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Dive Review of DynaMike Dive Charters in
Canada/Campbell River -North Pacific

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Robertson, AB, Canada
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 4494
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, South Pacific, Galapagos, Greece
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
47   to 48    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 25    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
DynaMike Dive Charters, Quadra Island, BC
I’ve actually been out with DynaMike on two occasions this year, April and
more recently on the Canadian Thanksgiving  weekend.  Once again very
successful trips.  The sea life just seems to get better every time I come
to Quadra Island/Campbell River.  Mike Richmond knows the area so well that
he can almost draw you a map to increase your chances of finding an octopus
or a wolf eel – which are always a favourite.   His knowledge of the tides
and currents makes for informative briefings and safer diving.  
While Mike has closed the dive lodge on Quadra Island and moved his
residence to Campbell River– he is still running the dive operation from
the Quadra Island side and docks his boat at the Quathiaski Cove harbour. 
He has arranged a “friends and neighbours” discount at the Whiskey Point
Resort which is a short  5 - 10 minute walk  from the dock , even in a dry
suit.  The Whiskey Point folks have put in a drying room for the divers,
the comfortable rooms have kitchenettes, communal grills for outdoor
cooking,  a hot tub and outdoor pool.    There are other places to stay
nearby, but require a vehicle to get the divers to and from the harbour.   
The main drawback to the closure of the dive lodge is that divers no longer
get to have Darlene’s outstanding meals.   Rarely would a diver go home
without having put on a pound or two.  
Mike's boat comfortably handles eight divers – but ten can be squeezed in. 
Mike prefers to keep it at eight though.  Gear is locked in overnight on
the boat – so divers don’t have to carry it back to the room if they do not
wish to.
Past divers will be sad to hear that the “PADI Wagon” is on its last legs
and this signature logging crew transport vehicle will be off to “truck
heaven” at the end of the 2008 dive season.
Mike Richmond was telling me they will be changing web providers and that
the best way to contact him is at mike_dar@telus.net.  His season usually
runs from mid-April to mid-October. Please note: this is dry suit country.
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