Tofino Diving - A World Class Eco Adventure & Scuba Diving Destination
While Tofino diving may be a relatively new idea to some, many are now discovering that Tofino also has world-class diving in addition to its amazing eco-tourism, fishing charters, whale watching charters, wildlife viewing, hiking, and of course, its world-class beaches and surfing.
This scenic water-front town, 42 km.(26 miles) north of Ucluelet, 130 km (80 miles) west of Port Alberni, and 338 km.(210 miles) north of Victoria on Vancouver Island, is a laid-back town on the northern edge of Pacific Rim National Park.
The Tofino area includes miles of shoreline at nearby Long Beach with pounding waves which make it a great location for walking, hiking, beach combing and excellent surfing (dude).
And along with great surfing comes surf equipment rental shops, craft shops, artist studios and galleries, eco adventure, sight-seeing and whale watching tours and shops, and incredible west coast scenery.
It truly is a great spot for Tofino diving, Tofino snorkeling, ocean kayaking in and around Clayoquot Sound, and other adventure and eco/wildlife tours and viewing.
World Class Diving in Clayoquot Sound
The Clayoquot Sound area, with its rugged coastline, islands and mountainous areas, is also home to a very rare coastal temperate rainforest.
So rare in fact the whole area was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area in 2000, which further supports their position as a role model for conservation, sustainable development, and support for eco research, education and awareness, and training.
In addition to the great dive sites at nearby Barkley Sound, the islands near Tofino make for some amazing, colorful Tofino dive sites as well.
One of our favorite dive magazines, Northwest Dive News, had an article on Tofino Diving in their January 2009 issue.
Diving in Tofino
The west coast of Vancouver Island is known as the 'Graveyard of the Pacific' for all the ships it has taken over the years, which means loads of great underwater wrecks to dive!
There are Tofino dive sites for divers of all skill and training levels, and for those who just want to snorkel as well.
You need to watch the tides and currents, but shore dives and Tofino dive charters are available to see the local wrecks, as well as many pinnacle, reef, wall and drift dive sites.
In addition to wildlife such as whales, eagles, seals, sealions, otters and bears that you will probably see enroute to the dive sites, you can expect to see a ton of marine life, including many types of starfish, carpets of colorful anemone, wolf eels, octopus, sponges, varieties of nudibranch and tunicates, many types of rockfish, yellow and white dorids, and much more.
Currents in the area and around the islands, such as Blunden, Meares and Vargas Islands, can be strong so ensure you check the local conditions, plan your dive and dive your plan.
Our recommended dive charter operator in the area is Andy and Christina Edwards of Ocean Planet Adventures.
Both have been diving in the area for years, are extremely familiar with local currents and Tofino's best dive sites, and are also PADI certified Divemasters and instructors.
They are informative and professional, yet have fun while diving and offer great information and snacks!
They also have scuba diving equipment available for rent or purchase, and offer scuba and snorkeling lessons and will ensure divers of all levels and abilities have a memorable time diving in Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Contact us to start booking your Tofino Scuba Diving & adventure holiday.
Driving to Tofino
From the South:
If you are coming from the south, such as Victoria, Nanaimo, or by ferry from Vancouver, drive north on Highway 19 for 35km (after Nanaimo), until you reach Highway 4.
Exit to Highway 4 and drive 47 km west on to Port Alberni.
Continue travelling west from Port Alberni on Highway 4 for around 90 km until you reach the junction for either Tofino or Ucluelet.
Turn right and travel around 35 km through the beautiful Pacific Rim National Park until you reach the village of Tofino.
From the North:
If you are driving from the north from places like Campbell River, Comox or Port Hardy, drive south through Campbell River and Comox until you reach Highway 4.
Drive around 50 km west on Highway 4 to Port Alberni.
Continue traveling west from Port Alberni on Highway 4 for around 90 km until you reach the junction for either Tofino or Ucluelet.
Turn right and travel 35 km through the beautiful Pacific Rim National Park until you hit the wonderful village of Tofino.
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