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Dive Review of DynaMike Dive Charters in
Canada/Campbell River -North Pacific

DynaMike Dive Charters, Oct, 2008,

by Ken Robertson, AB, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 4494.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments DynaMike Dive Charters, Quadra Island, BC
I’ve actually been out with DynaMike on two occasions this year, April and more recently on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Once again very successful trips. The sea life just seems to get better every time I come to Quadra Island/Campbell River. Mike Richmond knows the area so well that he can almost draw you a map to increase your chances of finding an octopus or a wolf eel – which are always a favourite. His knowledge of the tides and currents makes for informative briefings and safer diving.
While Mike has closed the dive lodge on Quadra Island and moved his residence to Campbell River– he is still running the dive operation from the Quadra Island side and docks his boat at the Quathiaski Cove harbour. He has arranged a “friends and neighbours” discount at the Whiskey Point Resort which is a short 5 - 10 minute walk from the dock , even in a dry suit. The Whiskey Point folks have put in a drying room for the divers, the comfortable rooms have kitchenettes, communal grills for outdoor cooking, a hot tub and outdoor pool. There are other places to stay nearby, but require a vehicle to get the divers to and from the harbour. The main drawback to the closure of the dive lodge is that divers no longer get to have Darlene’s outstanding meals. Rarely would a diver go home without having put on a pound or two.
Mike's boat comfortably handles eight divers – but ten can be squeezed in. Mike prefers to keep it at eight though. Gear is locked in overnight on the boat – so divers don’t have to carry it back to the room if they do not wish to.
Past divers will be sad to hear that the “PADI Wagon” is on its last legs and this signature logging crew transport vehicle will be off to “truck heaven” at the end of the 2008 dive season.
Mike Richmond was telling me they will be changing web providers and that the best way to contact him is at His season usually runs from mid-April to mid-October. Please note: this is dry suit country.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, South Pacific, Galapagos, Greece
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 47-48°F / 8-9°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20-25 Ft/ 6-8 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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