Beachcomber Regional Park

by Tom Hlavac
(Nanaimo)

There is a lot of exploring to be enjoyed diving from the pebble beach at Beachcomber Regional Park. Swimming from the beach, once you pass through an eelgrass bed keep slightly right till you hit the edge, go down to 30 or 35 feet and swing right. After 4 to 5 mins you will see the "shallow" wall. This has deep crevices, an overhang, boulders, and quite a few rockfish (quillback, china, black), kelp greenlings, ling cod and many smaller fish. Lots of invertebrates too. This is a great dive for an experienced open water/advanced open water diver. If you are good managing your air (note I didn't say Nitrox), keep going along the broken rock at the 40 - 50 foot contour. Another few minutes you will see rounded bedrock and the start of a stepped wall. This wall starts at advanced open water depths, and the upper levels have many crevices, boulders, etc - nice underwater landscapes. After app 14 minutes from the beach, you will be at the top of a very deep and steep wall. At 130 you can't see the bottom. Ling cod, yellowtail, black and yelloweye rockfish. Some tigers also, look for possible wolf eels and octopus around when you see tigers.

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I visit this place 2 years ago
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I visit this place 2 years ago with team pay for assignment no doubt it’s a beautiful beach located in Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This is not a place people would come to surf or swim normally people go there to visit

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Beachcomber Regional Park
by: diver don

I personally have not been diving at this site but know that Tom is a skilled and experienced diver who would not lead anyone astray.

I would add though that it is a fairly long walk from the parking area, so make sure you are in OK physical shape.

This would also be a great site to see Sea Lions as it is quite close to a small colony that hang out in the Nanoose Bay area. (Winter is usually best for Sea Lion encounters by the way)

To find the site you simply take Hwy 19 North of Nanaimo to Northwest Bay Road and then follow it to the sign for Beachcomber Marina. Turn here (its not far) Follow the sign to the Marina and go past it a short distance. You will find the sign for Beachcomber Regional Park on your left.

There are two other dive sites as well in the immediate area. One is called the Jib, and the other is called Cottom Point. Refer to my website under Nanoose Bay Dive Sites for details.

Cheers and dive safe!

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