Madrona Point in Nanoose Bay / Parksville, is one of the best dive sites on the whole of Vancouver Island, and well worth the visit!
With it's good shore access and multiple dive plans you can follow, this site is easily the best shore dive location in the Central island area.
You can dive the Small Wall, the Mid Wall or the Maze, which are all good dives at a 60 foot maximum depth, and the last, the Main Wall is an advanced level dive with a maximum depth of around 90 feet.
This awesome Nanoose Bay dive site always has lots to see and do with depths and challenges to accommodate all levels of divers.
It is located just one half hour north of Nanaimo BC.
How to get there
Follow the Island Highway (Hwy.19) North of Nanaimo to a road called Northwest Bay Road and turn right. Follow this winding road for 5 or 8 minutes and then make another right at Beaver Creek Wharf Rd.
This road will "T" into Madrona Drive. Turn left here and when you reach the dead end you are at the dive site.
On my last visit there we saw a small pod of Orca's just as we were about to go into the water, there was 5 or 6 of them and they were very close to shore. Fortunately we were running a few minutes late or they would have gone right over our heads!
exciting about this site is the strong possibility of some
interaction with the local Sea Lions, as this site is located
very close to a log dump where these large mammals have been hanging out for
Meeting these five or six hundred pound giants (these are the California Sea Lions, Steller Sea Lions can be over 1,000 lbs) can be a little intimidating to say the least, but we have yet to hear about any dangerous or aggressive behavior from these large mammals.
Even so we suggest you keep your hands to yourself!
Did you know sea lions display aggression by going vertical in the water and blowing bubbles. Sound familiar?
So where would you like to start? just follow the links below.
Map as reference only, not to be used for navigation.
Here is an excellent link to
tide and current charts
for Nanaimo, BC.
At the bottom of displayed
chart you will see two links,
"other tide stations" or
"other current stations"
follow these links for
information from California
and right up to Alaska.