Overview of Tuwanek Beach

Tuwanek Beach

Tuwanek Beach
Sunshine Coast, BC


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


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bryan Heit Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Toronto Reef:    4.00
State:   Ontario Animal:    4.00
Country:   Canada Plant:    4.00
Diving:   8 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   80 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    3.00


*Average:    4.00
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.    

Enjoyment Level

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

Seasonal Information

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

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