A top diving destination anywhere on the planet
British Columbia diving is amongst some of the most colourful, diverse and interesting on the planet and Campbell River and Quadra Island are certainly no exception.
Discovery Passage has some of the highest volume of tidal flow in the world providing nutrient rich waters to nourish the plethora of marine animals.
There are dozens of popular dive sites in the immediate area including Copper Cliffs, Whiskey Point, Steep Island and the 366’ wreck of the HMCS Columbia.
Please note that due to high currents and challenging diving conditions you should be an experienced temperate water diver to join on our Campbell River Dive Charter.
Wrek Trek WeekendLabor Day weekend saw eight of us exploring five of the wrecks in the beautiful waters off Courtney and Campbell River. Bill Coltart from Big Animal Encounters was a superb host and Trish is rapidly getting her legs as a first class boat Captain. Pacific Seeker and Atta-Tude are great dive boats with room for all our gear and indoor comfort for those surface intervals. The diving was superb as expected, but BAE know their stuff. Humpback whales during one surface interval, a superb lunch at Lund Landing on another. They make a good weekend a great weekend. Not a diver? No worries BAE will show you the west coast waters of BC as you have never seen it before.
Epic dive tripThree days of epic diving, Bill took us to some of the best wreck diving sites on the west coast. He and his crew makes us feel like we’re among friends every time on board, wether you’re on board for the first time or have been many times.
Fantastic adventureThis was my third trip with Big Animal Encounters and it was definitely the best! The skipper Chris was friendly, knowledgeable and ensured I was having a great time. Dive master Trish was also friendly and knowledgeable of the area and the animals that were in the area. I felt safe and relaxed the whole time. Really appreciate that they were able to pick me up at my hotel as well.
British Columbia has a rich maritime history, and central Vancouver Island is no exception. On occasion we will offer a special multi-day tours where we will visit numerous wrecks including:
- the SS Capilano (1915),
- MV Gulfstream (1947),
- Tug Shamrock,
- HMCS Columbia (1996),
- and the May Island Ferry.
Be sure to check back often for updates on these and other special diving events.
Comox / Hornby Island Diving Tours
If you are looking for a true Big Animal Encounter, then join us for our Comox Diving Charters.
We visit Hornby Island and the surrounding area where we see a diversity of large animals including sea lions, wolf eels, giant Pacific octopus and much more.
There are also numerous shipwrecks in the area including the SS Capilano which sank in 1915 and MV Gulfstream – 1947.
Check our calendar for upcoming departures. We also offer private boat bookings and technical diving opportunities.
* Images courtesy of Maxwel Hohn