They are currently running weekly dive charters to Race Rocks - complete the form below for more info or to book a dive trip.
Remember the area is subject to high winds and strong currents so only dive with a reputable dive operator and ensure you are properly trained and certified for such dives.
Where is Race Rocks Dive Site?
Race Rocks is one of the favorite Victoria dive locations and is considered by some to be one of the best cold water dive sites in the world.
Located near the landmark Race Rocks black and white lighthouse station, this dive site is at the southern tip of Vancouver Island (about 17 km southwest of Victoria) where the nutrient rich waters of the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca meet, creating fantastic dive opportunities.
There can be strong tides and currents to deal with so to dive Race Rocks you should book an organized dive boat trip with a local Victoria dive charter operator.
Custom dive charters to Race Rocks can be arranged through Pacific Pinnacle Dive Charters for groups of up to 7 divers. Maybe you can even visit the wreck of the Barnard Castle, a casualty of the treachorous conditions at Race Rocks.
You can check out this You Tube "Dive Race Rocks" video we came across too:
And one local diver has installed an underwater webcamera at Race Rocks which you can view during daytime hours. In addition to seeing the usual marine life, you can see and hear the playful sealions during the fall to spring months.
The camera is at a depth of around 45 feet (if you dive from a boat) from the jetty and approx 70 feet away from the jetty's end. Click for the streaming video (with audio) for the Race Rocks underwater video camera.
What You Might See At Race Rocks
Some divers claim the protected waters around Race Rocks contain the most marine life they have ever seen in one location.
Located amongst the giant kelp forests, you can expect to see loads of seals and sea lions, basket stars, abalones, giant red urchins, anemones, Puget Sound king crab, rockfish, giant ling cod, sponges, anemones, hydroids and soft corals, large clusters of barnacles, tunicates, urchins and loads of sea stars.
If you haven't seen enough pictures yet, click to this viewer's Race Rocks dive review page - beautiful pictures!
Several types of whales also cruise the area, and whale watching is another popular activity.
Recently, I spotted a family of Orcas swimming past - thankfully I wasn't in the water!
Dive Race Rocks, and in addition to the incredibly rich marine life, you can search for the remains of over 100 ships that have been wrecked around the islets.
If you can, consider a two night Stay, Play and Dive package at the beautiful, luxurious Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa, followed by a Saturday dive to Race Rocks and a Sunday dive to some of the other local Victoria area wrecks and dive sites.
If you want to dive Race Rocks during the week, let us know and we can probably arrange a Race Rocks dive charter for your group.
Our waters are beautiful but can be more challenging than you are used to - and the tides can be strong.