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Row and Be Damned in British Columbia

For a dive site, Row and Be Damned is pretty much one the coolest name ever. Before I came to British Columbia, I have already decided to put this diving site on my priority list. Apparently, it is highly regarded as a favorite dive spot by many for its scenic marine life and its aptness for drift diving. Several articles have also branded it as one of the best diving spots in British Columbia.

Leveling off at 50 feet, I have seen what the talk is all about. The undersea terrain is adorned with clumps of yellow sponge, a variety of scallops, and colonies of hydroids. It is also where the Island’s signature species can be found– the actinia fragacea or the strawberry anemone.

Amidst the riot of colors in the abundant marine plants of Row and Be Damned, I can hardly see some mammals and species on its crannies and nooks. While there are various marine creatures in its waters, the stunning underwater adornments just distract you from seeing them. Based on all my exploration, this diving spot is probably the reef with the most colorful marine habitat in British Columbia.

Apart from the underwater embellishments, a lively community of wolf eels, octopus, Red Irish Lord sculpins, king crabs, tiger rockfish, lingcod, and other sorts of fishes are present on its waters. The marine life on Row and Be Damned is so copious that most of my time in diving were spent on underwater photography. My encounters with the exotic marine creatures surely provide me an opportunity to have a perfect backdrop for breathtaking images.

Diving on the waters of Row and Be Damned is only possible through a live boat. Perhaps the reason behind its name is because it requires one to row a boat to get there. Definitely, you’ll be damned if you don’t witness its beauty.

Diving in the Waters of Browning Pass

Browning Pass is a remote channel and is considered as a diving jewel in British Columbia. I cannot argue about that as I have explored it myself and have witnessed the evidence. I have already been through a variety of shores in British Columbia, but Browning Pass is one of the most memorable diving channels I have ever encountered.

Just as I have dived deep down its waters, I immediately caught a glimpse of ghostly-white sea anemones, big clumps of sulfur sponges, and pastel-pink corals. In every nook and crannies, I can see feathery hydroids, spiny red urchins, purple hydrocorals, lacy basket stars, and rock scallops. I marveled at how the living tapestries make the ocean so alive with its rainbow colors.

As if it was not enough to captivate me, more surprises have awaited me as I have leveled off deeper. Massive schools of Rockfish and Red Irish Lord, along with their juveniles, form a very thick formation in some areas that it has distracted me from my path. There are also bizarre-looking marine mammals that can rival those that can be found in tropical diving areas when it comes to exotic beauty and vibrant coloration.

There is a lot to see in the waters of Browning Pass, British Columbia. The life underwater is so abundant that I do not find enough room for my body movements. Instantly, I am adrift in the bliss of underwater photography.

Browning Pass features a wide range of diving spots that hold a diverse variety of unique marine life and unusual subsea terrain. I consider the waterway in this channel to be the best temperate diving I have yet experienced. The movement of the ocean to the surface, the seasonal upwelling, the abundant sea life, and the wide assortment of exotic marine creatures make the channel outstanding in terms of abundance and variety.