Overview of Tuwanek Beach

Tuwanek Beach

Sunshine Coast, BC
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For something completely different, try the Tuwanek Beach dive. You'll be swimming in the very protected Sechelt Inlet, just North of the town of Sechelt. It will be a shallow dive, but worth it for the marine life you may not see elsewhere. You may notice that you can hear a pin drop in this neighborhood. Let's keep it that way!

Directions: In the town of Sechelt, head North on Wharf Ave or Xenichen. Turn right on East Porpoise Road, which becomes Sechelt Inlet Road. Travel for 9.7km until you reach the parking below.

 

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04/15/2010 Derek Hermsen (Avg: 3.47 Review) - 3/28/10- Did two shore dives; first out to the island to the west, and the second out toward the island to the south of the small point. Long surface swim to the west island. I preferred the dive at the south island where we followed a buoy line down to about 80' and followed the black rock wall around the island. There were big Chimney sponges, lots of crinoids, a cool grunt sculpin, a juvenile Yelloweye Rockfish, Copper Rockfish, rose stars, grey brittle stars, various sculpins, tiny red flabellina slugs, and lots of evidence of octopuses, but didn't see one. Very dark at depth due to tannin layer at surface. Honey Bucket is still there, but no other facilities. Not a bad current but viz was bad to west (<7') and better at south (20'+).

11/06/2007 S Schlesier (Avg: 3.25 Review) - Super easy entry. There is one of those plastic outhouses near the road now. You can dive around the island to the left or the island to the right as mentioned below. We found wolf eels around the back of the island to the right ~55-60ft down. We also saw a seal on the surface. The creek was running pretty strong when we were there, so the top 10ft or so was tea colored and COLD, and barely tasted of salt. Below that vis was at least 50ft. And decidedly warmer (that 48F, sort of warm).

09/11/2007 Matt Lees (Avg: 3.75 Review) - Loved this spot. Took my certification dive here because the instructors love it so much we took the trip from Vancouver just to see this. I've been back twice since. Yes there are wolf eels. We saw one out of its den on our cert dive. I thought is was an old tire until the instructor tickled it and it swam away. No one had a camera with them. Damn! Very quiet residential cottage area. No facilities but lots of bushes for the boys. I didn't find the creek to be as cold as noted by one reviewer, and I am a wet suit guy. Loads of tube squirts in the cracks of the rocks looks like it snowed in some areas. Awesome Dive spot!!

03/24/2006 Dan Kjelland (Avg: 3.51 Review) - Dove here twice in January. Excellent vis. 80+ feet. Creek dumps in at entry site. 48 deg F at depth. But the temp of the creek water was 42 F. Wished I had dry gloves. Exiting through that fresh water again was a painful way to end a dive! But I will definitely dive it again. Bottom was a bit bare but lots of stuff to see on the rocks around the island. Easy dive, no current, dive anytime.

03/10/2006 Wally (Avg: 3.71 Review) - I had 2 great dives. During the first, one a seal came along for the whole dive -- very cool! Very nice place, but no washrooms, so plan ahead.

07/04/2005 Bryan Heit (Avg: 4.00 Review) - This is an excellent site for all levels of divers. But don't follow the instructions on this page - you'll miss out on the best part if you stick to the area described in the description! There are essentially two dives at this site - one around the backside of the island on the right, the second around the backside of the island on the left (as seen when standing on the beach looking out-to-sea). Both of these dives are on walls, with the right island bottoming out at ~70', the left island bottoming out at ~120'. The wall on the right island is the best for beginners, as it is not completely vertical. As such depth control is a little easier as you're not suspended over blue water. The left wall is a little more challenging, but can be easily dived by any intermediate divers. Both walls are covered in life including boot sponges, anenomies, nudibrancs (some as big as footballs!), starfish, octopi, and I've heard that wolf eels can be found by the island on the left. Lots of rockfish, perch, and what may have been schools of herring. Three seals make their home in this area, and are quite friendly to divers. No services to mention, although there is a fresh-water creek where you can rinse your gear. A good way to do both dives is to surface swim to the outer edge of either island and drop down. Do the wall, and then make your way back to shore along the bottom. This way you get the see the walls, as well as the 'site' as it is listed here.

02/03/2004 Dave 5 (Avg: 3.31 Review) - Great for beginner all the way up to advanced divers, many different types of diving as well.

09/23/2003 Anonymous (Avg: 3.53 Review) - A beautiful dive with easy entry and a good intermediate dive if you go all the way around the inland.

04/24/2003 Elvis Biochem (Avg: 3.72 Review) - Tuwanek is a great easy dive. Lots of my friends do it as a night dive, but I have always done it during the day. Lots of invertebrate life (tunicates, sponges, alabaster nudibranches, etc...)and fish life. In fall, tons of lion's mane jellyfish. Long surface swim and no facilities there, but no current and fairly good viz.

11/25/2002 Mark Palsson (Avg: 4.25 Review) - Great site! There is no Facilities at all. :-( Tons of life here.

09/17/2002 Dave CoolHand (Avg: 3.98 Review) - An excellent dive site for the beginner to the pro!

04/21/2002 Chris (Avg: 4.00 Review) - Excellent dive location for beginner and advanced alike. Vis was 70 feet..............what a great day.


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Parking

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GPS: SU0101
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Parking at Tuwanek Beach 

Parking is very limited. Drop your gear off down by the point in the distance, and return here to park.

Trail Head

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Trail Head at Tuwanek Beach 

Looking out toward the point, this is the roadside trail.

Overview

 

 

Overview at Tuwanek Beach 

The island is an easy swim from shore with plenty of rocky bottom to explore in-between.

Entry

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Entry at Tuwanek Beach 

You may enter here by the road, or carry your gear out to the point.

Last Verification: July, 2001  

 

Diver Averages for  Tuwanek Beach  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.92
Bottom Conditions:  3.92
Reef Conditions:  3.42
Animal Life:  3.92
Plant Life:  3.42
Facilities:  1.50
Solitude 4.08
Roads:  3.75
*Site Average:  3.71
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.92
Beginner Scuba:  4.67
Intermediate Scuba:  4.67
Advanced Scuba:  4.17
Night diving Scuba:  4.00

Number of reviews for this site: 12

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