Octopus Point in Sansum Narrows is an interesting boat dive that can be accessed from either Maple Bay or Cowichan Bay.
This was a very nice dive that was easily accessed during slack water.
There is a little bay just south of the Point itself that you can anchor in which is right by a privately owned dock.
From here you can make a short swim to the point or just submerge and go under the dock as we did.
There is a great wall with ledges and lots of good crevasses for potential Octopus dens but we did not see any other than the tell tale sign of the Cephalopods seemingly favorite food.
We did find one of the biggest Puget Sound King crabs we have ever seen and got a few pictures before releasing the Crustacean back to the wall.
There was a good amount of fishes hanging out near the wall as well and someone must think its a good spot for fishing as we scored a nice cannon ball during our dive.
As I said we did the dive during a slack period and there was almost no current whatsoever to speak of which made for a great dive.
Do bear in mind that there is potential for some fairly decent current here so be sure to do your research and choose your dive times wisely.
I don't know if its a plus or minus but Sansum Narrows is a busy little water way for boat traffic. I guess what I am trying to say is if the current dragged you away there would surely be someone to help you.
Just be sure that everyone is carrying their own inflatable surface marker buoy as we did, just for that reason.
Cheers and safe diving.
Some Other Pages That May be of Interest
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.