Browning Wall


Location: Located in Browning Passage north of Port Hardy, British Columbia. Probably THE most famous wall dive in British Columbia.


Type: Boat, wall and drift dive


GPS: 50.84678, -127.6432


Above Water: This is a shear wall starts at about 100 ft. (30m.) above the water line.


Underwater: The wall streches a signifcant distance along Browning Passage. Bottom depths range from 180 ft. (54 m.) to 230 ft. (70 m.) The proliferation of marine life starts right at the tide line.This wall is covered with an unserpasted amount of some of the most beautiful invertebrate marine life you will ever see. Sponges, anemones, soft corals, nudibranchs, urchins, crabs, sea stars, bryozoans, and other life forms cover the wall and come in almost every shade of the rainbow, although brilliant reds, oranges, yellows, purples, and white are the most common colours. On the wall, you will often encounter longfin sculpins, red Irish lords, Puget Sound king crabs, the occasional octopus, and various varieties of rockfish.

Large orange peel nudibranchs, giant barnacles, and large basket stars are common. Deadman's finger sponges and large scallops stick out form the wall at different locations.

The marine life here just seems to go on and on. Take some time to examine the small life here. Find an interesting looking patch and spend five minutes just admiring the microcosm of life that every square foot of this wall hosts. You will be amazed at what you find.


Hazards: Current and boat traffic. Go with a charter operator who knows the area very well.


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