Cold water diving is tough! Drysuits, lots of weight, limited visibility, hard to get to, and it requires more skill than a regular warm water dive. But ohhh, the diving is worth it - particularly up at God's Pocket Resort in Port Hardy.
As a dive shop owner, course director and liveaboard dive boat operator, I can be a pretty demanding client (I prefer the term high standards rather than high maintenance). I want excellent diving from a great dive boat with a knowledgeable captain, good food (did I mention I'm a vegetarian too), a comfortable room all with a staff that are thrilled to be doing the work they do.
The team at God's Pocket delivers year after year. Bill and Annie have owned the resort forever! They are the kind of people you want to spend time with even when you aren't diving. The resort is comfortable, cosy, warm and inviting. The food is out of this world and they somehow attract the most amazing chef's year after year. The dive boat is phenomenal - roomy, comfortable, great space and an elevator for those of us too lazy to climb up the ladder with all our gear on. And the diving is simply the best in Canada, North America and basically any where in the world for cold water!
Last trip we had octopus, wolfeels, sealions, ratfish, rockfish, lingcod, greenlings, nudibranchs, crabs, soft coral, hard coral, bull kelp and more ... plus above water we had whales, dolphins, eagles, bear and a couple of coastal wolves! It's a once in a lifetime trip that I have been lucky enough to do 15 times. And I hope to be back 15 more!