Overview of Sunny Side Park

Sunny Side Park

Sunny Side Park
USA West


Site Review by
 Chuck Knauf
Date: 10/08/2001


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Chuck Knauf Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Tacoma Reef:    3.00
State:   WA Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   4 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   117 Solitude   5.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    4.08
The park opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 10:00 PM. Presently there is a $4.00 fee charged to park in the parking lot. We usually carry our dive gear the several hundred feet from the parking lot to the entry point in two trips. To dive the pipe, you have to find it first! Swim straight out from the Wind Pavilion/showers and at about 50 feet of depth, turn right and swim directly north. Shortly, you will find the pipe. You can follow the pipe down to a depth of over 100 ft. or turn back towards shore and follow the pipe a short distance to a large cement box. Attached to the north side of this box, you will find a yellow line that leads to a small sunken boat with Santa Claus sitting at the helm. From the bow of this boat, you can follow a second line that leads to another more dilapidated sunken boat. There is plentiful sea life in and around the boats and the pipeline. You can find octopus, eels, perch, crabs, many kinds of starfish, large sea cucumbers, rockfish, sea pens, anemones, nudibranchs, flounder, gunnel, shrimp and many other sea creatures. A very enjoyable shore dive for all levels. Water temperature is about 45 F. in the winter and as warm as 53 F. in the summer. Take your dive light, camera and a buddy and DIVE SAFE!!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    5.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2001
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00

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