This place always looked interesting to me on a marine chart. It's down the coast a bit from the ferry terminal on North Pender Island. I decided to have a look on July 20, 2007. Thieves Bay is a private marina that's part of the once-controversial Magic Lake development. This is one of those subdivisions with a "theme". This one is nautical, or specifically, piratical. The roads are named "Galleon", "Privateer's", "Spyglass", etc. The strange thing is that most of the roads are named "Schooner Way". I thought that this was just a lack of creativity or a cost-saving measure on the part of the developers, but I soon realised that the reason was more sinister. It seems that this is one of the ways that the secretive resident's association tries to keep out outsiders. I actually saw in my rearview mirror a few of the locals dressed in pirate costumes scurry furtively out of the bushes after I had passed and replace one of the "Schooner Way" road sign with the proper-named one. Finding my way around here was getting to be pretty horrific. I concluded that the map of the area was actually a kind of "treasure map" and that, to get where you wanted to go, you had to look for hidden messages and keep your eyes open for clues. What should have been a 10-minute drive from the ferry terminal, had stretched to an hour. I was running low on gas and could sense greedy eyes watching me from the forest. I was getting desperate and decided to go with the theme, ignore the road signs and navigate by compass. Soon I was zeroing in on my prize and I could see the locals by the side of the road gasping in horror and waving their cutlasses. I arrived at the marina and drove down a lane to a breakwater at the entrance. You can't park here (It's only for members to launch their boats), but I dropped off my gear and drove back to a small park (Thieves Bay Park), where non-initiates are allowed to park. There's a sign here reading "Whale-watching parking". The breakwater is supposed to be a prime spot for watching orcas. After parking, I walked back to the breakwater (about 1/4 kilometer), put on my stuff and climbed down a short boulder slope to the water. The marine chart seems to show a steep drop down to well over 100 feet. There was actually a steep slope down to around 20 feet and then there was a more gentle slope of sand with huge boulders piled around. I followed it down to around 90 feet, but the rocks seemed to end at around 80 feet and then there was just sand. I'm sure there were more rocky areas deeper down or off to the side, but I didn't want to drain my air too quickly so I went back up to above 60 feet, were there seemed to be the most life. Visibility was around 20-30 feet. The rocks were conglomerate (like cement with pebbles in it). In the sandy areas there were lots of sea pens. The sand was easily stirred-up which made my usual self-portraits a bit frustrating. Many of the rocks were covered with piles of cemented tube worm "reefs". There were a few small tunicate colonies, purple urchins and occasional plumose anemones, but not piles of colour or anything. There weren't piles of fish either, just the usual smaller copper and quillback rockfish. There was a wall about 10 feet high that ran for quite a way around 20 feet deep. There were clusters of transparent tunicates and a couple of painted greenlings here. I didn't feel much current. I timed the dive using the current atlas for lack of a better reference. There can be a few knots of current here. When I returned to shore, a marina official with a pair of big gem-encrusted pistols in his sash came over to chat. He seemed a bit put out that I was diving by myself, but he didn't make me walk the plank or anything. I said "yar!" a lot which seemed to satisfy him. I think that this would be a popular dive if it was near an urban area, but I don't think it's worth a ferry ride just to dive here.