Oak Leaf dive site, is a new dive site in Nanoose Bay, that you may not be aware of.
It is relatively untouched, and as a dive location, has a very nice park with good trails, an outhouse, and multiple beach locations for easy access of diving.
This new site is a great location for diving, as well as a place to enjoy a picnic. This is a beautiful point of land, boasting excellent views, and is sure to become one of your favorite sites.
To get there just follow Hwy 19 North from Nanaimo, to Northwest Bay Road, and then follow this
winding road for a few kilometers, and then turn right at Stewart Road.
Stay on this road and it will naturally turn into Dolphin Drive, and then very shortly ( a few minutes), look for the road "Oak Leaf" on your left (the water side of the road). Having turned there, it leads you to a good sized parking lot.
Follow the main trail, and you will see, both on your left and right, excellent beach access to the dive site. You can also keep following the trail straight out to the point, where you will find a small beach, which again, offers excellent access.
My preference is to go to the beach on the right, as it is better for entering/ exiting, no matter what the tides are doing. Doing it this way just follow the contour of rock on your left, and it will take you down to about 70fsw depending on the tide, then when your spg indicates your turning point, come up a little and follow it back, or simply come out at the beach on the northern most point.
If you use the Northern point as your entry, take a heading of 330 degrees (after you clear the rock wall on your left), and after a short swim it will take you to a wall that goes down to about 125fsw.
A variation is to take a more Magnetic north heading and just follow it out. There are small rock formations here and there as you go, that boast little micro communities of various local marine life.
Whatever way you choose works, and I guarantee you will enjoy exploring this beautiful site!
Nanoose is a great and easy place to dive, as it is almost always "0" degrees away from the beach, and "180" back, as a general heading.
Enjoy and be safe, cheers!
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.