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Address: 2205 Northfield Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9S 3C3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-756-1863
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09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:30
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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One of the greatest dive operators out there

I spent 6 days diving with Nanaimo Dive Outfitters. As for my background, I am a PADI Divemaster and IANTD Advanced Nitrox diver with ~150 dives all over the western... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
mattashulman
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Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent 6 days diving with Nanaimo Dive Outfitters. As for my background, I am a PADI Divemaster and IANTD Advanced Nitrox diver with ~150 dives all over the western hemisphere. Shirley and Steve have built a strong business, and surround themselves with staff that further their ideals. I did 4 days of 2-tank guided dives with two of their... More 

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

Wow! Thanks Matt! We certainly enjoyed seeing your sunny smile every day when you were here and enjoyed seeing your appreciation for the marine life our guides were able to show you. We will definitely get you out on the boat and some night diving next time you are here. There is so much more for you to do and... More 

Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

My family stopped in to the dive shop hoping to schedule a dive trip for the next day. We got lucky and no one else had scheduled the boat, so we went out for two morning dives. Shirtly not only scheduled us a dive guide, but also walked us through all of the fish we could expect to see at... More 

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

We are very glad we could help make your adventure possible. You never know when the unexpected is going to happen no matter how much you try to plan. We like it when things work out like they did for you. Just a note that there are only a few species we gently interact with, the majority is look and... More 

Alberta Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Nanaimo Dive Outfitters offers excellent service at the shop and on the dive boat (very comfortable). They were able to service 4 regulators with 2 days notice before our dive days and gave me the old parts - great for learning a bit about what happens in servicing. They accommodated special requests with no issues: weekday dives, steel tanks with... More 

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

Thanks so much for your kind words. We enjoyed having you both aboard the Shepherd and are glad we could get those regs done in time for you. Sometimes it is beneficial to be diving midweek when it tends to be less busy, but it will be great to see you again at any time. More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I was learning dry suit diving over 3 days in late August. Was very impressed with the level of teaching as I studied and learned, and took 6 shore dives with each Shirley and Theo. I'm a fairly new diver, these dives putting me at 21 dives total, so they were being very thorough with making sure I understood the... More 

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

We are really glad you enjoyed your diving with us Chris. You did great in your course and we both enjoyed diving with you and showing you some of the amazing marine life we see. We look forward to your next visit and helping you further your diving education. More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Steve and Shirley were both awesome and went out of their way to organize a second charter for us, as the first was booked and it was our honeymoon. Shirley was very helpful with organizing trip and equipment setup and Steve was a great guide on the boat and in the water. A reassuring presence for someone who hadn't been... More 

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

We are happy that we could be a part of your wonderful honeymoon adventure. It was a pleasure to have you dive with us. Congratulations and all the best to you as you start your new life together! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Very friendly people! I went for 2 dives and I loved it, great dive guide, he knows a lot about the wildlife and very calm. We saw a lot including wolf-eels, octopus,... The day after that we went snorkeling at Snake Island, beautiful and calm waters with a lot of seals that came very close! Would definetly do it again!... More 

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

So glad you enjoyed yourself. It was great to have met you and your family. We look forward to your next visit. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 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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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 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 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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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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 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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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 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 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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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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