Nakwakto Rapids - For Those Who Dare

Port Hardy Scuba Diving - Nakwakto RapidsNakwakto Rapids, located some 320 kilometers (200 miles) northwest of Vancouver in the pristine dive destination waters near Port Hardy and the Queen Charlotte Islands, earned their reputation by having the fastest (around 22 knots) navigable tidal currents in the world.

And any dive site worthy of a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records is worthy of a write-up on our web site!

The Rapids have also made our list as one of Vancouver Island's Best dive sites.



But unless you are a very advanced to an expert diver, you'll just have to read about this ultimate dive, since the Nakwakto Rapids can be one of the most challenging dive sites in British Columbia.

If you are experienced enough, you'll also need to book with one of the two best dive operators in the area, our favorite, the God's Pocket Resort, or the Browning Pass Hideaway, since there are only special circumstances and tides when it is safe to do this dive.

Advanced Diver Magazine - Nakwakto RapidsBefore I give more details, you'll want to read this fantastic article.

It describes diving the Nakwakto Rapids far better than I could:

It is a .pdf article courtesy of John Rawlings, Chief Staff Writer/Photographer for Advanced Diver Magazine, and is entitled Cauldron of the North.

OK, so you've read the article and like me you'd love to try this dive – let’s jump in and dive!? Are we nuts?

On the home page we did ask if you wanted a more challenging dive?

If you think an area with such a strong current would be stripped bare of marine life, think again.

Port Hardy Scuba Diving - Gooseneck barnacles courtesy of Browning Pass HideawayThe bottom is absolutely covered with life, and even includes large groups of rare goose neck barnacles that has scientists scratching their heads….

A quote from a diver who submitted a dive review for this area states "Fantastic diving, as good or better than any warm water destination.

Walls so full of life that you can not touch a finger down for fear of touching something. Color, Color and more color."

It is so hard to initially list only three best dive sites for each area since there are so many.

And more will get added as this site grows.

Whether you experience these dives or experience other amazing sites is dependent on your level of experience, the weather and tide conditions, and the operator you choose to book with.

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While this dive is only for highly skilled divers, the waters around Port Hardy offer some of the best dives in the world, for beginners all the way to expert divers.

Amazing diving near Nakwakto Rapids and Port Hardy British Columbia on Vancouver IslandFor a true scuba diving vacation of a lifetime, you need to ensure you experience your Nakwakto Rapids diving with one of the dive resorts in the area.

Another choice is to consider a live-aboard dive holiday on the Mamro (Sorry - not operating in 2014).

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Photo (right) of Browning Wall courtesy of Darryl Leniuk.



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Nakwakto Rapids - an amazing dive destination near Port Hardy on Vancouver Island