Dive Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC
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Dive British ColumbiaWhen Jacques Cousteau proclaimed that the spectacular coastal waters of British Columbia, Vancouver Island and Nanaimo are 'the best temperate water diving in the world and second only to the Red Sea', you know you'll be diving one of the world's top dive destinations.

British Columbia has consistently been ranked as 'the' best place to dive in North America and offers spectacular diving and excellent value.

Sport Diver Magazine author, Ty Sawyer commends Nanaimo as "...one of the most hardcore and enthusiastic dive communities in the world!" Marilyn Griffiths of Scuba Press writes ... " Wolf eels, giant Pacific octopus, anemones, nudibranchs and sponges, harbour seals and Stellar sea lions are just part of a regular dive day off Nanaimo ... that is unless you add to the wildlife experience by choosing to explore one of Nanaimo's famed artificial reefs that are being colonized by marine life."

If it's breath-taking marine life you want to encounter then scubaUp-close & Personal with a Wolf Eel! diving Nanaimo and Vancouver Island the place to come to! How about Giant Pacific Octopus and magnificent Six-Gill Sharks. Or frolic with resident Wolf Eels and hundreds of playful Harbour Seals. Drift through stunning gardens of colourful Kelp, Anemones and Sponges. Descend along some amazing Walls!  All this just minutes by boat from The Buccaneer Inn.

Sinking Day, June 14, 1997!Artificial reefs your passion? Nanaimo, Vancouver Island is home to the best of British Columbia's world famous artificial reefs! Explore The Saskatchewan, B.C.'s most popular reef, with over 75,000 dives.  Want to Watch A Video of  The Saskatchewan Sink on June 14, 1997? You'll need the Quick Time plug in to view his thrilling spectacle! The Saskatchewan is now teeming with life as marine life is has begun to colonize it's many nooks and crannies. In a few years, The Saskatchewan will be completely covered! Come back every year to document the ever increasing growth of life on this historic ship.

The Cape Breton, a 442' former World War II Victory class ship, was sunk over a decade ago on October 20, 2001! The CapeCape Breton Lists Just Before Submersion Then Rights Herself To Sit Flat At 140 Feet! Breton is the World's Second Largest Diver-Prepared Artificial Reef! She sank in 3 minutes and 37 seconds and sits perfectly upright with a bottom depth of 142 feet and a top of 35 feet. Go to our Cape Breton page for more details.

Our newest addition to Nanaimo's underwater fleet is the RivTow Lion. This is a perfect novice wreck dive and is conveniently located just across the street from The Buccaneer Inn! The RivTow sits at about 70 feet. The main deck is at 45', the top of the funnel at 36'. Visibility is about 40' to 45'.

Buccaneer Inn: Vancouver Island's #1 Dive Accommodation!Nanaimo and The Buccaneer Inn are central to all of Vancouver Island and are conveniently reached by many different transportation options.  Two B.C. Ferry Terminals serve Nanaimo. The Buccaneer Inn is the closest accommodation to Departure Bay Ferry and only 20 minutes from Duke Point Terminal. Seair Airplanes offers convenient service between Vancouver International Airport and Nanaimo and lands in the Channel just in front of The Buccaneer!

Convenient, Direct Service From Calgary & Edmonton to Comox: Only 1.25 Hours From Nanaimo!Westjet has a direct flight from Calgary and Edmonton International Airports to Comox Airport, which is a short hour drive from The Buccaneer Inn! Our guests who can fly from, or connect through Calgary Airport, are able to enjoy daily non-stop service.

Diving in Port Hardy, Barkley Sound or another Vancouver Island destination? Why not spend a night before or after your dive adventure and see what Nanaimo has to offer!

Looking for great shore dives? Need to do your open water check-out dive? Want to combine a boat charter with some shore diving? We're the right place for you. Nanaimo has an amazing selection of shore diving opportunities, from Wolf Eels at Neck Point to Giant Pacific Octopus at Madrona Point. 

Dave and Marlene are proud that for over a decade, The Buccaneer Inn has been Vancouver Island's #1 Dive Hotel. Our friendly, personal service and great value added amenities, have made us the most requested accommodation for divers visiting Vancouver Island. We proudly feature a package of dedicated dive amenities that no other hotel in Nanaimo offers including gear storage, rinse station, free dryers and an after-checkout shower room so you can clean off before you drive home.  "Dave and Marlene always offer a comfortable, easy overnight stay with no hassles. And at a great price!" says Craig at Silent World in Seattle!

Going to Port Hardy or one of the other dive spots on Vancouver Island? Spend a night with us at the beginning or end of your trip! Click here for Reservations .


Spend a few hours snorkeling with the 250 resident seals at Snake Island! This is a great YEAR-ROUND ADVENTURE FOR ALL THE FAMILY and is sure to be the highlight of your Vancouver Island experience! Be prepared for a good frolic with the seals and some close encounters! These happy characters are as curious about you as you are about them.

Marlene has snorkeled with the dolphins in Florida and finds snorkeling with the seals here a much more exciting, natural experience and certainly a lot more affordable!  Visit our Diving and Snorkeling Adventures pages for complete details.


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