Dive Ogden Point Breakwater - Victoria, British Columbia
Dive Ogden Point Breakwater and see why the merging of the nutrient rich waters of the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca have helped to rank Victoria British Columbia as having some of the world’s best cool water diving.
Ogden Point Breakwater, a popular visitor and dive site, is located just a few minutes outside of downtown Victoria and and has made our list as one of Vancouver Island's Best dive sites.
The Breakwater safeguards the Port of Victoria and is an 800-metre long breakwater constructed of granite blocks and concrete.
Even though the breakwater is a marine sanctuary, fishing is allowed so watch out for fishing lures and lines in the area and ensure you have your diving knife with you at all times.
There is also an on-site Ogden Point dive store and cafe for after your dives - how convenient is that?
There are five scuba dive flags painted near the top of the west side of the Ogden Point Breakwater, with related plaques at the bottom stone of the breakwater directly in line with each flag.
Entry to dive Ogden Point can be done easily from the beach, breakwater or a dive boat.
Use your dive flag due to the fishing and boaters in the area.
Also be careful when entering from the breakwater due to the barnacles and concrete blocks covered by slippery bull kelp.
(Above Ogden Point Map copyright (c) 2010 Urbanecology.ca)
The plaques provide a description of what you can expect to see while diving in the area, and the compass directions to the next underwater plaque.
The various dive markers are located at depths ranging from entry level to around 35 meters (115 feet) at the deepest spot.
Whether you wish to learn more about the history of the Ogden Point Breakwater and area, or life on the surface or under it, we recently came across a very informative, well written book that will tell you all you need to know.
Ogden Point Odyssey - Breakwater, natural history, people and activities is a very nice picture book written by Val Schaefer and Anny Schaefer and is great for divers and non-divers.
Copies of the Breakwater book (only $14.95) can be obtained at the following Victoria locations...
If you are visiting and would like a Victoria divemaster to escort you as you dive the breakwater, contact Cooldives and we'll help arrange one for you.
What Can I See At Ogden Point?
At Dive Ogden point, you can expect to see Bull Kelp, Sleeping Canary, Tiger, Black, Yellowtail, Puget Sound and Quillback Rockfish, Giant Pacific Octopus, Harbour Seals, Dogfish, Rat Fish, Wolf Eels, Black Eye Gobys, Greenling, Lingcod, Perch, Flounder, Kelp Greenling, Grunt Sculpins, Decorated Warbonnets, Mosshead Warbonnets, Burrowing Sea Cucumbers, Chitons, Hairy Lithoide Crabs, Brittle Stars, Metrudium and Plumose Anemones, Abalone, Crab, Puget Sound King Crab , Swimming Scallops, Ghost Shrimp, Nudibranchs, and more.
For an excellent description of two exciting days of diving in Victoria, look for a Scuba Diving Magazine article on a Victoria weekend getaway dive trip.And speaking of Scuba Diving Magazine, have a look at some of the dive destination awards British Columbia has won recently.
If you'd also like to arrange a custom dive boat charter to Race Rocks, Swordfish Island or a number of other unique Victoria boat dive sites, check out Pacific Pinnacle Dive Charters for memorable dive trips for groups of up to 7 divers.
Before diving anywhere,talk with an experienced Victoria, B.C. dive shop in the area you wish to dive.
When possible, dive with a group, and always dive with a buddy.
And please return here to complete a dive site review after your dive.
Contact us and we'll help get you equipped to enjoy some diving on the Ogden Point Breakwater.
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