PJ’s Island and Subsea Retreat

PJ’s Island and Subsea Retreat is a dedicated Scuba Dive Centre.

Our personalized training approach accelerates the process of making you a competent diver in a way that is comfortable and enjoyable for you. Meeting your personal objectives is the goal of PJ’s Island and Subsea Retreat Dive Leader, Jack Madro. Whether your goal is to dive shallow reefs or deep water wrecks, we can help you get started on a lifetime of exciting adventure.

35 Years of Scuba Experience

About Us

PJ’s Island and Subsea Retreat has trained 9000+ divers over the past 35 years and in that time, we have an unparalleled record of excellence in teaching scuba diving.

Sub Sea Experience owner and Instructor Certifier Jack Madro is an SSI Platinum Pro-rated Instructor. Jack introduced the weekend Scuba Immersion Program in Edmonton over 30 years ago.

Some of our divers have gone on to prestigious positions as dive medical experts, leaders in marine conservation, resort owners/operators and dive leaders world-wide.

While you’re in Victoria…

Top Sights

Take a Gulf Islands boat tour

Visit the famous Butchart Gardens

Enjoy High Tea at the Fairmont Empress

Stroll through historic Chinatown

Discover the Royal BC Museum

Take a double-decker bus tour

Explore enchanting Beacon Hill Park

Go for a walk down Fisherman's Wharf

Plan Your Perfect Trip With Us

PJ’s offers scuba excursions that go from an afternoon all the way to week-long tours of diving locations around Vancouver Island and the Pacific Northwest. Our dive leader, Jack Madro, has over 45 years of diving and instructing experience.

Stay with us, too! We are Airbnb Superhosts. We have two sets of accomodations available for short or long stays.

Discover Scuba & Snorkeling

  • Sneaky Seal Snorkel Swims
  • Jack’s Snorkel Sling Shot / Rip Tide Rider
  • Discover Snorkeling
  • Custom charters for groups of 2+
  • We also offer Wildlife Boat Tours (including a Gulf Island boat tour experience)

Stay In North Saanich - Minutes From The Sea

Get comfortable in our beautiful Pan Abode cedar log house with a fire place, three dining areas (2 inside and deck), and non-exclusive use of our heated pool and gardens.

Learn to Scuba Dive

  • Scuba Skills Update
  • Become a Certified Diver
  • International Scuba Diver
  • Emerald Sea Dive Charter
  • Emerald Sea Sight-Seeing Charter

What Our Clients Say

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Jack’s place is full of opportunity. Learn to spend time in the water scuba diving or snorkeling. Then head out for some fine food and sight seeing. Take a day to relax at the pool. Head out for some crab or prawn catching then enjoy the catch of the day in their lovely home. We are a family of 5, our children are 18, 21 and 23 years old and we all had a fantastic time.

– Pete, July 2019

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Jack is amazing. He ensures you are very knowledgeable which in turn ensures your safety. He is attentive yet chill so you can enjoy the experience. He taught my mom and my dad and then myself as well as my daughter when she was 12. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!

– Christine, September 2017

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Staying at Jack and Pamela’s place was such a highlight for our two families and kids. We spent our days enjoying lawn games on the huge property, picking fresh blackberries and lounging poolside. Everything was kept very clean with everything we needed. The heated pool was amazing… We spent many hours in it. Overall we loved it and are excited to go back.

– Ryan, August 2019

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Great property with good hosts. The diving was incredible!

– Laurie, July 2019

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Jack is a really great host – whether you are in for fun in the pool, like to cook a cozy dinner in the excellently equipped family kitchen or whether you convince Jack to take you for a whale safari or wreck dive – he spends his day with making you feel at home. Thx Jack, we will be back…

– Tom, July 2017

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Amazing place and hospitality! We had a great week lounging by the pool and bbqing. No detail was missed by our gracious hosts. Would highly recommend!

– Zane, August 2018

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Jack and Pam are wonderful, thoughtful and informative. The home is beautifully kept, fantastic linens. The property itself a little piece of heaven, so relaxing, surrounded by gorgeous old growth forest. If you want some reprieve from the hectic city or are visiting Canada, this place is ideal. Thank you Jack and Pam for everything 🙂

– Shim, August 2017

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By far the most amazing Airbnb place I have booked! It is so beautiful, well designed, and very clean! Jack and Pam are wonderful hosts, even when we missed our ferry and check-in time, they were able to accommodate us! We were sad that we didn’t have enough time to enjoy all the services Jack offers, but we will definitely be coming back to take the scuba diving and snorkelling classes!

– Larett, August 2018

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Great place to stay, relax, and have lots of fun. Amazing pool and back yard to enjoy great summer weather. Jack was a great host who was around all weekend if we had questions about the place but kept his distance and did not interrupt our stay. Highly recommend for a great vacation spot in Victoria.

– Scott, June 2018