Overview of Mermaid Cove

Mermaid Cove

Mermaid Cove
Sunshine Coast, BC
Canada

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Site Review by
 Bryan Heit
Date: 07/04/2005

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bryan Heit Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Toronto Reef:    5.00
State:   Ontario Animal:    4.00
Country:   Canada Plant:    4.00
Diving:   8 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   80 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    4.00

Evaluation

*Average:    4.23
This is an excellent dive, with lots to see aside from the Mermaid (but check her out, it's worth it). Entry is a an easy walk down a ramp apparently put in place for the exclusive use of divers. The ramp puts you into a small bay - swim out of the bay to the dive float located just off shore. Descend along the line to the very bottom. The Mermaid is located at a bearing of ~170 degrees from the float's anchor. If you head due south you'll hit the wreck of a small wooden rowboat. On a clear day both the boat and mermaid may be visible from the float anchor. Both are located in a small "valley" - if you find yourself ascending or descending along another wall you've missed them. The small wreck has a few large anenomies and rock fish around it. It is quite intact, and an interesting place to spend a few minutes of your dive. The mermaid herself is amazing, and if you look around her base you'll find a lot of fish and other stuff to look at. But don't just limit yourself to the small valley with the boat and mermaid. There are several cliffs in the area, dropping off to >100' in depth, that are worth exploring. From the mermaid head south - you should hit a wall which drops off quite deep. There is a lot to see on this wall, from sponges, to anenomies, to all kinds of fish. This site also features some tables, a washroom, change rooms, and some outdoor showers where you can rinse your gear. The bay where you enter is also good for swimming. Great place to send the day.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    4.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    5.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2005
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00
 
 


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