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Saxe Point  |  USA: Pacific Northwest

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Victoria, BC

Type: Saltwater-OpenOcean
Difficulty:
Beginner, Intermediate
Access: Easy Shore Entry
Parking: Limited


Ratings (1-5):
Reviews: 2
Enjoyment: 3
Visibility: 3
Current: 3.5
Aquatic Life: 5

Photo Gallery:

Saxe Point
Entry Point
Surf Grass
Frosted Nudibranch
Anemone
Crab



Features

Description

Saxe Point Has two different dive options.

The Cove is an easy shore dive that is available during any but the largest tidal exchanges. It is relatively a flat rocky bottom with some large rock formations scattered about in the cove. This site is often used by instructors teaching basic Open Water classes due to the lack of hazzards and the general protection from current and weather. There is a path to the cove next to the restrooms located on the right just before entering the parking lot. Entry is easy.

The Point is a bit more difficult to access. Park in the parking lot and head out to the point to the left of the largest Rock and find a way down the rocks to the water. The bottom drops off into short walls immediately, about 30' deep, with overhangs and lots of kelp. You can follow the rocks, walls and ledges all the way around to the cove to the right or turn at any point and head out the way you came.

At both sites, the bottom may be covered in leafy kelp during the summer which offers so much protection that it can be difficult to find critters. There is a variety of life here and is worth the dive.

Special Restrictions:

Check the tides and weather before diving.

How to get there:

Saxe Point is located just about 2 miles (3km) from the Johnson Street Bridge. From Esquimalt Rd, turn south on Fraser Street and it will take you all the way to Saxe Point. There is a trail at the north end of the parking lot (to the right of the house) leading to the water.


Thanks to ChevaYEA for submitting this site!
  Comments Leave Review  
Slobert9/21/2008Rating: 3
We jumped in on the east side and enjoyed searching the seaweed for critters. Q pretty cool dive site.

ChevaYEA9/20/2008Rating: 3
Nice dive site. The cove is simple and structurally less dynamic than the wall around the point. The point has interesting structure but the entry is a little more challenging.



 

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