Diving Quadra Island
Embrace the Beauty of Diving Quadra Island
Diving the waters around Quadra Island are some of the most scenic in the world.
Join us for a very unique trip to one of the best cold water diving areas
Vancouver Island has to offer.
Whether you enjoy admiring vast schools of rockfish as you descend through the forests of bull kelp, or are amazed by the immensity of the invertebrate life, the dive sties around Quadra Island offer a little bit of everything for any type of diver. Sheer current swept walls covered in life, reefs carpeted with beautiful Strawberry Anemones and unique shipwrecks make this the perfect place to experience the true beauty of Pacific Northwest diving.
For photographers and underwater historians, diving Quadra Island is the place to get your fix! The waters around British Columbia are famous for their abundant macro life and Quadra Island is a mecca for macro and wide angle photo opportunites. If your shot list includes a multitude of nudibranchs, sponges or facinating crabs and small fish species; we got them for you here. If that list also includes beautiful seascapes and vistas with reefs filled with fish and covered in colour, join us on this adventure.
For all of you wanting to experience a little bit of history, Quadra Island offers three very unique opportunities. The HMCS Columbia now rests in a sheltered bay only about 15 minutes from the boat launch. The Columbia was sunk in 1996 by the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia. This 112 meter (366 ft.) destroyer now rests with its bow lying in 36 m. (120 ft.) of water and the superstructure and wheelhouse are at 18 m. (60 ft.). Another must see wreck in this area is the May Island ferry wreck. This small, life incrusted wreck is something to behold. At low tide about 1/3 of the wrecks hull glistens in the sun while the rest, still protected from the open air is home to a variety of marine life: Giant Pacific Octopus, sea otters and greenling make their home in and around this ship.
The last and truly unique entity of this trifecta is Ripple Rock and its place in history relating to Seymour Narrows and shipping. This rock was a marine hazard responsible for more than 20 large vessels and at least 100 smaller vessels being damaged or sunk. Before its destruction in 1958, Ripple Rock had claimed at least 114 lives. The museum in Campbell River has the complete history of Ripple Rock and the engineering marvel it took to change the underwater landscape. Diving at this spot presents many challenges however the rewards can outweigh the risks. The remnants of this pinnacle is covered in invertebrate life and huge schools of fish surround the steep sides.