The Halkett Bay and Gambier Island dives were the focus of this weekend’s adventures.
Here’s Captain Kevin’s dive report:
“What an extraordinary weekend we had! With the tides just right, we were able to dive the rare glass sponge reef(aka Sponge Bob) of Halkett Bay on Saturday, a newly protected area by the Province of BC. Typically a challenging dive due to depth and strong surface current, the site Sponge Bob is not regularly accessible. To see this location divers have to be highly experienced with good buoyancy as the reef drops in excess of 150ft. This weekend the bioherm was 78ft at its shallowest so with calm seas and some interesting surface current, 12 divers had the chance to see the rare glass sponges with Jan marking the way. Our second dive was Twin Peaks which is located in Brigade Bay, Gambier Island. Divers reported a gentle ebb drift, with excellent viz opening up at 25ft. Divers saw two large wolf eels! There were also many reported sightings of octopus dens, but this time around the octopus eluded the drivers.
Sunday turned out to be a warm day with partially sunny skies and calm seas. We had double wreck dives on HMCS Annapolis, and a mixed group of divers turned up for both exploration and wreck training. Viz was reported to be clear at depth opening up on the hangers to 50ft, but a bit cloudy in the top 30ft. Divers explored the bow of Annapolis reporting a growing spread of young plumose anemones.
All divers reported having a great dive!
We hope to see you out diving soon!”
Visibility: 20 ft visibility in top 20ft, opening up to 50ft at depth. Improving conditions.
Weather: Saturday was rainy, Sunday was sunny and calm seas
Sightings: 2 wolf eels, the rare glass sponge bioherm, and lots of life on the wreck
Crew: Bob, Jan, Deon, Rachel