Just South of Point Defiance Park and with a view of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, is Titlow Beach. The dive site is essentially the old ferry dock and pilings that ran before the first Narrows bridge was built in 1940. On a sunny winter day, Titlow Beach can be one of the most beautiful dive sites in Puget Sound. The best time to dive Titlow Beach is during high slack, swimming strait out to the pilings and descending down to the shallow (40′-45′) bottom. Divers can then make an L-shape tour around the pilings, taking in the thousands of Plumose anemone clinging to the upright pilings. Also keep on the lookout for Giant barnacle, Scalyhead sculpin, Buffalo sculpin, Red irish lord, and California sea cucumber.
For a second dive, try the wall south of the pilings and over from of Steamer’s Seafood Cafe, looking for Wolf eel dens and Giant pacific octopus. Due to the currents, Titlow Beach should be avoided except during slack. The site has benches for gearing up, a freshwater shower in the summer months, and Steamer’s Seafood Cafe next door for a post dive meal. Parking is along 6th avenue (drop you gear off first, then park) while restrooms are next door in Titlow park.
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