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Dive Review of Rendezvous Diving/Renezvous Lodge in
Canada/Vancouver Island, BC

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Jill Rain, WA, USA
Report Number 55
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Baja, Australia, PacNW
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
48   to 50    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 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):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Rendezvous Lodge, in Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island,
is remote - they book groups of 10 for minimum 3-day 8-dive stays. 
Assemble your own group or sign up for the package with a Northwest dive
shop (Anacortes Diving and Supply goes there thrice yearly). Bring all your
own gear including spares (I had to borrow when one of my gloves was taken
by an octpus - really). RL accessible only by boat 2 hrs from Pt. Alberni,
nearest town. Tall A-frame "vertical lodge" tucked into rocky
wilderness cliffside. 5 double-occupancy rooms, powered by
generator/battery, hot water, 2 bathrooms (one with shower), drying room.
Dramatic setting and views but also homey, comfortable atmosphere (couches,
books, dogs). Run by the gracious, friendly and very competent Christies:
Renate (who among other things, such as beating off bears) does the cooking
(old-fashioned, delicious in every way, plentiful, eaten at a big table
family-style) and Dave (who also among other things such as collecting
mussels for red-tide testing) drives the boat, chooses dive sites and gives
briefings - he has dived every wall and pinnacle in B. Sound from 30 years
experience.  Leisurely 2-tank day trip includes hot homemade soup for lunch
with long surface interval at quiet bay, beach or hamlet of Bamfield. 
Switch your own tanks on board for second dive - morning and night-3rd dive
tanks filled with compressor at RL dock.  Boat anchors, buddy teams
(required - if you don't come with one, you will be assigned) descend
anchor line, dive own profile and come back up.  Poor navigators may have
to do green-water ascent - try to avoid this! Currents can be strong in top
20', generally minimal to moderate at depth.  Bob and Kelley (owners +
instructors of Anacortes D & S) monitor and rearrange teams for best
experience and safety, stepping in to buddy a less-experienced diver, and
provide help generally (including optional argon pony bottle and fills if
previously arranged) - plus a lot of enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of
the ecosystem.  No nitrox at present.  No film processing, however it
seemed at least half the photographers were digital.  Camera rinse tank
provided on board. Octopus and wolf-eels on most dives, often out in the
open - these guys were BIG! but receptive to respectful fondling. Abundant
nudibranchs, anemones, seastars, abs, sponges, brittle stars, giant rock
scallops, rockfish, greenling, huge lincod, ratfish, baitballs. Saw a
humpback whale, seals, sea lions from the boat + lots of eagles. The viz,
diversity, abundance and size of marine life is superior to Puget Sound
diving and the ambience of Rendezvous Lodge makes this a memorable
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