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Scuba Diving in the Broughton Archipelago

Scuba Dive the rich undersea world in the waters of Blackfish Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait & Johnstone Strait

Overview

In the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest at the mouth of Knight Inlet, lies a 30,000 acre protected marine sanctuary called the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park. The region is world famous for wildlife viewing for Grizzly Bears, Orca and Humpback Whales. 

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 What is not well known is that the underwater world of the Archipelago also features some of the most rich, bio-diverse and enticing cold water diving opportunities to be found in the Northern Hemisphere. Fed by a large daily tidal exchange from the Pacific Ocean, the underwater habitat here is a feast of colour and life with creatures both large and small from Steller sea lions, Giant Pacific octopus and Harbour seals to sponges, urchins, anemones, rockfish and king crabs. 

Farewell Harbour Lodge is a world-class wildlife viewing lodge which recently garnered a coveted 2020 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Award putting it in the top 10% of resorts worldwide.  Farewell Harbour has developed a unique and exciting complementary lodge-based dive program to explore the rich, underwater world of the Broughton Archipelago. Launched in the winter of 2020, our dive program will be offering the same attention to hospitality and adventure that garnered us the Travelers’ Choice Award.

What makes a dive adventure especially unique at Farewell Harbour Lodge is that we offer not only world class cold water diving but we also offer a host of guided adventures top side. These include seasonal Grizzly and Black bear viewing, whale watching for Bigg’s Orcas (transients) and Northern Resident Orcas as well as Humpback whales and other marine mammals such as Pacific White Sided dolphins, Dall’s porpoises and Steller sea lions. We also have a fleet of stable double kayaks to explore the above-water world in peace and tranquility. In addition to these activities, we also offer lodge-based experiences such as calming and meditative Forest Bathing (Shinrin-Yoku) sessions, rainforest ecology walks, Indigenous cultural site visits, and excursions to see and explore small coastal hamlets such as Sointula and Echo Bay which are rich in pioneer history. These non-dive adventures make Farewell Harbour a perfect spot for couples who may not share equally in the passion for the underwater world.  

Farewell Harbour Lodge offers 6 day all-inclusive dive packages departing from Alder Bay RV Park & Marina on northern Vancouver Island to Farewell Harbour. Guests can purchase an add-on flight and fly round trip from Vancouver International Airport’s South Terminal (YVR South) direct to Port Hardy via Pacific Coastal Airlines. 

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 Guests who have a vehicle can connect with our tours in Alder Bay where the Farewell Harbour water taxi awaits to whisk you on a short ride across Johnstone Strait to the lodge. Alder Bay, on Vancouver Island, is a short drive on a well maintained road off of Highway 19 near Telegraph Cove, just south of Port McNeill. Free parking is provided for guests courtesy of Farewell Harbour Lodge.

For guests without a vehicle, or connecting direct via Vancouver Airport, we operate a complimentary shuttle service direct from the Port Hardy Airport to Alder Bay and our waiting water taxi. The shuttle takes approximately 35 minutes from the Port Hardy Airport to Alder Bay. 

Upon arrival at Farewell Harbour Lodge, you’ll be warmly greeted by our staff and provided with a short orientation, lunch and then settled into your rooms before heading out onto the water for our first afternoon dive. After your afternoon dive session, join your fellow travellers in our dining room for a glass of premium BC wine or beer before a sumptuous supper. After supper, sit fireside in the lounge or take in the sunset relaxing on the deck. 

The following day, after an early morning breakfast, you will head out on your first of 3 daily dives. We select from a wide range of local dive hotspots depending on weather, tides and currents and experience levels. Depending on the dive spots of the day, we may return to the lodge for lunch or bring lunch with us to maximize our dive opportunities. Typically, if conditions permit, we offer a night dive on day 2, 3 or 4. We feature small group experiences with a maximum of 8 guests per boat. 

Each day offers an opportunity to explore a new locale and we are often pleasantly interrupted by local marine mammal activity along the way. The last day offers the opportunity for a morning marine mammal excursion, sea kayak excursion, rainforest walk or time to relax at the lodge before heading back to Alder Bay by midday in our water taxi.  

Dates

Our 2021 Trip Dates are:
  • June 16-21
  •  June 30-July 5
  • October 25-30

FAQ

Please see our general FAQ page for detailed answers to many of our most often asked questions.

Booking Details


For detailed Scuba Diving Package information and pricing, please go to our Contact page and complete the inquiry form and we'll get back to you within 1 business day!