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Dive Review of God's Pocket Resort in
Canada/Northern Vancouver Island

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Sandra Cohen, wa, USA
Report Number 1978
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Red Sea, Great Barrier Reef, Belize, BVI,
Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca (State of Washington)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
48   to 50    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Must show C card to dive.  Required a minimum PSI when back on boat.  That
PSI depended on whether using steel or aluminum tanks. (Your choice.) Good
fills all the time.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Every year we dive for 5 days in September with a group of about a dozen
friends at God's Pocket.  Owners Bill and Annie have made this THE best
place for diving in the Pacific Northwest.  

The very comfortable land-based motel-style accommodations (every
convenience you could possibly need, but nothing over-the-top luxurious)
are just a few minutes from the fabulous sites in Browning Pass.  There is
a large sundeck on pilings (complete with campfire pit) so you can enjoy
lounging there between dives if you are lucky (as we were this year) to
have calm sunny days. Food is always plentiful and delicious, and
conversation around the table is lively.  

The boat is very comfortable for about 12 divers, and you can go into the
boat's cabin "wet."  Bill will take you on 2 or 3 boat dives
daily, depending on what you prefer; he tries very hard to accommodate the
group's preferences as to dive sites.  Night dives are available off the
dock or from the boat, too.  Most dives are at or on both sides of slack,
but no one should be here who can't manage some current.  (There are some
dives suitable for relative beginners, but to fully experience the area you
should be very comfortable in a dry suit and in current.)

This year we saw numerous humpbacked whales (never while we were
underwater, however!), sea lions, and Pacific white-sided dolphins.  Also
wolf eels and octopus in large numbers, and many kinds and numbers of
rockfish and greenling.  The search for nudibranchs is always rewarding.

Electric power is on 24 hours a day, from batteries charged by a wind
turbine and a very quiet unobtrusive generator that only runs a few hours a
day.  Kayaks are available to borrow, free. 

The two best things about God's Pocket are the brilliant, colorful diving
(amazing red soft corals, bright sponges and anemones, nudibranchs, wolf
eels, octopus, schools of fishes) AND the warmth and friendliness of Bill,
Annie, and their hardworking staff.  They love what they do in this remote
part of the continent, and their love of the place and its critters is

Suggestions:  The nearest dive shop and town are an hour's boat ride away
in Port Hardy ($200 for a water taxi), so be self-contained as to
repair/replacement parts.  Bring a drysuit (unless you are internally steam
heated), bring all the batteries you will need, bring your own wine and
beer and pop if you will want any.  Weight belts are provided, as are steel
and aluminum tanks.  Nitrox and argon are available for extra charge.  All
bedding, towels, etc. are provided.  It can rain a lot on the coast, so
rubber boots are handy any time of year.
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