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Dive Review of Hornby Island Diving in
Canada/British Columbia

Hornby Island Diving, Sep, 2013,

by Larry A. Malato, WA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 7335.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Hornby Island is a beautiful location. Isolated, quiet,and somewhat rustic. This is the North West. The food was well prepared, fresh, tasty and plentiful. The boat is beautifully designed and robustly constructed for diving. The diving was good, but not excellent. Could have just been the time of year but we saw no GPO, only one Wolf Eel, and not a lot of other fish. We did encounter beautiful Sea Lions. We did a couple of deep dramatic technical walls that filled the bill nicely for technical diving. Bring your own mix. No helium is available. Nitrox of any % is available. I do believe there are much more shallow dives available but we were dove a mixture of deeps and moderates depths. The Captain/owner is very knowledgeable regarding his boat and currents and is on the money with the pick ups. Currents can be strong. We dove two dives a day. The negative was that the boat is located some distance from the lodge and tanks needed to be wheeled up to the lodge for fills after each dive. Rinse facilities were limited. There was no crew to help with heavy technical gear and even after offering to pay extra for help moving doubles the owners missed an opportunity to make us happy in this respect. Be prepared to carry your gear four times a day. This gets old after a couple of days of deep diving. The sleeping arrangements are dormatory-like with small rooms. Two bathrooms for up to 26 people. We were lucky that we had only four. The owners/family chose to join us in the dining room for each meal. They are very nice folks but we would have preferred less owner participation at meal times. The owners have been responsive to our feedback and may have improved services since we were there in September. A good place to get away from it all and dive or enjoy being very-very cozy with a larger group of good friends.
Websites Hornby Island Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Roatan, St. Croix, Grand Cayman, Great Lakes, Maui, Roatan, Texas Gulf, Cosumel, Puget Sound, Naniamo, San Juan Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 52-56°F / 11-13°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We were a small group of divers with two differnt levels of goals. Two of us dove technical profiles and two dove recreational depths without restrictions. [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Since we were a small group there was adequate table space in the lodge for cameras and equipment. Bath tub for camera rinse. A large group may be a little crowded.
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