Overview of Clover Point

Clover Point

Clover Point
Vancouver Island, BC
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Site Review by
 Bryan Heit
Date: 09/05/2004

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bryan Heit Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Toronto Reef:    3.00
State:   Ontario Animal:    2.00
Country:   Canada Plant:    3.00
Diving:   8 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   80 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    5.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.30
An interesting dive. Enter at the boat ramp, swim to the outer edge of the kelp be and drop down. Usually you can swim through a channel in the kelp (put there by boaters), but if this is missing then your best bet is to swim under the kelp - the tops are way to thick to crawl through. Most interesting stuff is hidden in the kelp, and is found where the kelp/rocks give way to sandy bottom. In amongst the kelp are numerous species of crabs, nudibranchs, massive moon snails, rockfish and greenlings. In the summer the kelp forest is quite dramatic, especially from the bottom. There is supposed to b e a lot of sea pens out in the sands - I didn't see a single one. But in the sands I did come across several C-O soles (flatfish), some mammoth sunflower stars, eel grass and its associated denizens, as well as numerous types of crabs. Overall an interesting dive. But watch out for currents - they run straight out into the Juan de Fuca straight - you get sucked out and the next landfall is somewhere around Seattle. . .    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    4.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2004
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    5.00
 
 


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