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

Rosario Beach

Recommended type of dive: Shore and Kayak

How to dive this site: There are a few possibilities for diving at this location. It is recommended however, that you enter the water to the west of Fidalgo Head by Urchin Rocks. You are somewhat protected from the current there. Make your descent from shore and head roughly southwest. It is relatively shallow (30 - 35') and you should dive here on a slack before an ebb. This will give you more room in the water to explore all the cracks and crevices of Urchin Rocks. If possible, continue on to the southwest around Rosario Head and the kelp bed. End your dive in Sharpe Cove. Be careful of boat traffic and fishermen around the small dock. It is common for boats and other personal watercraft to be present here in the summer months.

For kayak divers - The kelp bed of Rosario Head makes for fantastic diving. You can either anchor or tether your boat and explore the outskirts of the kelp. Launching your vessel can easily be done from the beach and boat launch at Bowman Bay.

Directions to the site: GPS Coordinates: N.48 25.018 W. 122 39.934.

From Anacortes: Follow SR20 south past Pass Lake and turn right onto Rosario Road. Follow Rosario for less than a mile and take a left onto Rosario Beach Road. Continue down the hill to the park. If open, park in the lower parking lot. NOTE: The lower parking lot entrance is closed for the winter from October 1 until April 1 requiring that a short walk with your equipment be made.

From Oak Harbor: Take SR20 north over Deception Pass bridge. Take the first left onto Rosario Road. Follow Rosario for less than a mile and take a left onto Rosario Beach Road. Continue down the hill to the park. If open, park in the lower parking lot. NOTE: The lower parking lot entrance is closed for the winter from October 1 until April 1 requiring that a short walk with your equipment be made.

To Bowman Bay: Follow the directions above for the direction you are heading. Turn onto Rosario Road right next to Pass Lake on Fidalgo Island. Immediately to your left is the road to Bowman Bay. Kayak launch is possible here.