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Vancouver Island, B.C.
Scuba Diving Pictures from Madrona Point in Nanaimo/Parksville, B.C. Canada.
These are medium quality jpegs. But I have the RAW images as well.
Directions to the dive site located at the bottom of this page.
Type of dive: shore dive but the far wall would be best with a boat
Rating for this dive site: 8/10 for a combination of easy entry at high tide, some wall structure and variety of life
Parking: space for about five cars, trucks,...
Boat ramp: none
Ease of entry: 9/10 at high tide  [Wheel chair access: No]
Abundance of life: 7/10 but some spots 8/10 along the walls
Accommodations:  There are several places in Nanaimo or even Parksville that you could find places to stay at.
Attractions: There are two walls here. A shallow one to the west, and a deep one to the north.
Bottom and depth: the wall to the north goes as deep as a 100 feet [30 m]
Facilities: none
Hazards/Obstacles: Best dove at hight tide as the solid rock can be slippery due to the algae on the rocks
Sensitivity to tide/current: current can be a challenge on the shallow wall as the bay empties, but deep wall is less sensitive to this.
Terrain: mostly solid rock walls near the shore, and sand at the bottom of the walls
Tides, transportation and weather: Fisheries and Oceans Canada Tide Page., BC Ferries Schedule and Sailings. , The Weather Network

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The following images are thumbnails. If you click on them a larger image will open up and the picture will take up most of your screen. Again these are medium qualifty jpegs. Higher quality images can be purchased directly from me via paypal using my email address And many of these photos can be found for sale on Cafepress through the Calendar link and Photo CD link. As well some of these can be found as posters via Cafepress, and some of these ocean life photographs are available as widescreen backgrounds via the widescreen link immediately below some of the photographs.

A few people have already asked me about "What is that pink stuff on the rocks in some of the pictures?" Well, they're usually Pink Rock Crust (aka Encrusting Coralline Algae) or in some cases might even be Encrusting Hydrocorals. They're eaten by a variety of animals - apparently as a good source of calcium.

Parking Lot
Mainland in distance
Interior of Island
Parking area at the end of  Madrona Drive
Facing north east - Mountains on the mainland
Facing west - Mountains on Vancouver Island
High Tide

Where I normally enter the water - low tide
Dive only at high tide or just before - peaks here


Pacific Giant Octopus? baby - same individual as shown on right. (Sept 23, 2006)
Octopus - knuckle walking - have a small video of this on photo CD01
(Sept 23, 2006) This photo also appears on the marine-life calendar 2009 for
Mollusks of the Pacific Northwest. North America 2009 Calendar v01
Pacific Giant Octopus [?] - baby - same individual as shown on right. (Seppt 23, 06) Same individual as on left - could also be a Red Octopus - if so then adult.


Decorator Crab
Northern Kelp Crab
Decorator Crab (?) - If you look closely you can see its legs. ( January 25, 2006) Northern Kelp Crab  ( January 25, 2006)
Two Sharp Nosed Crabs
Sharp Nosed Crab
Two Sharp Nosed Crabs ( January 25, 2006)
This photo also appears on the marine-life calendar 2009 for Crustaceans of the
Pacific Northwest
. North America 2009 Calendar v01
Sharp Nosed Crab ( January 25, 2006)
Sharp Nosed Crab
Dungeness Crab
Sharp Nosed Crab ( January 25, 2006) Red Rock Crab ( January 25, 2006)
young Puget Sound King Crab
young Puget Sound King Crab
young Puget Sound King Crab (April 17, 2006) young Puget Sound King Crab (April 17, 2006)
Decorator Crab
Red Rock Crab
Decorator Crab - name ? (April 17, 2006) Red Rock Crab (Sept 23, 2006)
Black Eyed Hermit Crab
Golf Ball Crabs
Black Eyed Hermit Crab (February 26, 2007)
Golf Ball Crabs (February 26, 2007)
Purple Shore Crab
Yellow Shore Crab
Purple Shore Crab (July 10, 2007)
Yellow Shore Crab (July 10, 2007)
juvenile Puget Sound King Crab

A juvenile Puget Sound King Crab - about 5 inches [12.5 cm] across main shhell
This is the largest one I've ever seen here. An adult would be 12 inches [30 cm]
across the main shell/carapace. (February 17, 2008)

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Ling Cod
Painted Greenling
Ling Cod  ( January 25, 2006) Painted Greenling ( January 25, 2006)
Scalyhead Sculpin
Scalyhead Sculpin
Scalyhead Sculpin (?) ( January 25, 2006) Scalyhead Sculpin (?)( January 25, 2006)
Kelp Greenling
Kelp Greenling
Kelp Greenling - female (April 17, 2006) Kelp Greenling - female (April 17, 2006)
Copper Rockfish
Copper Rockfish
Copper Rockfish or Quillback ? (April 17, 2006) Copper Rockfish or Quillback ? (April 17, 2006)
School of Fish
Painted Greenling
(April 17, 2006) Painted Greenling (April 17, 2006)
Grunt Sculpin
Grunt Sculpin (April 17, 2006) Ronquil or Goby (April 17, 2006)
Irish Lord English Sole
Irish Lord (September 23, 2006)
English Sole (September 23, 2006)
Orange Tunicate and Tube Snout
Kelp Greenling - male
Tube Snouts and an Pacific Sea Peach [tunicate] (September 23, 2006)
Kelp Greenling - male (September 23, 2006)
Kelp Greenling - male
Ling Cod
Kelp Greenling - male (September 23, 2006)
Ling Cod (February 26, 2007)
Rough Back Sculpin
Ronquil or Goby
Rough Back Sculpin (September 23, 2006))
Black Eyed Goby on Sand Star (September 23, 2006)
Starry Flounder

Starry Flounder (September 23, 2006)

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Mollusks & Nudibranchs [aka Sea Slugs]

Red Flabellina
Red Flabellina Nudibranch ( January 25, 2006) Not sure of species name. ( January 25, 2006)
Sea Lemon
Giant Dendronotid - nudibranch, sea slug
Sea Lemon ( January 25, 2006) Giant Dendronotid (February 26, 2007)
Opalescent Nudibranch
Nudibranch and young Sunflower Starfish
Opalescent  Nudibranch (April 17, 2006) Opalescent  Nudibranch and young Sunflower Starfish (April 17, 2006)
Leopard Nudibranch
Red Dendronotid - nudibranch
Leopard Nudibranch (February 26, 2007)
Red Dendronotid (July 10, 2007)
Chiton of some kind (February 17, 2008) Chiton of some kind (February 17, 2008)
adult Moon Snail
juvenile Moon Snail
Moon Snail - adult (February 17, 2008) Moon Snail - juvenile (February 17, 2008)
Rock Scallop
Geoduck Clam
Rock Scallop - usually they have a laryer of sponge growing on them.
Kind of surprising to see one so clean. (February 17, 2008)
Geoduck Clam (February 17, 2008)
two White Lined Dironas

White Lined Dirona -two of them (February 17, 2008)

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Sea Anemones ( Cnidarians )

Sea Anemones
Pink Tipped Anemones
Pink Tipped Anemones - very common here in the shallows  ( January 25, 2006) Pink Tipped Anemones ( January 25, 2006)
Giant Plumose Anemone
Buried Green Anemone
young Gaint Plumose Anemome (April 17, 2006) Buried Green Anemone (April 17, 2006)
Buried Sea Anemone
Sea Anemone
Buried Sea Anemone (April 17, 2006) name ? (April 17, 2006)
Crimson Anemone
juvenile Giant Plumose Anemone
Crimson Anemone (February 26, 2007)
juvenile Giant Plumose Anemone (February 26, 2007)
Painted Anemone
Swimming Anemone
Painted Anemone (February 26, 2007)
Swimming Anemone (February 26, 2007)
Anemones on western wall

Large group of Short Plumose Anemones on the western wall - natural lighting
(February 17, 2008)

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  Echinoderms  ( Sea Cucumbers & Starfish )

Brittle Stars
Brittle Stars
Brittle Stars - very common here ( January 25, 2006) Brittle Stars ( January 25, 2006)
Sunflower Starfish
Striped Sunstar
Sunflower Starfish - about 3 feet ( 1 metre ) in diameter. (April 17, 2006)
Very common here.
Striped Sunstar - almost 3 feet ( 1 metre ) in diameter. (April 17, 2006)
Creeping Petal Sea Cucumber
Leather Star with six arms
Creeping Petal Sea Cucumber (April 17, 2006) Leather Star with six arms (March 24, 2007)
Sea Cucumber
Sea Cucumber
Sea Cucumber (March 24, 2007)
Sea Cucumber (March 24, 2007)
Sea Cucumber beside Spiny Pink Star
Spiny Pink Star
Sea Cucumber crawling over a Spiny Pink Star (February 26, 2007)
Spiny Pink Star (March 24, 2007)
Spiny Mud Star
Spiny Mud Star
Spiny Mud Star as you normally see them - buried (March 24, 2007)
Spiny Mud Star - on the move (March 24, 2007)
Spiny Pink Star - with an itch?
Two Sunflower Stars - doing?
Spiny Pink Star - with an itch? (March 24, 2007)
Two Sunflower Stars - doing what? (September 23, 2006)
White Sea Urchin
Painted Sea Star and group of Brittle Stars
White Sea Urchin (February 26, 2007)
Painted Star and a group of Brittle Stars (February 17, 2008)
A juvenile Striped Sunstar
Red Sea Urchin
A juvenile Striped Sunstar (February 17, 2008) Red Sea Urchin - not common here (February 17, 2008)
Creeping Petal Sea Cucumber

Creeping Petal Sea Cucumber (February 17, 2008)


Sea Vases - tunicates
Sea Vases - tunicates (February 26, 2007)
Sea Vases - tunicates (February 17, 2008)
Orange Sea Squrits

Orange Sea Squirts - about two inches [5 cm] across (February 17, 2008)

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Sponge Sponge
Sponge (April 17, 2006) Same sponge almost a year later. Some new growth apparent. (Feb 26, 2007)
Yellow Boring Sponge
Finger Sponge
Yellow Boring Sponge (February 26, 2007)
Orange Finger Sponge (March 24, 2007)


Calcareous Tube Worm Tube Worm
Calcareous Tube Worm (February 26, 2007) Calcareous Tube Worm and something odd on the left of it. (April 17, 2006)
Orange Sea Pen Orange Sea Pen
Orange Sea Pen - quite common in this area (February 26, 2007) Orange Sea Pen (February 26, 2007)

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Madrona Point
Follow the Island Hwy north towards Parksville, at Nanoose Bay you will come across Northwest Bay Road at the set of traffic lights. Make a right on to it. Follow Northwest Bay Rd for a few kilometers, and make a right onto Arbutus Drive, then a left onto Madrona Drive and follow it to the end. About a kilometre. The end of Madrona Drive is the parking lot. There is only room for about four cars here.

If you want to print out a map you can user either:

Google Maps : enter Madrona Drive Nanoose Bay BC
MapQuest : enter Madrona Drive for the Address, Nanoose Bay for the City, BC for the State/Province

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