Off the north end of Steep Island is one of the area’s most popular dive sites. The cigar shaped island doesn’t appear to be steep above the surface but if you check out the marine chart you see where it got its name. The site on the outside north end of the island drops down to over 40 meters just a few meters off the rugged shore. The wall is well populated with sponges and other invertebrates that can cling on the rocky surface and make it their home. Huge clusters of Northern Feather Duster Tube worms are the signature feature of this dive. At the bottom of the wall are large boulders covered in life and fish enjoy the cracks and crevices to swim through for protection from predators. You will see Tiger Banded Rockfish and maybe a juvenile Yellow Eye Rockfish but for sure lots of Kelp Greenlings, Copper and Quillback Rockfish and even large Ling Cod. Currents are of course a concern here and divers should have advanced skills to manage their buoyancy.