Whidbey Island Dive Center - Oak Harbor, WA
Whidbey Island Dive Center - Oak Harbor, WA

Dive Whidbey Island

Deception Pass

Pass Island

Strawberry Island

Polnell Point

Ebey's Landing

Keystone Underwater Park

Admiralty Beach

Tire Reef

Langley Tire Reef

Glendale

Gedney Island

Possession Point

Possession Point Ferry Wreck


Dive Fidalgo Island

Washington Park

Fidalgo Head

Skyline

Biz Point

Sares Head

Northwest Island

Rosario Beach

Coffin Rocks

Deception Island

Octopus Rocks


Dive Camano Island

Onamac Point


Dive the Mainland

Mukilteo State Park

100' Rock

Edmonds Underwater Park


Buddy Board

Edmonds Underwater Park

Recommended type of dive: Shore

How to dive this site: The waterfront at Brackett's landing was established at Edmonds Underwater Park in 1970 by the State of Washington. Sunk in 1935 to provide a breakwater for the Kingston Ferry, the Delion Dry Dock was the main attraction of the park at the time. Two massive support walls over 300' in length are 100' apart just north of the ferry terminal. In 1972 the 94-foot tugboat "Alitak" was added to the park, the remains of which lie directly east and adjacent to the dry dock. Sitting on a sandy bottom in roughly 40' of water, the 80-foot tug "Triumph" is one of the more recent additions to the park.

Diving opportunities here are endless as there are plenty of wrecks, cement reefs, and other structures to explore. The entire park is laid out with thick rope trails on the bottom. Each are named, as if they were streets in a city. Most even have signs marking them at their intersection. The trails run north and south (parallel to shore), and east and west (perpendicular to shore). An updated map is posted on the outside of the public restroom building inside the park. The best way to dive here is to consult the map outside the restrooms and decide on a route to take underwater. Take note of the directions you will need to go and the turns you will have to make.

To dive the dry-dock, swim out to the orange float at the southern boundary of the park and descend down 15' or so to the bottom. Follow the trail called "DeLion Way" until reaching the Alitak. Continue west until reaching the dry dock. Many huge rockfish, cabezon and lingcod find shelter in the framework of the huge structure resembling a shipwreck. 100' south of the northern support wall is a second wall. This is less explored as there is the potential danger of getting lost and/or swept into the ferry lane. After exploring the dry-dock return to the shore or head north to explore the Fossil.

To reach the Triumph, surface swim out to the end of the jetty and descend. Find the rope trail called "Jetty Way" and head west past the trails called "Telegraph Way" and "Northern Lights." Take a right turn on the trail just west of "The Cathedrals." Head down this trail fifty feet or so and look to the west. You will see the dark shadow of the Triumph. The bottom of the wreck is in roughly 40' of water and the top of the wheelhouse is at 20'. After exploring the outside of the wreck head east and back into shore. As the wreck is wooden and decaying, it is not advised that you go inside. Plan your return conservatively as you will need to do a long surface swim if you run low on air.

The northern most area is explored the most but has the potential for many good dives. No hunting or collecting is allowed in the park. Night diving is by permit only, available through the Parks Department. Divers must be certified or in training, dive with a buddy and have a buoyancy compensator.

HAZARDS: Long surface swims, ferry boats, current, entrapments. Lingcod and cabezon are particularly aggressive toward divers in February and March when they are protecting their eggs.

Directions to the site: GPS Coordinates: N. 47 48.890 W. 122 23.150.

From the north - Take I-5 South until reaching South Everett. Take the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry exit, Highway 104 West, into Edmonds. Follow the same route as the cars going onto the ferry only don't go through the toll booth line, stay to the left and then take a left on Main Street. Just after passing over the railroad tracks take an immediate right into Brackett's Landing Park.

From the south - Take I-5 North until reaching South Everett. Take the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry exit, Highway 104 West, into Edmonds. Follow the same route as the cars going onto the ferry only don't go through the toll booth line, stay to the left and then take a left on Main Street. Just after passing over the railroad tracks take an immediate right into Brackett's Landing Park.