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.

My Escapade Within British Columbia

One of the reasons why I have chosen to visit British Columbia is its ecotourism. British Columbia is home to rocky and coastal shores, colossal mountain peaks, remote towns, and ancient rainforests. Not only do I enjoy exploring the underwater, but I also consider the landscape to be breathtaking.

In my 3 years of staying here, I have fully recognized the magnificence of the province’s untamed nature. My personal journeys, whether on the land or sea, are interlaced with unbridled adventures.

When it comes to shore diving, I have found a wide selection of dive sites. Among them are the Browning Pass, Race Rocks, Renate’s Reef, Porlier Pass, Sechelt Rapids, Row and Be Damned, Nakwakto Rapids, and B.C. Dive Savvy. While there are hundreds of diving spots in British Columbia, I consider the aforementioned diving spots as the finest I have ever explored in BC. These sites are just the full package. They have rich waters, impressive dive attractions, diverse marine mammals and invertebrate life, tropical coral reefs, and adequate water temperature.

In general, British Columbia hosts a variety of marine species. No matter where I dive, I can always encounter friendly and exotic creatures including six-gill sharks, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea lions, and Humboldt squids.

Aside from the shores, I am also captivated by the expansive tracts of wilderness, pristine ecosystems, and stunning landscapes. Nature here in British Columbia is mostly untamed. In fact, they hold the record of having the highest proportion of protected areas in the world.

As terrific as it is to dive in BC’s underwater, I have the same amount of amazement to hike and walk in their parks. There are more than 1,000 sites to choose from. Beyond that, I have also experienced boating and fishing, camping, kayaking, skiing, and wildlife viewing. However, British Columbia offers more ecotourism adventures. This includes backpacking, mountaineering and mountain biking, canoeing, and boarding.

Generally, my stay in British Columbia provides me an endless opportunity for exploration and discovery!

In the Ecological Reserve: Race Rocks

While British Columbia highlights a wide range of dive sites, only a few can match the diverse marine mammals, invertebrate life, and the topside scenery in Race Rocks. Named after its characteristics– rocky reefs and strong currents– Race Rocks is truly home to exotic marine life. It highlights a lush assortment of underwater species and plants.

In particular, the area features a generous stream of nutrients to a flourishing community of subtidal marine invertebrates. As what I have spotted, this includes soft corals, hydroids, anemones, and sponges. Crowds of tunicates, sea stars, urchins, and barnacles embroider its waters.

I am really captivated by how the water of Race Rocks is so alive. Above the water, my eyes have been served with cormorants, gulls, seabirds, oystercatchers, and pigeon guillemots. Race Rocks serve as a stopover for various migratory birds, and they share the rocks with other harbor sea lions, seals, and a few elephant seals. Since Race Rocks have an exceptional marine life diversity, I think this place is perfect for any educational and scientific observation.

Before I have plunged into the waters of Rocky Rocks, I first have to ask the localities about its altitude. I have been warned that a surge can occur once in while in the area. It can prove to be problematic if I dive underwater especially near the rock-pounding ocean swells in that condition. Fortunately, I haven’t experienced diving the water in a surge. By the way, visibility varies underwater, but I have discovered that autumn months provide more vision in about and more than 40 feet.

Due to the abundance of marine species in this area, it has been established as an ecological reserve. Thus, there is a strict policy that no one should touch any of the marine resources and marine life. I really think that it is a good move despite my urge to actually touch one.

Since Race Rocks holds a diverse marine beauty, I think it is wise to conserve the richness and beauty of British Columbia’s marine areas. Other diving spots that I have explored holds their individual charms yet have been exploited due to lack of action. British Columbia is one of the places where they really prioritize their natural resources and environment, and Race Rocks is definitely a good example for that.

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.