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

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Paul E Vitkus, NV, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 6769
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Hawaii, British Columbia, Florida, Roatan, Galapagos,
Phillipines, Indonesia, Chuuk, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
46   to 49    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Suggested bottom time was 60 minutes or less - not usually a problem, since
by the end of an hour in cold water, you are ready to surface anyway.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Crew was accomodating about handling cameras on the boat and passing them
to divers in water.  No dedicated camera area on boat, but boat was roomy
enough, so that was not a problem.  No dedicated shore facilities for
cameras, but my group was content with caring for their camera gear within
their own cabins.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Cold water scuba diving is not for everyone...requires extra effort, dry
suits and skill to enjoy. These cold waters off the northern end of
Vancouver Island are worth the experience...abundant big life and little
critters as well. I have been diving these waters anually for 24 years with
another operator (but no more!). Nudibranch nirvana for macro photographers
along with many other little critters, including sculpins, shrimps, crabs,
anemones, etc.  Plenty of macro subject matter! Also larger fish including
kelp greenlings, ling cod, wolf eels, red irish lords, cabezon, octopus and
a variety of rockfish. Some great dive sites that require extra efort to
get to...including Berry Island, Nakwakto, Dillon Rock, Hunt Rock and of
course Browning Wall. Not all dive operators are willing to go the extra
distance to these sites except Browning Wall which my group in previous
years dove repetitively the last several years with another dive operator,
nor provide the after-dive warm comfort and friendliness that owners, Bill
and Anne did provde to my dive group this past week October 5-12, 2012.
This was our group's first trip to God's Pocket and we were most impressed!
Rustic, remote but comfprtable and well was served family style
and very tasty and abundant! Always had coffee and hot chocolate available.
Kitchen and dining area was kept spotlessly clean! Dive boat had on board
compressors (and Nitrox) and was spacious. Better yet was the the hydraulic
lift to take happy but tired divers directly out of the water to the dive
deck without having to climb a ladder out of the water. For us
50-somethings it was a sweet way to end the dive. After getting out of the
water a small dry towel was provided along with a hot beverage and snacks.
This is a very well run operation with friendly owners and crew. It takes
some effort to get to God's Pocket, but well worth it.  We will be back!!!
Bottom line....thumbs up from our entire group!!!! 
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