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Dive Review of Access Diving/Silva Bay Inn in
Canada/Gabriola Island, British Colum

August, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Kutner, NJ, US (1 report)
Report Number 5687
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
California, NJ, Hawaii, Red Sea, Caribbean Islands, Mexico, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
54   to 56    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dive operator was quite photography friendly. He provided tips about what
to look for and what type of lighting to use. It would of been nice if
there was a fresh water rinse tank on board.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Gabriola Island is a 20 minute ferry ride from Naimo, Vancouver Island.
Stayed at Silva Bay Inn. Very nice motel type rooms. We took the largest,
which is like a small apartment. It had 2 bedrooms, fireplace, and a full
kitchen. The Inn is kept very nice and has a view of the bay and marina.
There is a small but reasonably stocked grocery store down the hill. Very
nice and laid back island. Not many choices for restaurants but recently
opened Woodfire Pizza/Pasta served great food and was surprisingly upscale.
The island has beautiful parks with tidal pools and easy access shoreline
for swimming. Fabulous Island for hiking. Dove with Access Diving, the only
dive operator on the island. Access diving is run by Wylie Qua who is
originally from Toronto. Very interesting and lively instructor who runs a
solid operation. He rents full gear including wetsuits. I brought my dry
suit for the trip. No nitrox, but at the depths we dove, air was just fine.
Saw a number of wolf eels, ling cod, and octopus. Recommend this as a 3-5
day side trip if you are traveling to Vancouver Island.  
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