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The cold, emerald waters of the Pacific Northwest are a real treat for Scuba diving. This region of the website includes dive sites and galleries in the Puget Sound, Hood Canal, the San Juans, and the Oregon and Washington coasts. Divers in the Pacific Northwest are presented a large variety of life, ample dive locations, and dynamic diving opportunities such as walls, bull kelp forests, drift dives and dive parks.
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Orchard Rocks
Near Fort Ward, Bainbridge Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Snorkling, Intermediate, Advanced
Entry: None Shore Entry , Boat Access
Attractions: Marine SanctuaryLarge Rock Formation / Pinnacle, Boulder Pile / Shelves

Orchard Rocks are a collection of rock pinnacles accessible by boat off southern Bainbridge Island by Fort Ward State Park. It is an interesting dive site with rock ledges and moderately shallow depths.

As you approach the site you'll see a Triangular navigational maker on the southern rock. Larger formations lie north of this marker. Depths range from intertidal to just over 40 ft deep and drop from the exposed rocks in a series of ledges and crevices ranging from a couple feet tall to about 10 ft in height, broken up by boulders, interesting bedrock and cobble substrate. On the channel side of the marker the bottom continues to drop to about 70 ft before giving way to the strongly current swept channel. There are ledges inside of the channel marker as well but are less dramatic, although somewhat more protected from the current.

Bull kelp and red kelp are prolific here as well is a variety of sea life. The normal varieties of rockfish are present along with perch, geenling, and sculpin. In addition to fish, there are plenty of invertebrates, especially orange sea cucumbers, crab, and nudibranchs, diving sea birds and seals which often haul out on the rocks during low tide. Stellar sea lions are also commonly seen resting on the navigational markers.

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