Dodd Narrows Dive Site - Near Nanaimo, B.C.
Just a few miles southeast of Nanaimo is Dodd Narrows, considered to be another one of the best dive sites in British Columbia.
This channel is only 55 meters (180 feet) wide at the narrowest point, with a maximum depth of 33 meters (108 feet).
It is a drift dive and because of the British Columbia tides you should be an experienced diver to dive the Narrows!
With strong currents of up to 8 or 9 knots, this site can only be dived from a boat at slack water.
One popular Courtenay based charter operator who typically operates daily charters in the waters between Campbell River and Nanaimo is GreenSea Diving.
You can read about our recent GreenSea Diving 3 night dive vacation package review where we enjoyed diving the Heron Rocks area near Courtenay and the former HMCS Columbia near Campbell River.
They can take you to many sites that have made our list as one of Vancouver Island's Best dive sites.
Another Nanaimo(mainly operating on weekends) dive charter operator for this Nanaimo dive site is either Just Dive In Adventures or Sea Dragon Charters - Nanaimo.
The strong, nutrient rich currents in this channel create an ideal habitat for a fantastic assortment of colorful marine life.
The Mudge Island side of the Narrows with colorful, fully covered vertical faces and overhangs is the best side to dive.
You can expect to see Sea Anemone, Aggregating Anemone, Sea Stars, Mosshead Warbonnets, Puget Sound King Crab, Orange Cup Corals, Red Irish Lords, Rockfish and Cod, salmon, and with salmon comes seals and Sea lions.
Before diving anywhere, I suggest you talk with an experienced local Nanaimo dive store in the area you wish to dive, and as mentioned choose an experienced Dodd Narrows dive charter operator.
Custom Campbell River and Nanaimo wreck trek dive charter packages, wreck penetration, drysuit, enriched air and other courses can easily be arranged for you.
When possible, dive with a group, and always dive with a buddy.
Please remember to return here and complete a dive site review after your dives.
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