Dive site characteristics
Source: permission Denis Caissy
On the aerial photo, you can see the lighthouse of Port Daniel. The dive is done at the shore just below the point on the right lower side between the two rocky points.
On the site of Info Gaspésie, you can take a look at a picture taken from the shore of the lighthouse of Port Daniel giving a more realistic view of the dive site.
Behavior to have: respect the environment and the fauna.
From the lighthouse, at the end of the private road, you need to carry your gear over a distance of about 100 to 200m to the sea shore. Choose a nice day to go there. You will have to go down a slope to get to the shore.
Another alternative way is to use a boat from a small quay (used by the local fishermen). Use the local services (get informed...)
Please take note that there are sometimes strong water currents and also during high tides.
You must know that an abundant presence of jelly fish has been sometimes noted due to currents. Please get informer and don’t leave any part of your skin uncovered (wear all the parts of your wet suit, gloves, hood, etc).
The dives are done from a shore (except otherwise). 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 varies around 60°F but with underwater currents it may drop to around 48°F.
It is important to note that if you do your dive from the shore, a dive flag is mandatory. It is important to know that you may encounter lobsters which may have claws as large as a man’s hand...watch your fingers. Watch your buoyancy otherwise you may sting yourself on urchins. Seals on their side like sometimes to play with you... Take note that in case of emergency, the cell phone can be used on most of the dive sites, please ask and test (phone someone before diving).
Note: directions are accurate as possible. It is recommended to go with someone who knows the site.
To display on Google map, click on the link
In order to access the site by the private road, you need to ask permission and pay an access fee (5$ in 2003).
From Montreal, take highway 20 going East toward Quebec city. Follow up to Rivière-du-Loup where the road becomes road 132. Follow up to Ste-Flavie. From there, 2 routes are possible (take a look at the road map). You may follow the 132 by the North road along the St.Lawrence River up to Port Daniel or follow the 132 by the South road along the Chaleurs Bay up to Port Daniel.
Once arrived at Port Daniel, you need to go toward the lighthouse. The point is about 3km at West of Port Daniel. From road 132, you need to turn South on Route de la Pointe toward the Chaleur Chalets (motel).
You need to take a private road in order to get to the lighthouse at the point. You have to ask permission to the landlord and pay an access fee per vehicule.
|Chalets Chaleur||160, Point Road,
|418 396-5667||lodging & reference point|
|Poste de pompiers||Chandler||418 689-5811||air|
|Le copain plongeur enr.||55, rue Roy,
|418 364-7668||air, dive shop|