Wall Beach in Nanoose Bay is a nice shore dive with a good entry, and it is special because it is frequented by Sea Lions.
This is a great site for the newly certified as well as the advanced level diver. Though not known for an excess of marine life, this is still a very decent dive with excellent shore access from a rocky beach.
As was mentioned this site is a great place to find Sea Lions, as a large colony stays at the Northwest Bay log sort, not far away.
It is an easy site to find, just go North of Nanaimo on Hwy 19, and then turn right at the Petro Canada Gas Bar.
Follow this road (Northwest Bay road) for about 5 or 6 minutes, then turn right on Wall-Beach Road. A short way down turn right on Seahaven Road, (it becomes a good gravel road) and follow it to the end where you can park. There is a short trail to the beach.
At this site there are various species of Fish, an occasional Octopus, and lots of small creatures in the shallows.
But we have found the biggest draw at this site to be the chance of a Sea Lion encounter.
Sometimes there are even 4 or 6 of these large mammals at a time!
It can be a little intimidating, but also very cool.
This is a great opportunity to get some video footage of the Sea Lions buzzing around your dive buddies. I think you will find this is always good for some follow up entertainment, or maybe even some footage to get notoriety on You Tube.
The dive site can be also be considered available to all levels of experience, as the depth can range from fairly shallow, to much deeper than sport divers on open circuit go beyond.
If you are a technical diver, the bottom here is over 180ft (54m).
Though I am not a tech diver, it would be nice to know if there is anything to see down there!
Feel free to share your sights and pictures you re-breathers!
Dive 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.