Posted by: cherylyoung | April 29, 2012

If diving is your passion then you should come to Victoria BC and check the Swordfish Island Dive

If diving is your passion then you

should come to Victoria BC and check

out the Swordfish Island Dive.

The Swordfish Island dive site is  popular boat

dive site near Victoria, on the Southern tip of

Vancouver Island.

Swordfish is located just off Vancouver Island in

the Strait of Juan de Fuca, around 2-1/2 nautical

 miles southeast of Beacher Bay and 6 nautical

 miles southwest of Pedder Bay

It can be a nice second dive after exploring the

 terrific but current-dependent Race Rocks dive

 site, and a Victoria dive charter operator like

 Pacific Pinnacle Dive Charters typically visits

 these and other favorite Victoria dive

 sites regularly

With its sheltered location, oval shaped Swordfish

 Island marks a good dive for intermediate divers

 with their buddy, or for all qualified divers as part

 of a dive group and you can dive here pretty

 much anytime.

However there can be a current or surge caused

 by boat traffic, so always be prepared, and ensure

 you are properly trained to enter an underwater

 enclosed space.

In addition to loads of colorful marine life, this

 Victoria dive site is known for its 50 foot

(15 meter) long swim-through located on the

 south end, which is sometimes guarded by a large

 pair of Puget Sound King Crabs and can sometimes

 be hidden by a forest of bull kelp.

Once you enter the water, at the eastern end of

 Swordfish Island you’ll find a ridge that runs to

 the south with a nice east facing wall, which is also

fun to explore.

It reaches about 80 feet (24 meters) to a sandy bottom.

As you look around, you’ll see fields of anemones

 along with varieties of small rockfish, and maybe

 you’ll find the octopus and the colorful Puget

Sound King Crabs, wolf eel, nudibranchs, urchins,

 China rockfish, basketstars, cabazons, herring

 shoals in the fall, and loads of other colorful

 marine life.

As you swim through the tunnel, which varies from

 15-25 feet (4-7 meters) deep, you’ll see a ceiling and

 walls covered in large white plumose anemones,

with entrances surrounded by colorful soft coral.

Once you swim through the colorful swim-through,

you’ll exit into an eel-grass bed laden with kelp

greenlings and silverspotted sculpins.

There’s also a forest of bull kelp so ensure you

 have your knife with you.

You can find some great underwater photos of

Swordfish Island at this diver’s website.

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BC A DAY AT A TIME

Our goal is to  share with you all of the fantastic

and facinating things that you can do in BC.

www.bcadayatatime.com   cbythesea@shaw.ca

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Cheryl Young, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C www.cherylyoung

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