Tuwanek Dive Site – Did you see Shrek?




The view at Tuwanek Spit - a great Sunshine Coast shore dive - photo courtesy Tuwanek.comThe Tuwanek dive site is in the peaceful cottage community of Tuwanek on the eastern side of Sechelt Inlet, near Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

In addition to a number of great Sunshine Coast dive sites, Tuwanek offers a relaxing ocean front cottage/vacation area and some great sight-seeing, ocean kayaking, and hiking in the summer, and snow shoeing, cross country skiing and other outdoor recreational activities in the winter.

And of course, terrific year-round scuba diving!

This Tuwanek dive site is actually two great shore dives, with loads of marine life, easy access, great visibility, and challenges for all levels of divers.

It is referred to as Tuwanek Spit by the locals, and as long as you are respectful of their neighborhood, they are very welcoming to divers.

A fresh water creek empties into the area so at times you may have cooler, fresh water at the surface. But once you pass through this, you will usually have cool, clear water for your dives.

Maybe you would like to try Sechelt Dive Lessons - a Discover Scuba Diving course, or take your PADI Open Water, Advanced Diver, Drysuit, or Enriched Air certification while in the Sechelt area, or need a divemaster to show you the best Tuwanek Dive locations...

Diving at Tuwanek Spit

The best Tuwanek dive sites are around the islets (Lamb Islets) to the right and to the left of the Spit.

It is best to surface swim out to the sites so ensure you bring your snorkel to conserve your air.

The Tuwanek dive site is a sheltered cove with no significant currents to worry about. It is a boating area though so watch out for boats and consider bringing a dive float/buoy if you have one.

The visibility is generally very good here, with sunlight reaching as far down as 80 feet.

As mentioned in a recent dive review from one of our viewers, it is "like diving in a tropical fish tank with so much colorful marine life around."

The islet to the right has an easy to follow bottom with gentle slopes, anemones and sponges.

You may also find giant ling cod, octopus, wolf eels, varieties of nudibranch, schools of rockfish and perch, tube squirts, starfish and more.

This is the easier of the dives and is often used as a training ground for beginners. It bottoms out at around 70 feet and the wall isn’t very steep.

The wall on the islet to the left is a little steeper and is better viewed by advance divers. While there is loads of life around the 80 foot level, it bottoms out at around 120 feet.

Diving with Shrek at Tuwanek SpitIn addition to all the marine life, octopus and wolf eels, you may also be visited by one of the local seals, and you might even come across an underwater Ogre named Shrek?

We couldn't find him, so if you have a better picture of Tuwanek Shrek, please send it in.

Lots of groups, such as the Sunshine Coast Dive Club, also meet often at dive Tuwanek for regular shore and night dives.

Tuwanek, British Columbia is a quiet community and we ask that you please respect their area by keeping it clean (there is a bear-proof garbage can there) and quiet. There is also a portable washroom facility there now.

Parking is available right near the Tuwanek dive site or further down the road.



Where to stay at Tuwanek Spit

Scuba diving stay and dive package deal on the Sunshine Coast of British ColumbiaExclusive Cooldives Special Dive Offer - Book your stay at the Scuba Shack in Tuwanek on the Sunshine Coast through Cooldives, and you'll be provided with 4 complimentary tanks of air for your use while enjoying the Tuwanek dive on the Sunshine Coast.

Now is the perfect time to learn to scuba dive or upgrade your scuba diving skills on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

The Scuba Shack, a comfy, well equipped 2 bedroom Sechelt rental cabin is loaded with extras and is just minutes away from the area's favorite dive site the Tuwanek dive spit.

While staying at the Sechelt cabin, you can take your Sechelt PADI Open Water Certification, PADI Advanced Diver Course, PADI Enriched Air Specialty Course, or the PADI Drysuit Specialty Course.

Top quality Sunshine Coast scuba diving rental gear is also available while staying at the Scuba Shack.

Scuba diving stay and dive package deal on the Sunshine Coast of British ColumbiaVisit and contact Cooldives.com for more information about your Sechelt and Sunshine Coast rental accommodation and PADI Dive lessons.

The 'vis' on this favorite shore dive is often well over 75 feet.

Enjoy great wall dives for open water divers (60ft max) and another for advanced divers (100ft+).

And book your Tuwanek dive vacation through Cooldives.com and 4 free tanks of air will be available for you at the Scuba Shack.

Why haul your own tanks around when you don't need to?

Package deals for dive lessons on the Sunshine Coast, divemaster services, accommodation and rental gear are also available.

Mention Cooldives to get their best pricing when you book.

Follow the links above for more details.

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I came across this Sunshine Coast dive sites map recently, and while it is a few years old, it gives you an idea of how many great Sunshine Coast dive sites are in the area, such as the wreck of the Chaudiere.

As you can see, Tuwanek is very central to many great Sunshine Coast dive sites.

And if you need to arrange for rental gear or air refills, contact us and we can help arrange that too.

Getting toThe Tuwanek Spit Dive Site

Sunshine Coast Diving - Ride a BC FerryTo get to Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast, head past/through Vancouver on Hwy 1/99 and head towards the famous Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler.

Look for the signs and take the Sunshine Coast ferry from the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal in West Vancouver to the Langdale terminal. It takes about 40 minutes and is a very nice ride.

As you exit the ferry, follow the signs to Sechelt which is about 20km from Langdale on Highway 101.

Once you reach Sechelt, head north on Wharf Road or Xenichen. Turn right on East Porpoise Road, which becomes Sechelt Inlet Road. Travel around 10km and you will see the beach and parking area of Tuwanek Spit. As mentioned above, find a good parking spot near the beach or on the road.

You may want to stop in Sechelt to get your food/drinks, etc., as there isn't much available in the community of Tuwanek.

When you are ready to head back, you should note that it is first-come, first-served at the Langdale ferry terminal, and you don't have to pay again as your initial fee at Horseshoe Bay includes your return trip.

Scuba Dive Tip:Your time is incredibly valuable, especially when you are trying to get to a pre-arranged dive departure.

BC Ferries regularly has sailing waits of one hour or more, depending on the season and time of day.

You can either take this possible delay into account, or for a fee of CDN $17.50, you can reserve your spot on the ferry.

Enjoy your Tuwanek Dives.


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Tuwanek Shore Dives, near Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.