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Dive Review of Abyssal Diving in
Canada/Cambell River, BC

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Susan Simpson, wa, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4131
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Bonaire, Caymans, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Puget Sound, Canada, North
Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
 
Seas
currents  
Water Temp
46   to 46    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
This is a great location for photography as the water was so clear and the
life so diverse. Dive skiff had overhead net hammocks for small gear that
we also used for Cameras.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
The good is the diving. Because of the strong currents there is abundant
life here. The operator (Earl) was very good at judging the currents, so
that we could dive with a minimum of effort. Good thing too since it was
hard to find a bare rock anywhere to hang on to, everything was covered.
There are soft corals, nudibranchs, anemones, Puget Sound king crab, ling
cod, various sculpins, all the usual characters. Except here they are in
unusual quantities. In one crevice for example we found 5 Puget Sound king
crabs, the biggest almost a foot across. The lodging was comfortable with a
huge TV and a cozy wood stove. There is a hot tub that feels really good
after a hard day of diving. The lodgings are in the lower floor of the
operators home. You actually eat in their dining room. This was a little
weird at first but they are so gracious that you soon become comfortable
with it and it feels more like you are staying with friends instead of
intruding in a strangers home. There are two private rooms for couples and
two barracks style rooms. One of the barracks style rooms has a double bed,
so it could also be used for a third couple.They have a great drying room.
The bad? Even though we left our gear secured on the boat between dives the
walk up the hill to the lodge was kind of a drag. We used our cars to take
the gear down there and pick it back up at the end of the trip.
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