Nature lovers will be spoilt for choice in British Columbia. Most of the scuba diving happens from Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast, Gulf Islands and also inland for fresh water diving.
From mainland Vancouver, there is a large selection of dive sites which can be accessed by boat or from shore. Steep walls, passages and purposely sunk warships create an artificial reef. Along the seabed many species of anemones, sponges, giant barnacles and unique nudibranch are found.
Around the Gulf Islands, immerse yourself in kelp forests or drift along with swift currents in channels like Proliers Pass. Channels are loaded with marine life and carpets of filter feeding soft coral and barnacles. For fresh water diving, head to Pavilion Lake for a very unique diving experience.
The highlight of diving British Columbia would be encounters with curious and mostly friendly sea lions.
The best time to see them is during October-May off Vancouver Island. From May through to October, join whale watching trips to see killer whales, humpback whales, pacific grey whales, and porpoises.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Fly to the Vancouver International Airport or Victoria International Airport on Vancouver Island. Vancouver International Airport is served by most international airlines while only a few airlines fly to the Victoria International Airport.