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Nanaimo Dive Outfitters

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2205 Northfield Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9S 3C3, Canada
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Dive charter to HMCS Saskatchewan and Snake Island wall

Dives this weekend exceeded my expectations. Boat is perfect for divers. Easy ladder to climb and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
George S
Dive charter to dive the wreck of the HSMC Saskatchewan and Snaked Island wall.

As always, safe and reliable. We will absolutely use Nanaimo Dive Outfitters and the Sea Shepard... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Phil S
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Nanaimo Dive Outfitters and Shepherd Charters provide scuba diving and snorkeling lessons, tours, charters, sales and service to people from all over the world. Dive and stay packages are available. BC has the best cold water diving in the world with unique sealife. Nanaimo offers some of the best shore access as well as boat trips. NDO can provide equipment and a guide to help you enjoy whatever underwater experience you desire. From shore snorkel trips and scuba diving to boat charters to go snorkeling with the seals or scuba diving, there is something for everyone. The Shepherd is our 33ft aluminum dive boat that can take you to some great dive spots including walls, reefs, and artificial reefs or wrecks. She has a large covered deck, storage space below the benches and over head nets for dry storage, an awesome dive ladder, and a marine head.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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2205 Northfield Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9S 3C3, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dives this weekend exceeded my expectations. Boat is perfect for divers. Easy ladder to climb and Capt. Steve gives good instructions on how to navigate to wall and what to see. Both sites had good visibility and lots of marine life. Looking forward to more...More

Thank George S
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks George. It was a pleasure having you aboard and we look forward to your next visit. There are many more great sites to show you and even when you do a site again, different marine life will catch your attention.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As always, safe and reliable. We will absolutely use Nanaimo Dive Outfitters and the Sea Shepard again and will recommend to others thinking of diving Vancouver Island. Good cookies too.

Thank Phil S
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Phil - I slaved over those cookies just for you and your group. It was a fun group and glad the visibility was good for you. The Shepherd is ready to go whenever you are.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Jay was my guide for the day and he was fantastic! I had so much fun and saw so many things (Jay even found me a Giant Pacific Octopus!!). As an operation, I was super impressed with Nanaimo Dive Outfitters (Shirley was great and very...More

Thank MaryKimberley
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your kind words. I know Jay had lots of fun diving with you and I really enjoyed meeting you. I know we are going to see more of you so can't wait to show you more of the diving we have...More

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Reviewed 1 May 2018

I've had the opportunity to dive on the Sea Shepard on two occasions with Captain Steve at the helm. A well run operation to the last drop :). Steve is polite, professional and extremely helpful. He doesn't miss a beat. I'd highly recommend Nanaimo Dive...More

Thank Michel J
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Thanks Michel. It is always a pleasure to have you aboard the Shepherd when you are out our way. You always "brighten" our day.

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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Took my open water course with nanaimo dive outfitters, this being my first time diving i felt the where very friendly and proffesional.the made me feel very comfortable in the gear and and in the pool training. They also took us to various locations around...More

Thank john w
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

We always enjoy introducing people to the under water world and the marine life that abounds on our area and in the oceans around the world. We are very glad that you enjoyed your course and we really look forward to seeing you back in...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

My partner and I were planning a trip to Vancouver Island to complete some SCUBA training and underwater sight-seeing. From first contact Shirley was fantastic to deal with in setting up the itinerary (we had 5 days of diving), and ensuring we got the most...More

Thank Barret H
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

We really enjoyed the week you spent with us Barret. Both of you were eager to learn and good students so that makes it a pleasure and more fun for any instructor. It was so rewarding to see the huge improvement in your diving from...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

I had arrived to Nanaimo Dive Outfitters after an equipment issue with my dry suit had left me anything but dry!! Shirley, Steve, and Theo were all in the shop when I arrived and my suit was good to go after a repair. The following...More

Thank Doug4739
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

We are very glad we could get your drysuit issue resolved so you could have comfortable dives while you were here. Mother Nature was good to you with both the weather and the marine life. We look forward to your next visit so we can...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Summary in brief: Flexible, very friendly and motivated team; rental gear in excellent condition and at a reasonable price; great dive sites!!!! I was on a sightseeing trip through BC and Alberta and had no diving gear with me except my computer ... and of...More

Thank Joachim H
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

We were so glad we could get you out while you were here. We enjoyed having you dive with us and showing you just a few of the great sites we have here. Now you know what to expect when you come back for your...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Nanaimo Dive was great all around. Very good an communicating and getting us set up within an hour of my first email. Very god customer service at the shop, great dive briefings and just all around friendly atmosphere that helps you get the most out...More

Thank Teressa J
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you so much Teressa. We enjoyed sharing your adventure with you and hope you can make it back again sometime.

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Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

This was my first dive after finishing an open water course elsewhere and I am very satisfied with the experience. Theo was not only a knowledgeable instructor but a very friendly and nice human being that took me to a beautiful dive site with incredible...More

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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thanks Patryk. We are happy that you had such a great experience with Theo and that you enjoyed the dive site he took you to. We are blessed with great shore diving as well as boat diving in our area so we have a lot...More

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Julia141598
13 June 2018|
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Response from Michel J | Reviewed this property |
That is certainly possible. Call the shop directly for the pricing to do both. As for Theo or Shirley
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funinthesun745
7 May 2018|
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Response from DiveNanaimo | Property representative |
Hi there. Yes we do offer trips out to Snake Island. The whole adventure takes about 3 hours by the time you get outfitted with equipment and travel time to and from the island. You spend approximately an hour in the water... More
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