Best Dive Sites In British Columbia




British Columbia's best dive sites - courtesy of DIABC and Northwest Dive News magazineThis Best Dive Sites map has been put together by our friends at Northwest Dive News Magazine and the Dive Industry Association of British Columbia.

While there are hundreds of awesome dive sites in BC, for beginners all the way up to expert divers, this map lists some of the more popular British Columbia dive sites by geographical area, and includes a brief indicator of the maximum dive depth.

Follow the link above for a PDF full page color version, and dive in to this site to start booking your dives.

Whether you are coming as an individual diver and joing a charter, or are coming with a whole group, we have loads of great dive sites for you.

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Or you can always experience British Columbia's best dives sites from a liveaboard dive boat.

These sites have made our list as one of Vancouver Island's best dive locations.

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And if you're into diving Artificial reefs and wrecks, we can help you there too.

And you can also check out our page of upcoming BC charter trips that have spaces available.

And if you don't see a trip to an area you want to explore, just ask us and we'll see what we can do to help.

Dive Sites By Region of British Columbia


British Columbia is fortunate to have some of the world’s best dive sites and is becoming recognized as a premiere year round scuba diving destination.

Professional and recreational divers consistently rank British Columbia as one of the best places in the world to visit and dive.

To help plan your dives, we split this great dive destination into the following favorite areas and favorite British Columbia dive sites:



Diving in British Columbia - Sea Cucumber (Photo by Terrance Fidler


1. Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

- Whytecliffe Marine Park

- Porteau Cove Provincial Park

- HMCS Annapolis (Coming to Vancouver soon (2013) hopefully)

- Kelvin Grove


2. Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

- Heron Rocks Wall (Gulf Islands)

- Race Rocks (Victoria)

- Diamond Knot wreck (near Victoria)

- Swordfish Island (Victoria)

- Barnard Castle Wreck (Victoria)

Diving in British Columbia - Orange Hermit Crab

- Ogden Point Breakwater (Victoria)

- 10 Mile Point (Victoria)

- GB Church (Sidney)

- Christmas Point (Sidney/Saanich Inlet)

- HMCS MacKenzie (Sidney)

- 737 Artificial Wreck (Chemainus)

- Wreck of the Del Norte (Chemainus/Nanaimo area)

- Dodd Narrows (Nanaimo) Barnacle and Sponge - Photo By Terrance Fidler

- HMCS Saskatchewan & Cape Breton and Rivtow Lion (Nanaimo)

- Row And Be Damned (Campbell River)

- Richmond Reef (Campbell River)

- Steep Island (Campbell River)

- Seymour Narrows (Campbell River)

- HMCS Columbia (Campbell River)


- Mozino Point (Nootka Sound)

6 Gill Sharks near Hornby Island, British Columbia- Browning Wall (Great wall dive near Port Hardy)

- Hunt Rock (Port Hardy)

- Nakwakto Rapids (Port Hardy)

- 7 Tree Island (Port Hardy)

- Flora Islet / Hornby Island

- Renate's Reef (Barkley Sound and six gill sharks)

- Tofino (Note: the local dive charter operator in Tofino has closed)

- Transpac Wreck (Boat charters leaving from Port Hardy)



3. The Sunshine Coast

Emerald Princess Mermaid - photo by Doug Pemberton

- Skookumchuck Rapids

- Former HMCS Chaudiere

- Saltery Bay - Mermaid Cove

- Fearney Bluffs

- Tuwanek Spit

- Malahat Wreck Dive




We have provided some dive reviews, and will be adding dive site reviews from users of this site and more detail to our dive information on an ongoing basis.

Or if you need a local Vancouver certified divemaster/dive buddy to pick you up and accompany you on your dives, or teach/refresh your diving skills, contact our expert PADI divemaster.

These fully custom/flexible Vancouver Island dive charters can be arranged for groups of up to 5 divers anywhere between Campbell River and Nanaimo.

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Important Information


All dive information on this site is the opinion of the author(s) and is intended for general information purposes only.

This site does not offer any warranty or guarantee of service and accepts no responsibility for the consequence of your decisions and/or actions. Dive safe.

Before diving anywhere, talk with an experienced local dive shop. When possible, dive with a group, and always dive with a buddy.

Please plan your dive and dive your plan.

Be safe.

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