Diving in British Columbia

British Columbia is one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces, situated right along the Pacific Ocean on Canada’s west coast. This area is a nature lover’s paradise! Not only is the diving amazing but the land is covered in dense temperate rainforests, beautiful mountains, and the wild Pacific Ocean. Diving in British Columbia is like diving in an underwater world on steroids. The cold, nutrient rich waters of the Pacific Ocean create the perfect environment for marine life to thrive and grow big. That’s why this region is home to the giant pacific octopus, giant squid, and the giant jellyfish. Jacques Cousteau was quoted as saying that British Columbia was “the best temperate water diving in the world, and second only to the Red Sea.” Temperate may be a generous term as the water here is pretty chilly. Plan on the water temperature being around 45 – 55 degrees Fahrenheit, so come with your Dry Suit Diver certification. The visibility is good throughout most of the year. In the spring the plankton will bloom, causing visibility to decrease; however, the tradeoff is worth it. Large marine animals will come in to feed on the plankton, giving you a dive experience like no other. There’s plenty of shore diving to be had in areas like Victoria and the Sunshine Coast. More advanced divers won’t want to miss the circuit of shipwrecks using the BC Wreck Trek Passport, available for free at most dive stores.

Featured places to go in British Columbia

Vancouver Island

Home of British Columbia’s capital city Victoria, Vancouver Island has plentiful shore and boat dive sites.

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Vancouver

The bustling, fun city of Vancouver, located between mountains and ocean, make it a perfect place to admire awe-inspiring landscapes.

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Dive Sites in British Columbia

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