resting on the stairs leading down to the beach. If you do see a Harbor seal pup on the beach or stairs, call Seal Sitters hotline at (206) 905-7325.
The water in front of Alki beach has lots of boat traffic, remember to always use a dive flag. The water can be choppy at this site due to its location at the mouth of Elliott Bay. Finish you dive day with a hearty meal at Loulay Kitchen & Bar, a traditional French brasserie downtown that uses locally sourced produce and shellfish.
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