Union Bay Wreck

Vancouver Island, BC


Submitted By:
Sean Smyrichinsky

Submitter Comments:
Easy to find, easy to access and when you are done the dive shop across the street will fill your tank for FREE.

 Union Bay is home to a 100 ft wreck. The wreck is marked with a buoy and the entry point is the breakwater. The wreck has been down a long time so there is lots of life including octopus & ling cod. This area was once a major port for the loading of coal for steamships, many strange and wonderful artifacts have been found. There are picnic tables and a large propeller on display on the breakwater.

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07/04/2005 Bryan Heit (Avg: 3.25 Review) - This site consists of a large barge, which has become completely encrusted with life. To find the barge enter the water, and swim to the end of the breakwater. From here there is a rope extending out to the barge. It's a long slog to the barge, so be patient. There are some scattered remnants of an old dock to keep you interested, but otherwise there is little but crabs and mud to keep your attention. Once at the barge there is a lot to see - anemones cover it from end-to-end. All kinds of life can be seen living on and under the barge. A few important points though: Firstly, vis in this area is not great, but it improves 1000-fold at high tide. At low tide you'll have trouble seeing your hand; it's much better at high. Secondly, although the dive isn't very deep or challenging, it probably isn't a good choice for beginners. The swim out is quite a distance, and newer divers (or air pigs) may find that they only have a 1/2 tank let when they get to the site. Plus, the distance is simply too far for a surface swim, so underwater is the only way to go. Lastly, be careful during entry. The easiest way in is via the boat launch - along with all the dangers that entails. However, the boat launch area is also full of mud (especially if the tide is low), so don't be surprised if you find yourself bogged down in mud. At high tide you may be able to enter directly off the breakwater - if this can be done it is your best option.

03/18/2005 Anonymous (Avg: 3.52 Review) - Drive to Union Bay boat ramp and park in front of the Large Propeller. Gear up at the picnic tables then walk to the end of the short breakwater. Enter the water and at the end of the break water there is a float attached to a rope that is tied off to the wreck - you can not miss it. The wreck is 100ft long and covered in sea life, including many large fish and a large octopus.

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Diver Averages for  Union Bay Wreck  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.50
Bottom Conditions:  3.00
Reef Conditions:  3.00
Animal Life:  3.50
Plant Life:  4.00
Facilities:  2.50
Solitude 3.50
Roads:  4.50
*Site Average:  3.39

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.00
Beginner Scuba:  3.50
Intermediate Scuba:  3.00
Advanced Scuba:  2.50
Night diving Scuba:  3.50

Number of reviews for this site: 2


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