Saxe Point

 

Location: Saxe Point Park is in Esquimalt, west of Victoria, just across the harbor. From downtown, across the Johnson St. Bridge onto Esquimalt Rd. Continue straight, past the Esquimalt Recreation Centre and turn left onto Fraser St. Drive to the end of Fraser St where you will see a sign for Saxe Point Park. The site is at the end of this road. There are washrooms and a changing area here.

 

Type: Shore dive

 

GPS: 48° 24.4' N   123° 25.1' W

 

Above Water: From the parking area in the park, you can enter the water either by walking down a short path to a sandy beach on the NW side of the point, or by climbing down the rocky tip of the point into the water.

 

Underwater: If you enter at the beach, you can swim around a small rocky islet just off shore and then head west along the rocky wall of the point towards the ocean. This wall is very shallow, about 20ft. (7 m.), but it has undercuts and crevices which shelter a varity of creatures. This is a great macro photography dive, as there are several species of nudibranchs residing here along with brooding anemones, small fish, and the occational octopus. 

 

Hazards: Weather, tidal surge, and shore exit