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

Abyssal Diving, Apr, 2008,

by Susan Simpson, wa, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4131.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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