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“Amazing Experience with the Seals”

Nanaimo Dive Outfitters
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Nanaimo Dive Outfitters and Shepherd Charters provide scuba diving and snorkeling lessons, tours, charters, sales and service to people from all over the world. Dive and stay packages are available. BC has the best cold water diving in the world with unique sealife. Nanaimo offers some of the best shore access as well as boat trips. NDO can provide equipment and a guide to help you enjoy whatever underwater experience you desire. From shore snorkel trips and scuba diving to boat charters to go snorkeling with the seals or scuba diving, there is something for everyone. The Shepherd is our 33ft aluminum dive boat that can take you to some great dive spots including walls, reefs, and artificial reefs or wrecks. She has a large covered deck, storage space below the benches and over head nets for dry storage, an awesome dive ladder, and a marine head.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

We recently were taken out to snake Island with Nanaimo Dive Outfitters and it was the highlight of our trip to the West Coast. Capt Steve was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful on the trip and we got to swim close to the seals. Do listen to the advice to look up once and a while as they are curious and can be really close to you at the surface and you’d never notice if you’re looking under water. I’ll definitely be back next time I get the change to go to Nanaimo!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Nathan B
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed yourself. We definitely try to make sure that it is a great experience for all, including the seals. We appreciate that you followed the rules when they came near you. We look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

Nanaimo dive outfitters was a great place to have my daughter try cold water diving for the first time after being open water certified in Mexico. They supplied all the gear and Matt was a patient and helpful dive master that guided us to 2 great dives in Nanoose bay. For what we got the price was reasonable and the service professional and safe. Thanks!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paul E
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itbefun, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2018

Thank you Paul. It was great to have met you both and to show your daughter the marine life that we have in our area. It is always great to help someone expand their diving experiences. We hope you can come back again in the future.

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Reviewed July 4, 2018

Took dry suit training with Shirley who is more than patient and the best person to deal with.

Went on a couple of dives off Nanoose with Chris who was also wonderful.

I highly recommend Nanaimo Dive Outfitters to all!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Alan C
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

Thanks so much Alan. It was great to work with you and get you out enjoying our waters. We look forward to diving with you more when you get back.

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Reviewed July 2, 2018

While I was unable to get on a boat charter because they didn't have a second diver, Shirley and the team at NDO were very accommodating, offering me two shore dives. Once assessing my experience level and interest in marine life, they paired me with a dive master suited to my needs/interests, so that I could get the most out of the dives. Got to see a giant Pacific octopus and a lot of nudibranchs, rockfish, lingcod, greenlings, gobies, sculpins, tunicates, etc. I also rented all gear (except mask) from them, and it was all in great shape. The wet suits were clean and looked practically new.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Lillian T
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2018

Thanks Lillian. I am so glad we could get you out there. It is always a pleasure to show someone the marine life we have in our waters and have them enjoy it as much as you did. Hopefully you can come back and visit again another time.

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Reviewed June 26, 2018

It was a great experience with amazing wildlife encounters. Very peaceful on the water. The boat is very comfortable and the dive ladder is easy to climb. The captain is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. They did a great job catering to all skill levels as well.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank phielan
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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

It was great to have you both aboard. I hope you got a few good photos. I wish we had our camera on you to take pictures of your adventure. Hopefully we can do it next time. Thanks for coming out with us.

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