Two reefs can found offshore from Pacific City. The inner
reef is shallow, about 40 ft, and provides some great diving for
new divers. Rock scallops, sea bass, and lingcod can be found.
Shallow water life such as starfish and sea urchins also adorn the
rocks. To find the outer reef travel due west past Haystack
Rock. The outer reef is incredible. Just imagine haystack
rock being slightly smaller and submerged beneath the waves.
The top of the reef, or more appropriately giant rock, lies at about
30 feet. The sloping walls of the monster boulder run from
the pointed cone down to the bottom at 100+ feet. Kelp, rock
scallops, and small green anemones cover the top. Small schools
of sea bass float close by. A few of the older bass find protection
in patches of giant white anemones that adorn the wall in various
places. Further down, deeper into the ocean, you will find
the big fish. Large lingcod find dens in the cracks and boulders
at the base of the reef, and it's not unusual to see 20-30 pound
fish while cruising the bottom. Some of the larger cracks
run so deep they disappear into inky blackness, even when casting
a strong beam from a dive light. One of the most impressive
features of the reef is a magnificent arch found on the West side.
Large enough to drive a full size truck through and deep enough
to make a nice garage, if one was so inclined. The floor of
the arch is over 100 feet deep and covered with large polished stones...much
like river rock. The stones are a unique feature and their
presence a mystery.
Directions: Pacific City is
a boat dive with launch access from Tillamook Bay, Netarts Bay,
or Pacific City. Launching from Tillamook is the safest route
due to the secure ocean channel produced by the jetties. Launches
from Netarts Bay should only be attempted by experienced boat captains;
the channel is unprotected. Boats entering the ocean from
Pacific City launch off the sandy beaches and must be designed and
equipped for such procedures. Normally flat bottom dories
or light inflatables are the only boats attempting such a launch.
Qualified dive charters from U.S.I.A.
and Doug's Diving
can provide experienced divers with a wonderful day of diving at