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Dive Review of Rendevous in
Canada/Barkley Sound,Vancouver Island

Rendevous, Sep, 2009,

by Pat Cisar, Alberta, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5220.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Roatan, Belize, Mexico, Cocos Island, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 48 to 51 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were reported to Peter so as long as you were within safe limits you dove your own dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales > 2
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [Bring a macro lens and strobe. The water has particulate matter so a strobe helps. Peter has a workshop where you can work on your pictures. Batteries can be recharged ashore.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments While you can dive with a 7-9 mil it is much better to use a drysuit. Food is plentiful but is home style not resort-style. Cathy tries to accommodate your food preference if you let her know. Bring your own Meals.
The dive boat has a new engine and is now a single prop. She is faster and more fuel efficient.
The first two days there was a red tide so the dives were dark, though it cleared up later. There usually is 20 foot layer of plankton in the fall but this year it was darker. A light is worthwhile.
Because of the nature of the Sound entry and exit is reasonable though on some dives a current can complicate the dives. Mostly you are diving an anchor line to a pinnacle.
Excellent value.
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