St.Paul IslandNova Scotia


Dive site characteristics

Types Sea dive Shipwreck dive Deep dive Fauna dive
Conditions Satisfying or excellent visibility Thermocline or cold water
Interests Sea stars Sea shells Seals or other pinnipeds
Providers Parking Boat ramp Picnic tables W.C. Bathroom
Planning Rescue in case of emergency Weather conditionsFerries scheduleRoad conditionsRoad maps

Diving notes

Behavior to have: respect the environment and the fauna.

The dives are done from a boat (except otherwise). The water current is mild (except otherwise). Ask to local people. The dives are done in sea water, watch your buoyancy. Raise the weight on your weight belt accordingly. A 7.5mm thick neoprene wet suit is mandatory. A dry suit may be more suitable depending of your comfort habits. Water temperature is around 60°F but with underwater currents it may drop to around 37 to 48°F.

Entry points


Note: directions are accurate as possible, it is recommended to dive with someone knowing the site.

  Depth   Site  Characteristics
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~75′St.Paul IslandBe carefull about currents which may be strong depending where you dive. Check the tide schedule. It is most preferrable to dive at low or at high tide. Be carefull about tourist boats around the island! 350 shipwrecks recorded.

Driving directions

In order to get to the island, you must first get to Dingwall in Cape Breton Island. Follow the Cabot Trail at either the Canso Causeway or the Englishtown Ferry exit.

St. Paul Island is approximately at 22 nautical miles off shore (3 hours one way by boat). The island is only 3 miles long and 1 mile across at its widest point. There are over 350 recorded shipwrecks and over 1000 people buried on the island in unmarked graves. It is for these reasons that it is referred to as the "Graveyard of the Gulf". The remains of wrecks can be dated from the 1700ís, 1800ís and early 1900ís. Because of its location, St. Paul Island has not yet been fully explored and every year a new wreck is located. With average visibility in access of 30 meters year round. Marine life that is abundant.

Diver’s services

Providers Address Phone Services
St.Paul Island Trading  599 Main Road,
Dingwall
902 383-3483 air, rentals, charter (May-Sep)

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