Port Hardy Scuba Diving - Simply Unbelievable!

Port Hardy/Browning Wall - amazing life on a piece of kelp (photo by Rob (the Grateful Diver) Baily)Port Hardy Scuba Diving - A diver's paradise at the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Anybody wanting to experience the best cold water, and perhaps even the best scuba diving they will ever experience, should get over to the beautiful Port Hardy area and the God's Pocket Resort, or the Browning Pass Hideaway for some absolutely incredible dives.

Thanks to the many divers who have visited already, including the late Jacques Cousteau, and the folks at National Geographic, Advanced Diver Magazine, Scuba Diving Magazine, Discovery Channel and Imax Films, this absolutely beautiful spot is recognized as one of the absolute best spots to dive in the world.

There are many great dive spots in the Port Hardy area that have made our list as one of Vancouver Island's Best dive sites.

Port Hardy Scuba Diving - Gods pocket Provincial ParkThe newest Provincial Park in the area, God’s Pocket Provincial Park, was given the name ‘God’s Pocket’ for a very good reason.

I don't know enough superlatives to adequately describe the rugged beauty of the Port Hardy area - above and below the water.

You need to check it out for yourself!

And within the God's Pocket Provincial Park area, and just minutes away from some amazing diving, you can find the God's Pocket Resort, our favorite dive resort in the area.

Port Hardy is at the northern end of Highway 19, and is a year-round scuba diving and wilderness recreational area.

Port Hardy was previously known for its First Nations historical sites, fishing and other natural resources, but aquaculture, eco tourism and Port Hardy scuba diving are quickly becoming the main industries here.

You may now even be able to take Port Hardy SCUBA PADI dive certifications and upgrades if you book at the Browning Pass Hideaway dive lodge.

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Some of the world’s best scuba diving, fishing and eco tourism resorts are located up here, some of which are only accessible by boat or float plane.

The following information has been provided by those fortunate enough to have dove the area, along with myself who experienced some awesome Port Hardy diving recently.:

"Phenomenal" is the word I hear the most when speaking to Port Hardy scuba divers.

The waters off northern Vancouver Island are among the finest in the world for scuba diving, with their amazing invertebrate life, fascinating wolf eels and octopus, walls loaded with colonies of pink soft coral, colorful anemones, a variety of sponges and starfish, loads of fish including westcoast salmon, seals, sea lions, and the frequent sighting of killer whales from the surface in Johnstone and Queen Charlotte Straits.

Browning Wall Rockfish - photo by Rob (The grateful Diver) BaileyThe currents in the area can be very strong, ranging from 1 knot all the way to 16+ knots.

Some of the best diving in the Port Hardy area can only be done at precise slack tide, and some are only for expert divers.

It is critical that you know your limits, book your dives with a local Port Hardy charter operator, and ensure they know and understand your specific training and experience.

Plan your dive and dive your plan.

There are many excellent dive sites in the Port Hardy area, for divers ranging from beginners to experts.

We will begin by talking about four of the favourite BC dive sites:

1). Browning Wall

2.) Hunt Rock

3.) Nakwakto Rapids

4.) 7 Tree Island

and also the liveaboard charter to the Transpac wreck which departs from Port Hardy.

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