Courtesy of over 300 miles of coastline, and an endless trail of gorgeous freshwater lakes, the Pacific Northwest region of the United States offers arguably the most eye catching rugged landscapes on the continent.
Remnants of ancient volcanos reach skyward from beneath the ocean’s surface. Diving the Oregon coast offers the chance to see red snapper, sculpin and octopus. Steamer clams, butter clams, scallops, Dungeness, red rock and hermit crabs make home near the jetty areas, and the offshore reefs have cold-water anemones and sponges, with some divers lucky enough to spot sea lions and orca whales.
Divers visiting Oregon’s largest city Portland, can reap the rewards of the clear spring waters surrounding nearby Mount Hood and the nutrient rich diving in Puget Sound.
Most of the shore diving in Oregon is found off the central coast, from Newport to Florence. We highly recommend to get a local tide chart, and dive only the slack period.
May-September tends to be the best months for diving the coast with the summer and early fall weather conditions providing the least amount of rain.
Drysuits are necessary for comfortably diving the clear springs, but 7mm wetsuits with thermal garments/hood and gloves can be sufficient.
Oregon sits on the West Coast, between Washington and California. With desert to the east, temperate coast to the west, and mountains, rivers and forests in between.
Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport at Medford and Portland International Airport in Portland are the two international airports in Oregon.