Alki Seacrest Park (Cove 2)
Also commonly referred to as “Alki Cove 2” or just “Cove 2”, this dive site is one of the most popular in Seattle. For a first dive, enter the water and head down to the rock pile at approximately 45’ to look for Giant Pacific Octopus. On the way back, keep an eye out for Kelp Greenling, Vermillion Rockfish, and Red Irish Lords. For a second dive, make a surface swim to the piling, drop down and locate an old fishing boat called Honey Bear. Carefully check underneath the hull as Giant Pacific Octopus will den there. Head back to shore while admiring huge Plumose Anemone attached to old timber pilings, and Sunflower Stars on the silty bottom. Also observe Lingcod resting on rocks near the slope.
Alki Seacrest Park (Cove 2) makes a great night dive with the Seattle skyline brilliantly lit up in the background. Playful harbor seals will come close to divers, attracted to their dive lights. The site has a 2 hour parking lot, and restrooms and changing facilities plus a freshwater shower in the summer months. For lunch, check out Marination Ma Kai next door for a post dive beer on tap and some SPAM sliders. If you still have any energy left, Alki Kayak Tours is next door. You can rent a kayak and observe the California and Stellar sea lions resting on the navigation buoys in elliott Bay. Remember to stay away at least 100 yards from any marine mammal.
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