Wall teaming with a variety of aquatic life. Known for diver friendly Wolf Eels and octopus.
Dive Site Name Day Island Wall
Current Sensitive: Yes, extremely sensitive, calculate for slack before Ebb and subtract an hour and a half for best entry time, do this in a low exchange day.
Location/Address: Day Island, Tacoma
Directions: From Tacoma, take Highway 16 East toward the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Take the Jackson street exit and turn left, heading south on Jackson. Turn right on 27th, and follow it as it curves and becomes Vista before crossing the Day Island Creek bridge onto Day island. There are only two roads running N/S on Day Island, drive on either one until you reach the E/W road. The beach access is parallel to this road on the West side of the island, park along the street and do not block any residential areas.
Free Parking: Yes, but limited- car pool if possible
Staging Area: None- short downhill trail to beach, no rocks or walls at beach to use for setup.
Surface Swim: short- there is a floating dock, swim a little past that, or until you can no longer see the bottom easily.
Nearby Facilities: Food and restrooms about a mile away on 27th (Pine Cone Cafe?)
Special Considerations: Be prepared for Wolf Eels, as you will be virtually guaranteed sightings- don’t feed em, and let them do the touching!
Maximum Depth: Wall starts at about 50’, and at the South end the top of the wall can be at 75-80 with a straight down drop to over 110.
Dive Site Description: Swim straight out from the entry, if the floating dock is there go to the North of it. Drop down and continue a straight West course, you should be funnelled down a gully in the center of the wall at about 50’. To the South the wall starts dropping deeper- at first there are two distinct wall segments with a ledge. Look for Wolf Eel dens at the base of the wall. Toward the south end the wall becomes straight up-and-down and Wolf Eels can be found anywhere on the face tucked into holes or even hanging out into the current. Turn at 1000 PSI and return to the start point, don’t go over the top of the wall until you are ready to swim in or you may have to contend with current as it picks up.