Details for Shearwater Resort and Marina

Shearwater Resort and Marina

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Average rating 3.5 stars from 13 reviews

Address PO Box 68
Denny Island, BC V0T 1B0

Phone250-957-2666 / 250-957-2304 (fuel dock)

After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 60
Transient dockage: 50
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: No restrictions.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $1.50 per foot May 1 - September 30.
$0.75 per foot - October 1 - April 31.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Also 15 amp.

Pricing info: $5.25 for 15 amp.
$11.20 for 30 amp.
$21.00 for 50 amp.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Potable water is available on the docks and all lower properties. Water from an artesian well with only minimal treatment.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: AvGas and Jet fuel also available, plus lubricants.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Price includes taxes.


Yes - Propane sales are available from the hardware store.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Must be kept on a leash. Please clean up after your pet.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Water taxi to Bella Bella.

Pump out


Yes - Cube ice only (2010), shaved ice is planned for the future.


Yes - Recycling available as well.






Yes - Drop off laundry service is available for a fee beginning in 2014.




Yes - There is a pretty decent chandlery behind the grocery story.


Yes - Fisherman's Bar and Grill onsite.


Yes - Fisherman's Bar and Grill onsite.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Hotel onsite.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Full service boat yard.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - 70 tonTravel lift, plus boat trailers for smaller craft.

Storage facilities

Yes - Winter storage is available with or without power. Limited undercover.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Sold in the hardware store.

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - WiFi is included in the moorage cost. Telus signal is good here - phones and aircard work fine. Rogers also works with their new EXT coverage plan.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Water taxi to/from Bella Bella. Commercial daily flight service from/to Vancouver, BC in Bella Bella. Chartered flight seats available to/from Vancouver to their airstrip. 3000' paved airstrip located at Shearwater for private aircraft.

Other services


Fishing, Eco-Tours, diving, native history, WWII history of Shearwater, whales, eagles, locals, etc.

Reviews for Shearwater Resort and Marina
Very complete marina for such a remote location, 2016-08-27
Captain: , Kirkland, WA (4478)

2016 This marina keeps getting better each year. This is still a destination stop when northbound and southbound.

2015 A very welcome marina on the north BC coast and inside passage that offers a very full array of services for boaters. We have stopped here on two trips to and from SE Alaska. Between the Resort store and the grocery store at neighboring Bella Bella, you can find almost anything you might need. The Resort has a small marine supply store, marine repair and haul-out. Showers and laundromat serve the Resort and general public. The Resort is the hub of activity in the area and there is always something happening, even early in the season. It's a great place for guests to fly in/out to join/leave a cruising group.
Free limited internet is available as well as fee based higher bandwidth internet.
Watertaxi docks at the south side of the dock making the north side a bit less rolly.

July 2015 anchored out on our return southbound as the dock was full. Took the dinghy in for an excellent dinner at the Grill Restaurant.

An Oasis in the Wilderness, 2016-06-12
Captain: , Everett, Washington (824)

Stopped here in mid-June going northbound as a weather system was about to blow through. Ample space on the dock. Paid $1.50 foot plus $10 for power (30 and 50 amp) Harbormaster very helpful providing extension cords to get to the power box. Potable water on the dock. Small grocery store was adequate. Restaurant had great seafood and pizza! Wi-Fi was problematic. Used the Wi-Fi at the ice cream/expresso shop & their password changes daily. Pay a coffee and use a better connection.

dusty heli-port, 2014-06-02
Captain: , Vancouver (30)

We did not tie up at the marina because we already warned that the marina is very rolly. We anchored just off-shore, and we were glad that we did. Two folks let us know that it is very noisy because of the helicopters that roll in and out and the dust that they create. The marina does have a store, laundromat and showers, etc. and we were glad, but expect to pay a lot. The biggest disruption were the helicopters. We can't understand why they fly out next to the fuel tanks and so close to the marina.

Warm and friendly, 2014-05-23
Captain: , Cruising (3259)

The Wharfinger was extremely helpful and friendly, and made us feel welcome here. Unfortunately we arrived on a holiday so we can't comment on the stores since things are closed, but it's a good spot to stop and we'll definitely return when we're in the area. The dock can be a bit rolly if people aren't considerate coming in.
We enjoyed the restaurant - the food and the service were very good. The menu is large and varied, and everything is very clean and nice. It's obvious that the owner continues to make improvements on the whole property.

Plenty of Services, 2014-05-16
Captain: , Austin (450)

The dock is a little exposed and rolly. There is a lot of traffic that contributes to the situation. Internet access is being changed so that you don't have to purchase it through the store. This year's rates include internet in your moorage fee. The wharfinger was very helpful and knowledgable. We used the seabus service to Bella Bella, and were glad that we did vs trying to bring our boat into Bella Bella - was no room with the small docks and many fishing boats.

Expensive, but solid docks and good store, 2014-01-06
Captain: , Algonac, MI (1659)

Water is better in Bella-Bella, but this place has better docks. Internet is slow and expensive. Showers are available at the laundromat for a fee. For reasons that I can't explain, it seems that the First Nations (Indian) people live in Bella Bella and the white people inhabit Shearwater. Both have brand new fueling facilities. Floating breakwater provides a little protection.

good service, good food etc., 2013-08-26
Captain: , Campbell River (355)

We stayed here 2 nights Northbound and Southbound. The warfinger (Chris) was very helpful. Rate is $1.35/ft. The restaurant was not bad and there is a pub beside it. Groceries not bad and lots of booze. Laundry is handy but only uses old loonies, new ones dont work. Good hardware store with lots of marine supplies right next to the boat yard.
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Any port in a storm, 2013-08-11
Captain: , Yucaipa, CA (146)

While this marina has a lot of services available, none of them are reasonalbly priced. Shore power is provided only along the central dock via big gang boxes Make sure you have several 50" cords so you can reach a box if you want power. Water at the dock is non-potable but the fuel dock does have good water.

The grocey has a smattering of offerings including beer, wine and liquor typical of a small country store. The pub is large and has the standard food offerings but nothing special. Service was so-so.

Some folks rave about the place but I found it just blah.

Shearwater Wharfinger was one of the best we have had this season, 2012-06-20
Captain: , Boise, Idaho (93)

We had a good experience with the Wharfinger (probably not the same person as reported in 2011). The food and service at the Pub was very good but everything else was marginal at best. Paid $10.00 for WiFi access that could not be accessed on the boat and had limited points of reception on land. Had to stand out at the end of the dock to get cell phone coverage - could not find a point that had both WiFi and Cell coverage which made it difficult to work through an issue that required both. There was a large crane on a barge moored outside the marina which was a perfect perch for an eagle that entertained us

Shearwater wharfinger TOTALLY RUDE!, 2011-11-02
Captain: , Seattle (396)

I had called and made reservations via sat phone a couple of days earlier, giving all the usual information such as name, boat length, etc. We arrived on schedule on 8/7/11. About 5 minutes out from the marina, I called on the radio, and the wharfinger tersely replied, "Don't call me until you can see the marina!" I replied that would be in about 3 minutes, but OK... A harbinger of things to come. Made the mistake of filling up with the brown water at the fuel dock, but that was our fault. When ready to dock, I contacted the wharfinger and he proceeded to direct me to a space that looked too small beween two other boats. I decided it wouldn't do while approaching, and veered off. He (wharfinger) called me on the radio and yelled "WHERE are you going?" (no radio protocol used). I replied that I was going somewhere else, as that space was too small, and appeared to be smaller than my boat (43'). He yelled back again on the radio: "I want you HERE!" There were plenty of larger open spots on both sides of the dock at the time. I replied that was not going to happen, and that due to his attitude we would be anchoring. I later asked around and found the owner and complained. He apologized and said he would talk to the guy. I found everyone else at the resort very helpful and courteous, and the facilities great, except for the lack of potable water. BTW, I paced off the spot to which I had been directed, and it was approzimately 37' long.

Great service and a good buzz, 2011-07-25
Captain: , PooleUK (933)

The staff here made the experience what it was (thank you Steve), even arranging a float plane to ferry our guests to Vancouver for us.
We loved the wheelbarrow shopping carts and the bar/restraunt.
Just remember that the water on the slips is not pottable!

the only place to stop on the mid-coast of BC, 2010-10-18
Captain: , Shearwater (45)

Shearwater has been servicing the tourist and commercial boating industries since its birth at the conclusion of WWII, with yearly upgrades this is a growing destination each and every year. a much needed asset on the central coast for those wishing to utilize the area. fuel, food, water, liquor, supplies, repairs, laundry, etc...this place has it all.

Center of the mid-coast universe, 2010-10-12
Captain: , Bellingham, WA (364)

Shearwater is the only full service marina on the central coast: parts, supplies, mechanical services, haulout, plus basic services that includes fuel, store, restaurant, pub, liquor store, laundramat, hotel, guides services and a good dock. Local ferry and avaition services; water taxi to Bella Bella for connection to Port Hardy and Prince Rupert.

The location is central to great regional cruising, so you will meet cruising buddies, old and new. Big boats get the outside dock, which is subject to wind, weather and limited electricity & water. Other spaces are better protected, with good access to E&W. Can get crowded in high season; call for reservations. Aesthetics of the marina are the only downside.

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