Happy guest diving Port Hardy on the Nautilus Swell. One diver’s story. Rob Roy.

Diver biography: Robert Roy

I learned how to dive while on vacation in the Philippines just over 5 years ago, and I was hooked on scuba instantly! I then made as many trips as I could to various tropical locations, in order to get as much diving in as possible. During these trips, a few people mentioned to me that the diving in the Pacific North West region was very good. Since I live in Vancouver, B.C. (and I could not afford to spend all of my time in the tropics!), I decided to give local cold water diving a try. Although it was a bit challenging at first to get the hang of using a drysuit, with a bit of perseverance, I eventually came to realize that the coastal waters of British Columbia have some of the best diving in the world, cold water or otherwise!

For me, there are several attractions for British Columbia’s diving and underwater photography. Not only is it conveniently close to home, but also the diving itself is absolutely world class. We have many underwater critters that are very photogenic. From beautiful nudibranchs to pacific spiny lumpsuckers, we have amazing macro photography. For bigger critters, we have wolf eels and giant pacific octopus, with their individual personalities and their propensity to interact with divers in a friendly way. Another big attraction for me is the simple fact that relatively few people are diving cold-water relative to tropical. This affords me photographic opportunities that few other divers have, and diving in pristine world-class locations with few other divers around. It is truly a privilege to dive these waters, and it amazes me how few people are taking advantage of it.

I now have 700 dives, with more than half being cold water. Apart from British Columbia, I have also dived extensively in South-East Asia, Hawaii and the Caribbean. In my experience, here are 3 locations that stand out for me as being the best for diving and underwater photography:

1. 1. North-East Vancouver Island (i.e., Browning Pass)
2. 2. Socorro Island
3. 3. Anilao, Philippines

I keep going back to Browning Pass because the diving there is absolutely world-class (I’ve lost count, but I think I have taken about 9 trips to that area). My recent trip there aboard the Nautilus Swell was the most luxurious cold-water diving experience I have ever had! I had never tried a cold-water live-aboard before, and now I am absolutely hooked. I would love to try their Alaska trip (and/or Haida Gwaii) ASAP. I am already booked to go back to Socorro on the Nautilus Explorer this June, so I guess Alaska will have to wait until next year! (Unfortunately there is this work-thing I have to do between dive trips to pay for all that diving!) 😉

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One Response to Happy guest diving Port Hardy on the Nautilus Swell. One diver’s story. Rob Roy.

  1. Melissa Howey says:

    You’d be hard pressed to find a better cold water scuba photographer than Rob Roy. Great guy, skilled diver, fantastic photographer. I think Nautilus and Rob are a mercy made in heaven. I’m even more excited now for our Gwaii Haanas trip now!

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