Overview of Martin Cove

Martin Cove

Sunshine Coast, BC


For another remote neighborhood dive, Martin Cove offers plenty to explore. The beach entry makes this dive suitable for all experience levels

Directions: In the Pender Harbor area, 14.8km North of Halfmoon Bay on 101, turn left on Frances Peninsula Road. Be prepared for a wonderfully winding road!


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11/29/2018 Sam Beaton (Avg: 3.31 Review) - Awesome site! I dive here at least once a week. Giant Pacific Octopus, Ruby Octopus, Wolf Eels, Ling Cod, Rock Fish, Chimney Sponge, Nudibranchs, occasional sea lion or seal etc. Steep trail down to water and no bathroom are the down side to this site. I go down to about 100 feet on this site. Stay to the right as you enter the water and follow the wall down. I've been down as deep as 130ft here.

08/08/2011 Bracey (Avg: 3.27 Review) - Amazing dive site that starts in a protected shallow cove and leads out in to deeper water. The wall does turn to the right after maybe a 25 minute swim, and looks like it drops down to over 100 feet. Worth the drive.

02/02/2010 Ted Ramsden (Avg: 2.65 Review) - A pretty decent dive site. Kind of tricky to get to but worth the drive and the trek down the hill. Lots of life on the wall in the bay to photograph and examine. Around the point the wall tiers out a few times and seems to go for quite a while.

12/31/2006 Andrew at Hope (Avg: 2.97 Review) - Very good intermediate level wall dive. Gently sloping sand bottom leads too nicely tiered wall on the right side of the cove. Boot sponges begin at 65 feet. The sandy slope had many giant nudibranchs when we dove on Dec.30, and evidence of wolf eels on the wall but none seen. Good viz made this a site I plan too revisit.

09/14/2004 Richard (Avg: 2.60 Review) - The trail to this place is steep! Getting down is ok, but its a beast to get back to your car. Very limited parking and its difficult to meander your way from the highway to this site. That said, this is one of the better wall dives you can do from shore it this area. When we were there, vis was fair at 15 feet. I imagine wintertime would make this a nice site. The wall slopes gradually, so its a good site for beginner buoyancy skills to improve. Fish are not abundant, but common. Decent #s of invertebrate life are easy to find.

11/25/2002 Mark Palsson (Avg: 2.85 Review) - This site is a little confusing to get to. The roads in the area are not marked very well. Very easy entry. No bathrooms at all. The locals are friendly to divers.(nice change) Vis was great when we dove there. Sadly not to much life. Saw one octopus and a few star fish, but not much else. For the length of the drive to get to this site for what u will see, one could pick a better site.

09/17/2002 Dave CoolHand (Avg: 3.92 Review) - A great wall for all levels of divers.


Site Photos

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Entrance at Martin Cove 

The intersection is off the main highway. From here you will drive about 6.5km on Francis until you see the intersection below with Martin Road.


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Parking at Martin Cove 

That small dirt road is Martin, and there will be a fire hydrant by the sign on the left that marks the trail head.

Trail Head



Trail Head at Martin Cove 

The trail is easy, but could be a little slippery if wet. Just help your buddy, and don't carry too much equipment at once.




Overview at Martin Cove 

An overview of the entry area. A rocky point is just off to the left.


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Entry at Martin Cove 

Help your buddy ease into the water, and begin your short swim to the point.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Martin Cove  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.29
Bottom Conditions:  3.57
Reef Conditions:  2.86
Animal Life:  3.00
Plant Life:  3.29
Facilities:  1.43
Solitude 3.86
Roads:  3.00
*Site Average:  3.08

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.43
Beginner Scuba:  3.86
Intermediate Scuba:  4.14
Advanced Scuba:  4.00
Night diving Scuba:  3.86

Number of reviews for this site: 7


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