Diving at Mike's.
Living in the northwest, we're fortunate to have access to some of the best shore diving in the world. Hood canal and puget sound offer some great diving, right in our own backyards. In less than an hour (from olympia) you can be in the water enjoying the awesome underwater world.
Local waters are abundant with sealife. You'll see giant pacific octopus, wolf eels, rockfish, plumose anemones, oysters, clams, crabs, salmon, shrimp, squid, scallops, sponges, nudibranchs and lingcod to name a few. Plant life gives spectacular color to underwater walls and rock structures. Typically, water temperature averages from a low of 45 degrees in the winter to a high of 50-60 degrees in the summer. Most people dive in drysuits or wetsuits with a hood, boots and gloves.
Mikes beach is perfect biginners and advanced.
Mike's beach has long been a respected scuba diving destination.
Right out front, artificial and natural structures support sea life in a very safe environment, suitable for classes and novice divers as well as night dives and second dives. Most of the structure is within a 40 foot depth, and a wide bowl provides a good area of controlled depth. A canyon off the north end of our dock gives quick access to waters over 100 feet deep. Marine life in this area includes anemones, rock fish, perch, and giant pacific octopus on structures around 60 feet.
The two extensive south reefs offer interesting diving for beginner, intermediate and advanced divers. Access is from shore, by boat, or by dive kayak. The reefs are stepped, with profuse life around 20 feet, at 40 to 50 feet, and cloud sponge gardens around 100 feet. Rockfish abound, as do lingcod and perch. Plumose anemones cover the rocks, and wolf eels and giant pacific octopus are plentiful.
Our waterfront air fill station fills large groups of tanks, including high-pressure din tanks, virtually instantly. We're using the latest ingersoll-rand compressor, which delivers 21 cfm and 5000 psi. 12 high-pressure titanium-steel banks and 7 fill whips mean your group can spend your time diving, instead of waiting for air. Nitrox fills are available down the road in hoodsport.
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Mikes Beach Resort is located on Hood Canal, WA. We offer romantic waterfront cabins and rooms, with an amazing view of the canal.
We have showers, tent camping, RV spaces, clam and oyster gathering, a boat lauch, a kids play area, scuba air fills, and scuba gear drying room.
Flag Pole Point Dive Site Access.
"flag-pole point" is one of the most popular dive sites on hood canal, this site can only be accessed by boat, or through our property, access is free to resort guests, non resort guests must pay $20 per person for beach access to the site.
Flag Pole Point.
There are at least two dives sites at flag pole point. The first one is just off the point and shallow. The second dive sight, this one, i call flag pole point east is further out from shore and much deeper. The site formation starts at about 60', runs parallel to shore in a north-south direction. The eastern side of the site turns into a steep and sheer wall dropping off into the canal with depths exceeding recreational dive limits. The main area of the site is like a little mountain range rising up from the canal floor with peaks and valleys. The irregular formation offers many ledges and crevices which make excellent homes to a wide variety of sea life, including one of the largest concentrations of cloud sponge i have seen.
There is something about this site that draws large sized copper rockfish to school that i have not found elsewhere in either hood canal or puget sound. During certain months i have seen a great number of male lingcods on eggs (note: this site is protected from fishing of any kind, actively regulated by the washington fish and wildlife department, and monitored by the residents of flag pole point). The numerous crevices offer wonderful dens to wolfeels and giant pacific octopus. I have yet to dive this site without seeing both of these critters in a single dive. This site supports the biggest concentration of cloud sponge i have ever seen. Cloud sponge is beautiful and intriguing. Shining a light into its many cavities will typically reveal small critters like crabs, shrimp, and juvenile rockfish. Tucked among the bases of the cloud sponge are different varieties of sea stars including the ever predatorial giant sunflower stars which do grow big here just like everythign else on this healthy site.