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Port Hardy & Port McNeill | July 22-24, 2022
Port Hardy & Port McNeill | July 22-24, 2022
Port Hardy & Port McNeill | July 22-24, 2022
Port Hardy & Port McNeill | July 22-24, 2022
Port Hardy & Port McNeill | July 22-24, 2022
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Port Hardy & Port McNeill | July 22-24, 2022

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Oceanfix.ca Dive Centre
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THIS IS OUR FAVOURITE DIVING DESTINATION IN THE WORLD... JOIN US TO FIND OUT WHY

THE LOCATION

Just a 2hr drive from Campbell River on the very northern tip of Vancouver Island lies Port McNeill and Port Hardy, right on the Queen Charlotte Straight. The area is wild, rugged, and remote, and home to the best cold-water diving in the world. 

ABOVE THE SURFACE

Port McNeill is widely known as one of the best areas for whale watching on Vancouver Island. When on the surface, you can see humpback whales, orcas, minke whales, Steller sealions, Pacific white-sided dolpins, Dahl's porpoises, eagles, and an array of seabirds. 

Port Hardy is home to whales, sealions, dolphins, porpoises, and our favourites... sea otters! These awesome animals can be found in kelp forests, munching on sea urchins and playing in the waves. 

After every dive, you'll be greeted with a warm bowl of homemade soup, hot chocolate, and snacks. The captain, Steve from SunFun Divers, is very knowledgeable of the local wildlife and gives full tours during the surface intervals. He might even take you on a tour of Telegraph Cove and their whale museum. 

BELOW THE SURFACE

Port McNeill is a great introduction into Northern Vancouver Island diving. There is crystal clear visibility, towering kelp forests, and impressive walls to drift along. Never before have you seen so many rare basket stars. Schools of black rockfish find refuge in the kelp forests. And a special nudibranch that is only found on Northern Vancouver Island... the pomegranate nudibranch. 

Just 30 minutes from Port Hardy is Browning Passage, which Jacques Cousteau described as "the best diving in the world, second only to the Red Sea".  The famous Browning Wall is a plunging cliff so covered in mounds of pink soft corals, anemones, and finger sponges, that you can't see any rock. Octopus, wolfeels, and red Irish lords are hidden in cracks and crevices. Dense schools of rockfish linger close to the wall. Ratfish cruise around the crushed shell bottom and gorgonian corals can be found on deep walls. Spend your safety stop in the towering kelp forests while wondering what took you so long to dive here.

THE DIVE SITES

Port McNeill:

  • Northeast Pearce
  • Plumper Rock

Port Hardy:

  • Browning Wall
  • Seven Tree Island
  • Fantasy
  • Barry Islet (gorgonian corals)
  • Hussar Point
  • Five Fathom Rock

WHAT'S INCLUDED

 6 Boat Dives 

 2 Nights Accommodation (Double Occupancy)

 Lunch, Snacks, Drinks on the Boat

 Continental Breakfast at Hotel (Blackbear Resort, Port McNeill)

 Tanks & Air Fills

Please note: Dinner on Friday and Saturday are not included in the trip price.

PREREQUISITES

Minimum Certification: PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent)

Recent Cold Water and Drift Diving Experience Required

ITINERARY

Friday, July 22:

  • Drive to Port McNeill and meet at the boat at 10am
  • Head out to the first dive site 
  • Lunch on the boat after the first dive
  • Tour around, visit Telegraph Cove
  • Second dive
  • Head back to the dock
  • Check in at Black Bear Resort
  • Dinner 

Saturday, July 23:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Meet the boat at the Bear Cove boat launch at 8am
  • Head to Browning Pass for the first dive
  • Lunch on the boat after the first dive
  • Tour around during the surface interval
  • Second dive
  • Head back to the dock
  • Return to the Black Bear Resort and go out for dinner 

Sunday, July 24:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Check out of Black Bear Resort 
  • Meet the boat at the Bear Cove boat launch at 8am
  • Head to Browning Pass for the first dive
  • Lunch on the boat after the first dive
  • Tour around during the surface interval
  • Second dive
  • Head back to the dock
  • Head home


Payment Policy:

If 50% deposit is chosen, the remainder of the cost must be paid no less than 3 weeks before the trip date

Cancellation Policy:

  • If cancelled >2 weeks before the trip, full refund 
  • If cancelled <2 weeks before the trip, no refund unless the spot is filled. If the spot is filled, a full refund will be issued.
  • It is highly recommended that each person purchases trip or other insurance that covers cancellation and other events related to the trip

Photos thanks to Jackie Hildering, Roger McDonnell