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    Another popular marine protected park that local divers frequent in great numbers is Porteau Cove. Like Whytecliff Park, Porteau Cove boasts several sites within a site; this large cove has plenty of variety to offer divers for repeat visits.

    The most commonly visited sites here are the 3 yellow mooring buoys in the middle of the marine protected bay. You can enter the water at the stairs (at high tide) and swim along the sandy bottom after taking a compass heading to them if your air consumption is good and watch for crabs, tunicates, sea pens and occasionally a dogfish along the way. Alternatively, you can swim along the surface to the buoys and descend down the chains to the Granthall, a sunken barge; the Centennial, a sailboat hull; or the Leaning Tower of Porteau, several concrete pillars piled together as a home for octos, lingcod and other creatures. These dives range from about 35’- 55’ (11-17 metres) and are therefore excellent options for Open Water certified divers. Be sure to check out the jungle gym between the Granthall and Centennial – this is a convenient place to practice your buoyancy skills.

    The Nakaya is another potential dive at Porteau. This old minesweeper is in approximately 70’-100’ of water ( 21-30m) and is therefore an advanced dive. It is also a very lengthy surface swim. This crumbling wreck is marked by the furthest white buoy at Porteau and shouldn’t be attempted on large tidal exchanges due to strong currents hindering an already long swim. The wreck itself is decaying rapidly at this point with portions collapsing. This makes it an interesting site to dive, but under no circumstances should one try to enter any portion of this wreck as it is highly unstable. If you venture out this far, be sure to look for rather large lingcod, longhorn decorator crabs and the variety of nudibranchs that all make the Nakaya their home.

    Porteau Cove is easy to find along Hwy 99.

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    Porteau Cove
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    A local favourite with a little bit of controversy thrown in for flavour. This is a beautiful example of diving in Howe Sound with a fairly well protected bay to explore or sheer wall out around the corner to the right. The many crevasses make great dens for octos which are commonly seen here. If you keep a keen eye out, you may also find a decorated warbonnet in the smaller cracks.

    Kelvin Grove is located in a small park. One can park to drop off equipment at the end of the cul de sac by the gate to the park, but you must take your vehicle back up to the parking lot for the duration of the dive. Keep in mind that, at the moment, there is a 3 hour parking limit. This is enforced; therefore, two dives might be a bit rushed. It is best to be as considerate as possible whilst diving here so as not to bother the residents (and keep diving possible here in the future for others). Keep your voices down, especially after dark and please exercise modesty if changing in or out of exposure protection.
    The walk to the water is perhaps a little longer than that at Whytecliff, but not by much. The entry is somewhat similar.

    Venue
    Kelvin Grove Beach Park

International Diving Centre offers a whole host of diving activities, events and courses in order to keep divers diving and enjoying this exciting and rewarding activity in BC. You need to be trained well and feel confident in order to explore the underwater world. If you are not yet a diver IDC will make it our mission to make you see why this sport lives up to all your expectations with a PADI Open Water course. If you are already certified we welcome you to join our regularly scheduled fun dives and/or multi-day dive trips or get out on a local boat dive.

Local fun dives include the rental or fill of one tank and 25% off all the rest of your rental gear.