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Pipers Lagoon Park
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Nanaimo

Diving

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Scuba diver

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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