Legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau once described the Strait of Georgia as "the best temperate water diving in the world, second only to the Red Sea."
Not surprisingly then, scuba divers eager to forgo a trip to the Middle East are thrilled by the proximity of world-class marine adventures near Nanaimo.
Nanaimo has smartly established itself as the premier diving destination in Canada. The big attraction: Three "artificial reefs" created from decommissioned and scuttled navy ships. A handful of scuba diving outfitters and charter companies can provide all necessary gear to make the experience safe and memorable.
Divers flock here to either explore the ships or introduce themselves to the local marine life from walk-in spots along the coast. The cold, green waters are home to giant Pacific octopi, wolf eels, sea lions, seals and an undersea garden of sponges, kelp beds and brilliantly colored anemones.
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#2- 4131 Mostar Rd
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Vancouver Island is ranked in the top 10 for cold water dive destinations. Come and discover our underwater world. Dive the sites our locals divers do by shore or boat. See Giant Pacific Octopus, Wolf eels, Sea Lions and dozens of other interesting critters.
We are a PADI Five star facility. We offer scuba & snorkeling gear rental, scuba & snorkeling gear sales & service, PADI scuba certification courses, air & Nitrox fills.
Never dived cold water before? Let us pre-arrange a dive master lead dive to take you on a tour or our wonderful underwater world.
Contact us at the shop before your visit to Nanaimo and check us out on Facebook at our Sink or Swim Scuba page.
Discover Vancouver Island beneath the surface!