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Dive Review of Hideway Browning Pass in
Canada/Port Hardy, Vancouver Island

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Pat Cisar, Alberta, Canada
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 5221
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Roatan, Turks and Caicos, Cocos Island, Mexico, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
41   to 43    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own profile.
John's suggestions as to how to dive the site are based on years of
experience and should be followed.  IF he warns of a current do not get
caught in it as it will take you a long way!  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
There was a dunk tank on shore for the cameras and thee is enough space to
work on your stuff.  It is isolated and anything you may need like more
batteries need to be brought along.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
Our dive equipment were placed in a skiff that was towed behind the boat. 
A sealable rubbermaid container would be preferable to a dive bag.  Bring
your own towels and be aware this is very rustic.  Bring all your
entertainment and Alcohol and snacks. The drive to Port Hardy is long and
then there is a 90 plus minute boat ride so bring everthing you need plus
spares. The sleeping arrangement are often in a dormitory.  The weather
when we were there was very windy and rainy.  It is not always like this
but you need to be prepared.  Some people did complain on not enough food
though I always had enough.  The above water is tolerable, but the diving
made up for it.
The water was clear and the currents were huge.  John's knowledge of the
area and currents was amazing.  The diving was unescorted and intense.  It
is not for the novice and I would strongly recommend a drysuit.  Browning
Wall, Seven Tree Island, Rock of Life, The Themis are all great dives and
must be seen to be believed.
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