Overview of Ten Mile Point

Ten Mile Point

Ten Mile Point
Vancouver Island, BC
Canada

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Site Review by
 Bryan Heit
Date: 09/05/2004

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

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

Evaluation

*Average:    4.18
I've already done a review of this site, but after another visit I thought I would add in a few things. First, this can be an exciting drift dive if you miss slack. Not a good idea for beginners or the faint-of-heart, but you can see a heck of a lot if you time your dive for when currents are moving about 1 knot. I wouldn't recommend taking it faster then this - currents can get up to 3.5 knots (or more?) at this site, and that would be plain scary. Best stuff is in the 70 foot to 90 foot range. If diving during slack try and stay immediately under the parking area - here is more diverse & a higher density of life under the parking lot. The amount of life dramatically drops as you move around the point. I couldn't even begin to describe what you'll see here - anemones so densely packed you can't see the wall behind it. Cold-water sponges and corals, barnacles, scallops, all kinds of rock fish, octopi, wolf eels, and if rumors are true - orcas. Definitely one of the top Victoria-area dives, and quite possibly my favorite shore dive in the world!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    1.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    3.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2004
Visibility:    3.00
Current:    1.00
Surf:    3.00
 
 


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