I took out my canoe (end of September, 2005) to try and dive Christmas Point, but there wasn't anywhere decent to beach it so I came here instead. This is the real Christmas Point on the chart. The Christmas Point dive site is actually a few hundred meters North of here. There is a large red and white checkered marker on the shore and power lines cross the inlet overhead (by the way, this place has nothing to do with the famous "Beneath the Powerlines" dive site over on the mainland). With the little electric outboard, it was a short 15-minute trip to this site where I beached the canoe on a dry ledge at high tide right beneath the marker. Underwater, there was a small shallow area (10 feet deep) near shore. Visibility was around 30 feet and it was your typical Saanich Inlet shallows, with seastars, lettuce kelp, schools of perch, blackeye gobies, shrimp and lots of red jellyfish. The bottom went deeper pretty quick and became a mostly sheer wall with the usual deep cracks, small overhangs, little ledges, etc. The current here was pretty strange. This is the only place in Saanich Inlet where I've ever had to pull myself along the rocks to save my breath. I held on to a rock and watched the swarms of big jellyfish fly by. Even the swimming anemones seemed to be barely hanging on with their tentacles flapping in the current. Compared to real current dives this wasn't that bad (I could swim against it when I tried), but it was unexpected. The wall ended in a ledge 140 feet deep (again, high tide). There were lots of tiger rockfish and large quillback and copper rockfish around the boulders, but I didn't hang around too long because of the depth and the current. After the ledge the cliff fell away again to over 350 feet according to the chart, but I didn't follow it down (I forgot my submarine). I had drifted along for quite a distance and the visibility past the shallows was pretty good (50-60 feet), but I still didn't see any sponges. At 100 feet, there were clusters of lampshells on the wall and groups of little white anemones that you usually see singly in the shallows most places in the Inlet. Another tiger rockfish hid in a deep crevice in the wall. A sandy ledge had a few tube-dwelling anemones and a giant nudibranch. -All typical Saanich Inlet stuff. This whole section of Finlayson Arm is basically one big, near-bottomless wall. One of these days I'll finally find the endless garden of cloud sponges I seem to be looking for ( there have to be more besides Christmas Point and Senanus Island), but at least today the visibility was good, the Inlet was sunny and calm and nothing leaked (except for the canoe, a bit).