Willis Point

Willis Point
Vancouver Island, BC


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


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

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


*Average:    3.89
Willis point is a great wall dive, and can have great vis. From the entry point (fire road, next to house 7442), swim directly out form shore until you are parallel with the docks at the adjacent homes. Drop down - water should be 30' or 40' deep at this point. Follow the bottom down to the top of the cliff. Descend to your desired depth and head left (south) along the cliff. Like most sights in the Saanich area this dive site tends to have a 'ceiling' of good vis. This year (early Sept 2004) vis was about 2' until 30' in depth, then vis opened up to at least 50'. Because the water here can be quite clear divers should take care to monitor their depth - at high tide the bottom of this cliff can be at over 130' in depth. In terms of life there is a lot to see, but it's mostly small stuff (photographers, bring your macro lens). Many types of sponges, including boot and cloud sponges can be found here. This is one of Victoria's 6-gill shark 'hot spots', so keep your eye's peeled. Unfortunately, there are a few hazards here. No current or waves to speak of, but there are a lot of boats (bring your flag) and large jellyfish here. Lastly, don't park on the fire road, and try to keep quiet. Local residents have already shut off easy shore access to one site in this area (McKenzie Bight), so lets not give them a reason to shut this one down as well.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    2.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

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

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