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Address: 2205 Northfield Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9S 3C3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-756-1863
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Nanaimo Dive Outfitters and Shepherd Charters provide scuba diving and...

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, store space below the benches and in over head nets, an awesome dive ladder, and a marine head.

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Amazing time snorkeling with the seals!

The owners want to make your adventure a good one and you can tell they love what they do. You usually pick up your gear the day before for the snorkeling if needed and they will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mika W
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Edmonton, Canada

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Edmonton, Canada
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56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The owners want to make your adventure a good one and you can tell they love what they do. You usually pick up your gear the day before for the snorkeling if needed and they will outfit you. You are expected to show up the next day, ready to go at the pier. If you need help with gear, the... More 

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Ladysmith, Canada
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

The owners,Shirley and Steve, are awesome! They sell only the best names in diving, and supply A1 training. Their goal isn't just to throw gear down your throat (unlike another North Nanaimo Dive shop;-). They are in this game to establish a long-lasting relationship with you and strive to make your diving experiences the best they can be. I wish... More 

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Thank DICEDiver
DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your awesome words. It is happy customers like you that make anything we do so worthwhile. We look forward to your next visit to the shop! More 

Pender Island, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We visit this dive shop several times a year for nitrox, reg servicing and VIPs. The staff are friendly and very good at servicing. Always a pleasure to do business here.

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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the kind words. We really try our best and always appreciate it when we hear our customers are happy. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Shirley was awesome setting up our family of six with all the gear to go snorkel and swimming with the seals off Snake Island. We had a great day with the seals, but the surprising part was the tidal pools on Snake Island. They offered so much more than we expected, as there was all kinds of sea creatures there... More 

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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this review

Bill was determined he was going to find that camera. Hope you like the photo of himself under water that he left just to show that it still worked! We were very happy to have you all aboard and pleased that you could enjoy some of the awesome sealife that we are grateful to enjoy all the time. More 

Bradford, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Booked the diving from overseas, so wasn't sure what to expect. Service was excellent, guides were very knowledgeable and helpful, and overall made the experience memorable.

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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this review

Thanks so much for putting your trust in us to provide you with an awesome underwater adventure. We enjoyed having you here and glad we could get you out on the Shepherd as well. We look forward to your next visit - we have lots more to show you. More 

Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

It's a gem located a ways out of the centre of Nanaimo - but well worth the extra drive. They had everything we needed to rent for our dive gear and great rental rates. They were more than willing to go out of their way to make sure we would have great dives even though we weren't hiring them as... More 

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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this review

We were happy that we could help you get out and experience the amazing sealife we have in our waters and glad that you enjoyed the trip. Come and visit any time you are back in the area. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

I booked a float plane/"snorkeling with seals" tour via Harbour Air (apparently with a different dive company) for myself, 2 friends, and my brother visiting from out of town over a busy holiday weekend. Unfortunately, Harbour Air cancelled the snorkeling portion of the tour at the last minute which was disappointing. I emailed several different companies to figure out an... More 

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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this review

We are very happy that we were able to accommodate your group. It was a pleasure meeting you and glad that you enjoyed snorkeling with the seals. Hopefully you can come back another time. More 

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I arranged a dive trip to the Island from Calgary with a friend on the November 2014 long weekend. Derrick and Shirley were contacted in early October and arranged rentals, local guides and a day of boat diving on the Sea Dragon. Everything was there when we arrived at the dive shop. Matteo and Matt were great guides and were... More 

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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this review

Glad you guys enjoyed your trip and that we could help you get back in the water after so long. See you again next year! More 

Fort McMurray, Alberta
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Arranged a dry suit course and 5 days of diving through Shirley. Everything went off without a hitch. Dove with with Shirley, Steve, Dirk, Sean and Matt all were great to dive with.

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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this review

So glad you had a great time. We all enjoyed showing you the waters around Nanaimo. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Shirley was knowledgeable and attentive. I hadn't been diving in a while and Shirley was very understanding and helped me get back in the swing of things quickly. I recommend them highly.

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DiveNanaimo, Owner at Nanaimo Dive Outfitters, responded to this review

It was great to help you get back into diving - and you did really well too. I hope are able to make it back again in the near future. We would love to get the chance to dive with you again. More 

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