Esquinalt Lagoon

Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Esquinalt Lagoon

For an easy dive, without the hazards of rocks, kelp and strong current, Esquinalt Lagoon offers the chance to see the bottom dwellers you'd expect on a sandy stretch of coast. There are no facilities in the immediate area, so bring water and warmth! From Victoria Harbor, take the Trans-Canada Highway (1) to the North. In 9km go South on Highway 14 (Old Island Highway). In 1.8km turn left on Ocean Blvd and travel for 1km until you reach the bridge below.

Esquinalt Lagoon Tide Chart and Surf Report (Beta)

Monday
5:08 AM / 3.182ft
Monday
10:51 AM / 5.604ft
Monday
4:20 PM / 2.043ft
Monday
11:22 PM / 7.220ft
Tuesday
5:31 AM / 2.369ft
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Zentacle
Zentacle
Sep 21, 2021, 1:04 AM
scuba
Heading down the hill and over the lagoon bridge, this sign will point you into the lagoon area. You'll actually want the beach just to the left. A sandy entry makes this very easy for beginners. For any non-divers, this is a neat stretch of beach to comb!
Paul Kroeker
Paul Kroeker
Dec 19, 2014, 12:00 AM
scuba
My dive buddy and I stopped in a bit late in the afternoon December 11th, 2014. We arrived about 15:50 hrs and were suited up and diving by 16:32. Our plan was to catch a few crabs for dinner. There were tons of dungenous crabs here. We used the chase 'em, scoop 'em, and bag 'em method. It worked well to my surprise and we caught 4 eaters in 21 minutes. Unfortunately, I lost sight of Talis in the 15 ft visibility and we surfaced. By this time it was dark. The shore lights along the road made it easy to swim back in the right direction to shore.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Lloyd Haskell
Lloyd Haskell
Jul 2, 2010, 12:00 AM
scuba
If you take the time to look there is a multitude of small life here . The crabs ... a bonus.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Bryan Heit
Bryan Heit
May 10, 2006, 12:00 AM
scuba
There is no real reason to do this dive unless you're after crab, but it is a great place to go crabbing. Here the issue isn't finding legal-sized crabs, rather it's finding ones small enough to fit in your crab bag! Aside from that there isn't much too see. The bottom is sandy, so this may be a good area for practice diving. A lot of boaters come in close to shore here (to crab and fish), so a flag is a good idea.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Jes Saliba
Jes Saliba
May 9, 2004, 12:00 AM
scuba
A very shallow dive. You can swim out almost 600 meters and it's still under 20 feet. A great place to go crabbing as the king crabs are huge here. Found some sand dollars and skates here. Time it for slack tide as you could get swept out.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Anonymous
Anonymous
Mar 9, 2003, 12:00 AM
scuba
Flat sand bottom. Shrimp, lots of Dungeness crabs. Had to swim out on the surface for about 20 minutes to reach 40 foot depths, but easy beach access. If you're after crabs, great, but not much else to see.
Originally posted on shorediving.com