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BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale Blog

November
19

Scuba Diving the Kitsap Peninsula

posted by: BEST WESTERN PLUS Silverdale on: November 19, 2013 3:15:01 PM

When you think of world class scuba diving, Washington's Puget Sound may not be the first to come to mind.  Believe it or not, the waters around the Kitsap Peninsula are teaming with marine life.  Dungeness Crabs, seals, sea lions, and even the Giant Pacific Octopus are just some of the species you might see while diving in this region - all without the crowds common in the more tropical dive locales. 

With the winter months comes the best time of year to dive in the area, as the water visibility is at it's best during this time.  Divers keep themselves warm with specialized dry suits, but the extra rubber is well worth the effort to view some of the best cold-water diving in the world.  There's plenty of spots to suit divers of any ability levels, ensuring that the seasoned diver and the total newbie can both enjoy the beautiful waters around the Kitsap Peninsula. 

A short drive south from our Silverdale hotel brings divers to the Harpers Ferry/Fishing Dock dive site.  This is a great dive to get you aquainted with the region, and does not require a boat.  There is no major current in this area, and the depth does not exceed 50ft at the highest tide.  This is an ideal place for the novice to intermediate diver looking for a great shore-access dive.  For those looking to get out a bit deeper, check out the Puget Sound boat trips available in the region.  Not only will you get great guidance underwater, but you'll also get to spend the day on a boat!

If you'd love to get underwater but have never gone diving before, you'll love the training available at the nearby Sound Dive Center.  Located just a short drive from our hotel, the center offers entry-level training in a safe environment to get you breathing underwater before you know it!  Looking to improve your skills?  They also offer courses in night diving, search + recovery, underwater photography, deep diving, and more!

Nothing tops off a day of adventure underwater like a great snack and refreshing drink back on dry land.  Head back to the BEST WESTERN Silverdale Beach Hotel and grab a seat at our Beachfront Martini Lounge.  If you scored some great footage during your dive, you can use our complimentary wireless interent to get your pics online and share your day with the world.

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