Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Rhode Island

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King's Beach Fishing Area

Rhode Island, USA East

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A lovely, almost secluded beach area that leads down an old boat ramp to an easy entry into about 20-30 fsw after a short to moderate swim. Lots of eel grass, flounder, small fish, and other life. Not an amazing dive but it does the trick. Frequented by classes on weekends so it may get crowded. Viz ranges from 3-20 feet, mostly about 8-10 on a calm day. Route 138 east takes you to the Jamestown bridge. Continue over the Newport Bridge and exit at Scenic Newport. R on Farewell, R on America's Cup Ave, R on Bellevue, L on Ocean, to sign on L for King's Beach Fishing Area. Drive to the parking lot, plenty of room, not crowded, and free. GPS: N 41 27.234 W 071 20.543(parking lot)
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Fort Wetherill

Rhode Island, USA East

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Fort Wetherill is a scuba location with two dive sites. The left and right cove. The left cove has a small goat path down to the water. The right cove has a boat ramp entry, can get busy so yield to boats. Both coves have okay viz. (3-10 feet) and have pretty good life. Averages 5 feet but classes frequently drop the viz to less than 5, still plenty of room though to get away from groups. Flounder, fish, starfish, crabs, lobster, eel grass. I believe the left cove along the right wall is the best of the two. Porta potties. Easy and plentiful parking. Route 138 east over the Jamestown Bridge, exit just before the toll booths, straight on Narragansett, bear left at the fork, follow signs to the park. Plenty of parking close to the entries. GPS: N 41 28.774 W 071 21.618
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Beavertail State Park

Rhode Island, USA East

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Easy parking, abundant fish and bottom topography, but a pretty steep entry down a rocky hillside to a small and pretty cove. This site isn't very protected so make sure to take a look at the entry and conditions before suiting up. The park is basically located at the end of a point. Man is it lovely here! Best diving is about 50 yards straight out into 30 fsw. Route 138 east to the Jamestown boat yard, R on Narragansett, L on Southwest, turns into Beavertail Rd to parking lot #2 in the park. GPS: N 41 27.074 W 071 23.971