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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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Great seal snorkelling

My wife and I managed to get a late booking to snorkel with seals at Snake Island. We received a warm welcome and were fitted out with the correct kit. The boat is really well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2016
helen N
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

My wife and I managed to get a late booking to snorkel with seals at Snake Island. We received a warm welcome and were fitted out with the correct kit. The boat is really well fitted out and the ride to the destination was easy. We did as recommended and positioned ourselves in the water and waited for the seals... More 

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

We are really glad you enjoyed your adventure on the Shepherd and got to be face to face with the seals; and to see the otters in there too is a real treat. Thanks for visiting us. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Great service: friendly, patient, enthusiastic and so helpful!! They were organized and efficient while still being helpful and friendly, I felt safe and comfortable from beginning to end. Go out and enjoy a dive with these guys!!

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

We are really glad you enjoyed yourself. It was a pleasure to dive with you. More 

Thetford Mines, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

Really nice dive shop, well organized, clean, quality material. Exceptional guide dive tour. Security a priority. Really enjoyed my experience and recommend to anyone!

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

It was awesome having you dive with us. Thank you for your kind words. We hope you can come back and spend a bit more time next time. There is so much more to show you. More 

Seattle, Washington, Usa
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Steve and Shirley were knowledgeable, friendly, and made this dive trip an unforgettable experience! Nanaimo is a must visit cold water dive destination with multiple wrecks, reefs, and wall dives. If you're traveling from the US, the exchange rate makes diving with Nanaimo Dive Outfitters the deal of the century!

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

We really enjoyed having all of you visit! Great divers, great fun, and pretty good weather too. You make our job enjoyable. We look forward to your next visit. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Did a dive and then joined my friends while they snorkeled with the seals. Both the dive and the snorkeling were great. My dive guide, guy with the fantastic beard (sorry I forgot his name) was fantastic and very knowledgeable with the plant and animal life. Thanks for your help Steve and Shirley, we will see you again !!

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

Glad we could get you out on a dive at the same time as the snorkeling Trevor. It was fun having you all on board and Theo enjoyed the snorkeling too. We look forward to your next adventure with us! More 

Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

If your visiting the island I would highly recommend this shop. The shop has many accessories and equipment rentals, as well as having a dive charter service and guided shore dives to accomodate all types of divers from beginner to advanced. The best part of this shop is by far the staff. They are extremely accomodating and will go out... More 

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

Thanks so much Matt. It is always a pleasure to have you both visit and go diving with us. We look forward to seeing you again in the summer and making use of the new skills Steph learned. More 

Edmonton, Canada
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69 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

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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Thank Mika W
Ladysmith, Canada
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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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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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Thank NatureDiver
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
2 reviews
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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Thank Clark H
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 

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