Oak Leaf dive site, is a new dive site in Nanoose Bay, that you may not be aware of.
It is relatively new, and was created inadvertently by the developer of a new sub division. There is a nice park, 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.
Whatever you do, I find it easiest to follow the rock face/s out, and around the point. Use the tide to help you along as you circle the point, or just come out where you started. Either way works, and I guarantee you will enjoy exploring this beautiful new site.
There are also a few other rock structures and a wall further out that are worth exploring.
Nanoose is a great and easy place to dive, as it is always "0" degrees away from the beach, and "180" back.
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.