Here Be Dragons… Diving near Vancouver

Near Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stephen Pearce

Near Horseshoe Bay. Photo: Stephen Pearce

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on fantastic scuba diving opportunities near Vancouver. This time Stephen explores the Dragon’s Den.

Ancient cartographers used to inscribe dragons and other mythical creatures on the edges of maps to let readers know of unexplored terrain and possible dangers that awaited the unwary traveler. Adventurers pushed back those boundaries; seeking knowledge and thriving on the thrill of finding new discoveries and strange, exotic, vistas.

Scuba divers share a similar passion. And underwater, with the passage of time, even familiar landmarks can seem new and wonderful all over again. Any dive is a great dive.

And then there’s Dragon’s Den…

Photo: Jody Lynn Clark

Photo: Jody Lynn Clark

An aptly named dive site near Anvil Island, only a short distance away by boat from Horseshoe Bay, is a beautiful wall dive with nooks and crannies harbouring all kinds of life. Nudibranchs, sponges, octopus, sculpins – there is always something to see.

Photo: Stephen Pearce

Photo: Stephen Pearce

But, not content with that, divers with a whimsical sense of humour also started to use the crevices to hide dragons of all shapes, and sizes. When it started and how long it’s been going on is an open question – but finding one certainly add a touch of whimsy to an already fascinating dive.

Here be dragons…

Photo: Stephen Pearce

Photo: Stephen Pearce

The gorgeous octopus photos were taken by my dive buddy and published photographer Jody Lynn Clark. They are used here with her permission. And the Captain of the boat was Marc Palay with HAS Diving and President of New World Diving HAS.

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Safe diving.

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