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May Shop Dive – Sund Rock
May 6, 2018
Divemaster – Paula Bailey
Large Wreck, Wall, Large Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves
Sund Rock is a private dive cove in Hood Canal boasting two walls (North Wall and South Wall) that house many wolf eels, giant octos, lingcod, rockfish and more. Beyond the wall you’ll find gardens of sea whips. Past the North Wall there is a recent wreck of a fishing vessel. It is well protected from current but large incoming tide exchanges can stir up the water a bit. Visibility tends to be less than 20 feet, but that is plenty of visibility for this area.
South Wall: From the parking lot, you’ll find the South Wall right off the tip of the obvious rock outcrop/point to your right. There is a small trail from the south end of the lot that leads right to the rock or you can hop in and make a short swim over to it. Drop down the rock wall on the South side of the rocks and follow the channel along the base of the wall which drops down to about 60’ and work your way back up it, taking time to look in the boulders at the base and the holes burrowed in the rock for octopus and wolf eels.
North Wall: The North Wall is marked by a white buoy right off the water access on the north end of the parking lot. Drop at the Buoy and descend to the top of the wall. The maximum depth will take you to about 60-70’. If you head to the left and just after you see where the wall peters out, drop down and continue North a short distance and you’ll encounter an impressive sea whip garden. The North wall is smaller in width than the Southern wall but also houses wolf eels and octopus.
Ship Wreck: Look to the North of the lot and there is an Orange buoy marking the bow of the sunken fishing vessel. Surface swim to the buoy and descend or take a good compass heading from the North wall and trek it underwater. The swim will seem longer than you think if you do it underwater but rest assured, it is there.
Central Wall: As an added bonus for those that brought enough air to keep exploring this location, there is another short wall straight out in front of the parking lot between the North and South walls. The top starts at about 80’. Beyond that you’ll find more sea whips.