For a dive site, Row and Be Damned is pretty much one the coolest name ever. Before I came to British Columbia, I have already decided to put this diving site on my priority list. Apparently, it is highly regarded as a favorite dive spot by many for its scenic marine life and its aptness for drift diving. Several articles have also branded it as one of the best diving spots in British Columbia.
Leveling off at 50 feet, I have seen what the talk is all about. The undersea terrain is adorned with clumps of yellow sponge, a variety of scallops, and colonies of hydroids. It is also where the Island’s signature species can be found– the actinia fragacea or the strawberry anemone.
Amidst the riot of colors in the abundant marine plants of Row and Be Damned, I can hardly see some mammals and species on its crannies and nooks. While there are various marine creatures in its waters, the stunning underwater adornments just distract you from seeing them. Based on all my exploration, this diving spot is probably the reef with the most colorful marine habitat in British Columbia.
Apart from the underwater embellishments, a lively community of wolf eels, octopus, Red Irish Lord sculpins, king crabs, tiger rockfish, lingcod, and other sorts of fishes are present on its waters. The marine life on Row and Be Damned is so copious that most of my time in diving were spent on underwater photography. My encounters with the exotic marine creatures surely provide me an opportunity to have a perfect backdrop for breathtaking images.
Diving on the waters of Row and Be Damned is only possible through a live boat. Perhaps the reason behind its name is because it requires one to row a boat to get there. Definitely, you’ll be damned if you don’t witness its beauty.