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

Hideway Browning Pass, Oct, 2009,

by Pat Cisar, Alberta, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5221.

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

Weather windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 41 to 43 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish N/A
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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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