Spring Bay

Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Spring Bay

Spring Bay is a very easy dive for beginners, but can become quite difficult if you venture too far out. Although mostly protected from the current that plagues Ten Mile Point, the closer you get to Ten Mile, the more you will feel the current. So, stay in the general area of Spring Bay, and swim into any current you encounter. Our best advice is to get a map of Victoria once you arrive, and locate the general area of the point in the Cadboro Bay district. Find Tudor Ave which runs the length of the small peninsula, and head Southeast. Tudor will eventually bend to the left; continue to the parking lot at the end of the road.
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Zentacle
Zentacle
Sep 21, 2021, 1:07 AM
scuba
This area is used for dive classes because of the easy entry and calm waters. Ten Mile Point is in the background. You are 40m from the water's edge. The lot is big enough to handle 10 cars, but get there early just to be safe.
Marvin
Marvin
Jun 19, 2013, 12:00 AM
scuba
I think Spring bay is pretty good, however always go the left side on a slightly windy day. If ten mile point is not dive able this place is a great alternative, however I once made the mistake to go right towards ten mile point even though it was bad weather. Terrible vis, few fish, lots of plankton was the result. Go left! it's usually better when ten mile point is not. I however recommend the right side for a calm day as a second dive or first dive before ten mile.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Louise Vachon
Louise Vachon
Jun 7, 2012, 12:00 AM
scuba
Great dive site, easy parking, short walk down some stairs to the beach, but the entry is rocky and a little slippery. You can either go right out of the bay towards 10 Mile Point or to the left along a rocky shoreline. We chose left as novice divers because 10 Mile Point is notorious for current, although we dove close to slack tide. We read that going right has more life but wow the left was pretty spectacular anyway! So many different crabs, starfish, and fish, we swam through 'neighborhoods' of giant sea anenomies then huge Purple Sea Urchins, saw several nudibranches and tons of Sea Cucumbers. Relatively good visibility and almost no current as we stayed near the shore.
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Kenneth Smart
Kenneth Smart
Jun 6, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
Vis wasn't that great: 10' on the second dive, 15' at 60'. Tons of kelp hiding rock. Entered on low tide over slippery rocks.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
JS
JS
Aug 24, 2003, 12:00 AM
scuba
I find Spring Bay to be one of my favorite sites. Want to see a great wall with life? Go right. Want to see reefs and nudibranches? Go straight. Want an easy dive with diversity of small life? Head left. An easy entry, consistent vis, always changing life with lots of surprises, Spring Bay is consistently a great dive spot.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Bryan Heit
Bryan Heit
Nov 19, 2002, 12:00 AM
scuba
Nice site. Lots of life, especially as you approach ten mile point. Down side is that there can be a lot of current, especially as you get near to ten-mile.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Neil Lake
Neil Lake
Dec 10, 2001, 12:00 AM
scuba
A tidal dependant dive site, best dived on a slack. Easy shore entry and good range of depth. Have scene a wide variety of marine life including a very large Octopus. This site could please any diver.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Terry Russell
Terry Russell
Oct 6, 2001, 12:00 AM
scuba
Easy entry Max depth 50 ft. A worth will dive. You can also hook up to ten mile Pt. At certain times this can be great, at other times OK. With so many good shore dives in the area we hit this 1 or 2 times a year and enjoy it.
Originally posted on shorediving.com