Nanaimo is centrally located on the eastern side of Vancouver Island, and acts as a hub for incoming mainland air and sea traffic. There are 8-12 excellent boat dives and several good shore dives. Nanaimo proudly proclaimes to be one of the best dive towns around as they claim to be the epicenter for reefs, wrecks and walls on Vancouver Island. The variety of their dive experiences is unsurpassed in many ways, and in this humble photographer's opinion, rivals both Port Hardy and Quadra Island. This is a place for any diver any time.
Chemainus is located in the Cowichan Valley on the eastern side of southern Vancouver Island, north of Victoria and Sidney. This quaint town is famous for its murals and playwrights. Diving in this area is done mainly by boat, leaving from the Chemainus harbour.
Boeing 737-200 plane
Parksville is the retirement capital of Canada. This quiet sea side village is a retirees dream come true: quiet, peaceful, and picturesque. Parksville is located half an hour north of Naniamo on Vancouver Island. The diving in this area is amazing, and due to the geographical location of most of its dive sites, they can be dove almost year round. The shore diving can prove challenging, with rocky, slippery entries and low growth kelp, however the effort is well worth the underwater experience.