Dive Race Rocks - Near Victoria, British Columbia

Dive Race Rocks near Victoria on Vancouver IslandDive Race Rocks on Southern Vancouver Island near Victoria, British Columbia, and see why so many divers from around the world make it a point to dive Race Rocks.

British Columbia is one of the world’s best diving destinations with some of the best marine life and cold water diving in the world.

Our capital city, Victoria, is a fantastic little place to visit and scuba dive.

There are many great dive sites, shops, hotels, restaurants, and lots of gardens and attractions all located very close together.

Sealions near Race Rocks Diving Site - photos by Scott StevensonEven without taking scuba diving into account, Vancouver Island was recently named North America’s Best Island for the sixth consecutive year in a Condé Nast Traveler reader’s choice survey.

And one of Victoria's most popular and requested dive sites is Race Rocks, which has made our list as one of Vancouver Island's Best dive sites.

Click to see my November 2010 Race Rocks dive review where I dove with dozens of Sea Lions...it was awesome!

I went with Pinnacle Dive Charters and we dove Swordfish Island first and then had a great dive at Race Rocks.

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.

Sea Lions near Race Rocks in British Columbia - photo by Scott StevensonLocated 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.

Before diving anywhere, I suggest you talk with an experienced local Victoria dive Race Rocks scuba store where rental dive gear and air fills can also be arranged.

When possible, dive with a group, and always dive with a buddy.

Dive safe and have an amazing scuba diving holiday in and around Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Cloud Sponge in Saanich Inlet - Photo by Charles Seaborn and Rockfish Divers.

The picture to the right is a fine example of a Cloud Sponge in Saanich Inlet - serviced by Rockfish Divers.

Contact us if you would like help arranging your dive trip to Race Rocks.

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