Cove 2

Shop Staff   May 20, 2023

Alki Seacrest Park (Cove 2)

Frequently referred to as “Alki Cove 2” or just “Cove 2”, this site is one of the most frequently visited dive sites in Puget Sound.  Just minutes from downtown Seattle and with easy access to parking and the beach, this is the perfect site to visit on the weekend or for a quick dive during the week after work.  With very little current, even on days with large tide exchanges, this site provides great diving on just about any day of the year during the day or at night!

Here are the key characteristics of the Cove 2 Dive Site:

  1. Location: Cove 2 is situated in West Seattle, providing easy access from Seattle and the surrounding areas. It is a shore diving site, meaning divers enter the water from the shoreline, eliminating the need for a boat.

  2. Marine Life: The underwater environment at Cove 2 is rich in marine life. Divers can expect to encounter a wide variety of species, including rockfish, lingcod, sculpins, wolf eels, sea cucumbers, nudibranchs, octopuses, crabs, and more. The site's diverse ecosystem is a highlight for underwater photographers and marine enthusiasts.

  3. Underwater Topography: Cove 2 offers a diverse underwater terrain, including rocky reefs and artificial structures like pilings and sunken objects. These features provide shelter and attachment points for marine creatures, making the site an exciting place for exploration.

  4. Currents: While the Puget Sound region can experience tidal currents, Cove 2 is generally considered a relatively calm and sheltered site. However, divers should remain aware of the tide schedule and plan their dives accordingly.

  5. Visibility: Visibility at Cove 2 can vary due to factors like weather conditions and tidal movement. On good days, visibility can range from 20 to 50 feet (6 to 15 meters), providing excellent underwater visibility and photo opportunities.

  6. Depth: The site offers a range of depths suitable for divers of varying experience levels. Depths typically vary from 20 to 100 feet, with deeper areas available for those seeking more advanced diving experiences.

  7. Access: Cove 2 is accessible from a designated entry point along the shoreline, with a relatively easy entry into the water. Parking is available nearby, and there are facilities such as restrooms, picnic areas, and except for the winter, an outdoor rinse shower for dive gear.

  8. Night Diving: Cove 2 is known for its excellent night-diving opportunities. Divers often explore the site after dark to witness the nocturnal behaviors of marine life. Night diving offers a unique perspective of the underwater world.

  9. Community and Training: Cove 2 has a vibrant diving community, and local dive shops often organize group dives and events at the site. It's also a popular location for dive training, including open water certification and advanced diving courses.

In summary, Cove 2 in West Seattle, Washington, offers divers a rewarding underwater experience with its diverse marine life, underwater terrain, and convenient shore access. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced diver, Cove 2 provides an opportunity to explore the captivating underwater world of the Puget Sound.

Following your dive or dives, head across the parking lot to Marination Ma Kai for some yummy tacos or a cold beer.  Their food is delicious and the staff are always friendly and welcoming to divers!