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DIVE WITH CANADA'S ICONIC MARINE LIFE

 

Expedition:

Scuba Diving with giant octopuses, steller sea lions, and many other iconic Canadian marine giants!

Location:

Vancouver Island, Canada.

Accommodation:

Comfortable Hotel in Campbell River near Quadra Island

Experience Level:

Advanced open water scuba certification

   

2018 Dates:

October 21-27 6 SPOTS AVAILABLE

Price:

US$1995 per person based on double occupancy

Trip Leader:

Andy Murch

 

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

5 days of 2 tank boat dives at world famous Quadra Island

6 Nights accommodation.

Breakfast and lunch.

Tanks and Weights.

Experienced Dive Guide.

Round trip transfers from Victoria Airport.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

Personal diving equipment, flights, dinners, gratuities.

Vancouver Island Diving Expedition

THE BEST NON-TROPICAL DIVING IN THE WORLD

This is your chance to encounter iconic North Pacific animals against a reef-scape so colourful that you will forever find the rest of the planet a little dull in comparison.

Diving legend Jacque Yves Cousteau summed it up nicely when he said that in his opinion. "Vancouver Island has the best cold water diving in the world".

 

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LARGER THAN LIFE STELLER SEA LIONS

If you've played with sea lions further south, you know how boisterous and fun they can be. The steller sea lions of Vancouver Island are no exception, they're just bigger :)

Stellers gret twice as big and their southern cousins and they love to buzz divers. It can be a little intimidating when you're surrounded by a large group of these rambuncious pinnipeds but they're generally not aggressive playmates.

 

Vancouver Island Diving Expedition

 

TRULY GIANT PACIFIC OCTOPUSES!

GPOs are the largest octopuses in the world. The biggest one on record was a whopping 10m across! Ours are a little more modest, generally around 2m wide from tentacle tip to tentacle tip but we do see an occasional 3m individual. Diving with octopuses on Vancouver Island isn't that hard. At some sites you can generally see 5 or 6 but they are quite shy so you often see a few suckers sticking out of a crack in the reef. Early in the morning or later in the day are the best times to look for them hunting on the reef. Once spotted they generally hold still for a while, allowing photographers to get a handful of images before they ooch away into the nearest hole.

 

Vancouver Island Diving Expedition

 

NUDIBRANCHS ON STEROIDS

Vancouver Island's reefs are packed with colorful invertebrates that thrive in the nutrient rich waters of the Salish Sea. If you want to spend your dives hunting for tiny nudibranchs and other macro invertebrates you'll run out of memory cards long before you run out of photo subjects. But if you like your sea slugs a little larger, we've got some enormous species here on the island such as Orange Peel Nudibranchs and Giant Dendronotids that grow almost as long as your forearm!

 

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TAKE A STROLL THROUGH THE FOREST

Diving on Vancouver Island would not be complete without one or two forays into the kelp forest. Most of the sites that you dive will have stands of bull kelp in the shallows. These kelp forests are important refuges for hundreds of different species including huge schools of rockfish that hunt, breed and hide their young among the kelp fronds and holdfasts.

When the sun shines through the canopy, diving in Vancouver Island's kelp forests is a surreal experience you won't want to miss.

 

 

GIGANTIC INVERTEBRATES

Its not just marine mammals and giant Pacific octopuses that are huge around Vancouver Island. The invertebrates that cling to every available surface are enormous too! From Plumose Anemones to Sun Stars, everything is larger than life. So big in fact, that you might as well leave your macro lenses at home.

 

 

AN ARTIST'S PALETTE

In certain areas, the colors of the reef are beyond anything you can find in the tropics and colorful fish seem to gravitate to the island's rocky shore line. You would think that it would be dangerous to be so brightly adorned in a place where predators abound but if the reef is on fire, you need to be too if you want to fit in.

 

 

 

NOT SO GIANT SHARKS

Well, this is embarrassing... Although virtually everything in the Salish Sea is enormous, our sharks are actually quite small. We do have some absolute behemoths called Bluntnose Sixgill Sharks but we don't see those very often. Much more common are North Pacific Spiny Dogfish Sharks. These pint sized predators were once considered to be the same as the ones in the Atlantic but a few years ago DNA testing revealed that they're actually unique to the North Pacific. So if you're a shark fan, this is your chance to tick off a new species that you won't find anywhere else.

 

 

VANCOUVER ISLAND DIVING EXPEDITION ITINERARY

DAY ONE: 10am Pick up in Victoria. Drive north to Campbell River (about 3.5hrs) settle into the hotel and prepare dive gear and cameras for tomorrow.

DAYS TWO TO SIX: 8am breakfast in the hotel then transfer to the dive boat. Dive on the beautiful reefs of Vancouver Island and Quadra Island. Lunch onboard. Dive again in the early afternoon then return to the hotel and relax or venture out into the surrounding forests to hike and enjoy Vancouver Island's beautiful topside scenery.

DAY SEVEN: After a relaxed breakfast we will take you back to Victoria for your flight home or to enjoy more of Vancouver Island's attractions such as whale watching with resident orcas, hiking the West Coast Trail, exploring the island's many parks and peaks or enjoying cultural and historical tours in the heart of the city.

*Post trip activities once back in Victoria are not included in the package but we can offer advice on where to go, what to do, and help you book some adventures.

 

 

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EXPLORE THE SALISH SEA WITH PHOTOGRAPHER ANDY MURCH

As an Underwater Photojournalist, I have traveled around the world in search of the best diving this planet has to offer. After visiting more than 70 countries and diving in as many as I could, I have not found a destination that is anywhere near as colorful as Vancouver Island. And tiny Quadra Island is one of our gems!

Come and see for yourself how special this island s.

Andy Murch

 

 

Vancouver Island Diving Expedition

 

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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as National Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver.com 

 

When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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Andy is also the driving force behind the PREDATORS IN PERIL PROJECT which shines a spotlight on many endangered species of sharks and rays that are largely overlooked by mainstream conservation groups. Predators In Peril is entirely funded by Big Fish Expeditions.

 

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