Mamro Liveaboard Dive Adventures
The Mamro liveaboard dive boat is for serious divers who wish to experience some of the best cold water diving anywhere in the world.
Perfect for small groups of up to 6 divers who are more concerned about the amazing diving, the owners of the Mamro, Dan and Debbie Ferris, will ensure your all-inclusive liveaboard British Columbia dive trip is a memorable one.
Because of the spectacular dive areas that the Mamro visits, such as the Gulf Islands, Broughton Archipelago, North Coast, Sunshine Coast and the Browning Pass/Port Hardy area, many professional photographers book their dive trip on the Mamro liveaboard year after year.
Full boat charters to popular dive sites such as the wreck of the Transpac are also available through cooldives.com.
The Mamro allows easy access to many dive sites that have made our list as one of Vancouver Island's Best dive sites.
The food is good, there is plenty of it, the diving is fantastic and there is plenty of it too.
And as an added bonus when confined to the boat - Dan is a great and entertaining host too!
Complete the contact form at the bottom of this page to enquire about Mamro pricing and availability.
The Mamro Liveaboard Dive Boat
The Mamro Liveaboard is a 52 foot converted fishing boat that provides basic but satisfactory accommodations and fantastic diving for up to six divers and two crewmembers.
You can either book the Mamro for your small dive group, or see if we can help fit you in with another group.
While not new or fancy, it is cosy and equipped with everything you need.
Your assembled diving equipment is safely stowed on their skiff which is towed along behind the Mamro Liveaboard and used as a staging area for pre-dive safety checks.
Their air fill hose is also long enough to fill your tanks while on the skiff without having to haul them around during your trip.
The skiff is then used to drop divers at the precise location of the dive site and kept live throughout the dive.
For those who want the specs for the Mamro:
- Length: 52ft. Wood Hull
- Beam: 13 ft.
- Draft: 6 ft.
- Power: Volvo Penta Diesel, 200 HP.
- Electrical: 15 Kw, 220/110 V.
- Heat: Electric.
- Water: 450 Gal. (2000 l) fresh water.
- Heads: 2 Marine style.
- Showers: 1 fresh water c/w 15 Gal. hot water tank
- Accommodation: 6 individual guest berths(2 double)/crew quarters forward
- Galley: Electric range/oven, fridge, freezer & BBQ
- Amenities: TV, VCR, DVD player, stereo & electric dryer.
- Compressors: 7.5 CFM, c/w 2500 cu. ft.cascade system.(7.5 CFM back up)
- Radar, Depth Sounder, 3 VHF Radio’s, Marine telephone & GPS
- Required Safety equipment including oxygen.
- Fresh water camera dip tank.
Click for a list of what to bring on a Mamro Liveaboard dive holiday.
“If you are looking for a terrific dive trip with 5 of your closest diving buddies with THE MAN who is intimately familiar with the pristine dive sites of British Columbia, and doubles as a great chef --- book up the Mamro --- you won't be disappointed! ”
Mark Frobb, White Rock, British Columbia
Technical Diving on the Mamro
Dan and the Mamro Liveaboard crew specialize in Technical and Rebreather Diving.
So for serious trained divers and underwater photographers, there is no time limits on your dive.
You will need to plan in advance since all the dive gas is pre-ordered and will be waiting when you arrive. Nitrox is available and tri-mix is available with prior booking.
Year-Round Liveaboard Diving in British Columbia
The Mamro Liveaboard operates pretty much year round, depending on weather conditions.
And depending on the season and the location, British Columbia liveaboard dive trips are available for 3-11 day adventures.
They visit the Gulf Islands in the winter and early spring, the Port Hardy area in the spring and summer, and also the North Coast in Summer.
The dive sites they visit are spectacular, with colorful marine life on top of marine life, and beautiful scenery above and below the water - see below for more details.
Click for the Mamro Liveaboard 2011 and 2012 dive schedule and book your spot now.
Note the dates fill up fast so the above schedule will not be the most-up-to-date. Complete the form at the bottom of this page to receive the most current information.
Some of the more popular and incredible dive areas that the Mamro Liveaboard can get you to include:
Nanaimo, British Columbia Diving
Nanaimo is home to the Saskatchewan, Cape Breton and Rivtow Lion Artificial Reefs. Diving is varied including wreck diving, wall diving and shallow reefs. Snake Island, which is also a popular dive destination, is close by. There, you can view Cloud Sponge and Plumose Anemone along a wall that offers everything for beginners and experienced divers alike. An all time favourite is the chance to dive or snorkel with the seals as they come up to greet you by nibbling on your fins. If you're lucky, you may see a pod of transient killer whales that sometimes pass by on their way further north.
Divers suite-up on board the Mamro Liveaboard where it is warm and comfortable, then transfer to the skiff putting on the rest of their gear during the short ride to the dive site. A wide-rung ladder ensures that you are able to return to the deck of the skiff with as little effort as possible. Your tanks are refilled on the skiff leaving your gear set-up undisturbed.
Diving the Gulf Islands
There are over 200 islands in the Gulf situated between southern Vancouver Island and the mainland. The Gulf Islands offer a unique blend of civilization and solitude. Diving is varied and includes wall diving in Porlier Pass, Gabriola Pass or Dodd Narrows. Great photo opportunities are presented as they cruise by colonies of sea lions or Eagle Wall while returning to the Mamro Liveaboard on the dive skiff. The rustic beauty of these islands seems to make time stand still. The Gulf Islands are a great change for those of you who want to come to Nanaimo, but would like a break from diving the wrecks.
While cruising back to the Mamro Liveaboard on the skiff, you are also likely to see some of the ancient petroglyphs that decorate the walls of the islands in this area. Bald Eagles are plentiful and the photographic opportunities are breath taking. An added bonus to the spectacular diving in the Gulf Islands, is the beauty of the scenery above the water. Photographer or not, we know you’ll enjoy the natural wonder of this area.
Diving the Amazing Port Hardy Area
The Port Hardy/northeast coast of Vancouver Island is an area of rugged beauty, crooked forests, and clusters of islands. Each Mamro Liveaboard trip offers the possibility of seeing a pod of killer whales with the sun glistening off their dorsal fins as they surface beside the boat. In the late summer, schools of Pacific white sided dolphins return to this area to frolic and ride the bow of the boat. Without a care in the world, these friendly mammals create an exhilarating photo opportunity. The diving is unbelievable, with the many current-swept passage walls that are magnificent gardens of life, flourishing in these nutrient rich waters on the pinnacles jutting up from the depths.
Wolf Eel eagerly greet you at the bottom of the anchor chain. The valley of gorgonian coral, and of course the Octopus, Puget Sound King Crab and Hooded Nudibranchs all await your discovery. It is a well known destination dive for many international divers. After a full day of diving, some hit the bunk, others, watch a movie or play cards or, as the fog gently rolls in on the horizon, head for shore to have an old-fashioned campfire!
Just a few of the Mamro Liveaboard popular dive sites in the Port Hardy area include:
- Nakwakto Rapids
- Sea Lion Rock
- Browning Wall
- 7 Tree island
- Hunt Rock
- Dillon Rock
- Barry Island
- Sea Lion Rock, and many more
The Sunshine Coast
After a 40 minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver, drive South along the coast to meet up with the Mamro at Pender Harbour. The Mamro Liveaboard cruises the protected waters of Agamemnon Channel, Jervis and Sechelt Inlets. The Sunshine Coast greets us with the breathtaking beauty of magnificent waterfalls and sheer mountains. You will dive walls covered with Gorgonian Corals, Cloud Sponges and Chimney Sponges. Sechelt Inlet is the home of the artificial reef HMCS Chaudiere, one of the earliest efforts by the Artificial Reef Society. The ARF create environmentally- and economically-sustainable "artificial reefs" in British Columbia and around the world for the enjoyment of Scuba Divers and the protection of environmentally- and historically-sensitive marine habitats.
No Sunshine Coast trip is complete without a visit to the 9-ft bronze Mermaid that is located at Saltery Bay. After an exciting day of diving, you can relax in the comfort of Mamro's galley where you'll enjoy a delicious meal prepared by your hosts. Life is good diving on the Mamro.
Central Coast Diving
Explore the Central Coast of British Columbia in the comfort and freedom of the live-a-board, MV Mamro, your home away from home. Dive the wreck of the 330 foot steamship, Ohio - dating back to 1909 - at Carter Bay or take on the challenge of diving the Transpac which is a great wreck, 110 feet at the bow. The marine life above the wreck is interesting, and the topography offers an appealing alternative to the wreck dive if you don't like the depth.
Cruising up the Inside Passage offers great opportunities for the photographers in the group. Underwater you will probably see Octopus, Wolf Eels, Rockfish and much more. Bring your camera, you won't be disappointed.
Weather is always the determining factor but they often have the opportunity to search for Kermode (Spirit) Bears and relax in the hot springs at Tallheo or Eucott Bay.
Bubble, bubble, roil and hopefully no trouble fittingly describes the raging torrent of seawater that surges daily through British Columbia's Nakwakto Rapids. Watching the maximum tidal exchange in Nakwakto's diminutive 300-metre-wide channel is like witnessing a liquid maelstrom.
Standing defiantly in the middle of the channel is a tiny, steep-sided island named Turret Rock. Local legend has it that this islet actually vibrates in the fast-flowing currents, giving rise to its more common nickname - Tremble Island. More likely, this ominous moniker refers to the involuntary shivers that run up and down scuba divers' spines when preparing to make a descent there.
Booking The Mamro
Because of the small number of divers able to participate on each dive trip, and the popularity of liveaboard dive adventures in British Columbia, you need to book your spot(s) well in advance.
Pricing is based on $240 CDN per day for individuals but discounted group pricing is available,and includes:
- Plenty of good food on board for breakfast, lunch & dinner, and snacks between meals
- First day - 3 Dives; All other days - 4 dives; Last day - 2 Dives
- Professional site orientations
- all safety standards current & inspected by Canadian Coast Guard
- Pillows, pillowcases & towels
- Two heads, one shower
- Al 80 CF Scuba Tanks
- Soft Weight Belts
- Movie DVDs, marine-life library, cards and games.
* All prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are subject to 12% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax)
** Group rates are available - please complete the following form. Whole-boat booking discounts and special pricing for Technical Trips are also available.
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