UWE has been back on the Sunshine Coast for the month of October, diving with the old crew. Sarah, Rob, Nancy, Paul, Jeremy, Bruno and Sam. We have been out at the all time favorite shore site, yes you got it Tuwanek. We have been treated to the Giant Pacific Octopus, and Wolf Eel’s, all the fabulous marine life that Tuwanek has to offer, and as always the visibility was 100 ft plus!! Temperatures are dropping that is for sure, but great diving never the less!
We also made it out on the zodiac for a days worth of diving. We picked two dive sites which we/I had never dived before. The first site, is one I had wanted to try on a few occasions but never really made it in there. I can not remember the name of the place, but it was the rocks just down from Pipers Point, it had some very interesting areas, we even ran into two Giant Pacific Octopods, one that appeared to have died very recently, then the second in the same den which was still alive. The topography was amazing. Then the second dive site was 9 mile point, but we went in around the corner, where normally the divers are exiting at so it was a new area for us. Once again the wall was amazing topography wise, and it had plenty of depth. The one group of divers had indicated that they had seen an octopus, around 80 – 90 foot, but the group I was with did not.
Overall it was fabulous diving the inlet again, as well as diving with my old friends, and meeting some new people….thank you to all who made the dives so wonderful!
Thursday had us diving up in Howe Sound off the coast of Gambier Island. Visibility was easily 30 – 40 meters, though cold! Water temp was in and around 45 f, but it was great diving. Our first dive had us entering the water from the dock, and we headed down in the the depths. The bottom is sandy, with a lovely wall. Sure enough hiding in one of the numerous cracks was a wolf eel, in about 70 feet of water.
As we proceeded back along the wall, in the sand we spied a lovely little red octo scurrying to the wall, hoping to get to safety….this type of octo is the smaller ones we find here in the Pacific.
Dive two had us in the shallows off a small reef in the middle of the inlet. We were able to swim most of the reef, though not a large number of fish, there were lots of nudibranch to been seen, with a hug number of the Hooded variations.
Be sure to come on into to Suncoast Diving and book yourself a charter in order to get yourself out there and enjoy the diving!!
Dive one back in BC, and out on the zodiac, and off to the Tuwanek Abyss. We rolled into the beach at the Abyss, and I took my time making sure all the equipment was set correctly…and I was amazed how heavy and 20 lbs weight belt feels again. Bob, took the customers out on the dive while Sammy was stuck with me…making sure I was alright.
We got everything situated, and short surface swim later we were descending into the deep. The vis was mucky, and dark…but still 20 feet or so, and the bottom came into view at about 45 – 50 feet. We slide down the wall and settled into the 100ft mark and proceeded along, and though the number of fish are far less then what it is in the tropics, but the topography is amazing. With about 8 minutes bottom time remaining, we slowly slide up to the 40 foot mark as our turn around started us back towards the beach.
Overall it was not as dramatic as I first thought my first cold water dive would be in the last 6 months. I am certainly looking forward to getting back at it.